September Book Review

September Book Review by Margot Watson

“The Fast Diet” Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer

Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer have collaborated and produced a No. 1 Bestseller “The Fast Diet”.

They state the following “We all know how you are supposed to lose weight: eat low-fat foods, exercise more… and never, ever skip meals. This has been standard dietary advice for decades and though it may work for some people, levels of obesity continue to soar. So is there an alternative? We think there is. Intermittent fasting. Based on the work of leading scientists from around the world, this is an exciting new alternative to standard dieting”.

The authors advocate that you eat normally for five days cutting your calorie intake for those two days to a ¼ of your normal level. (Fasting days are 3 days apart).

This book has some fascinating scientific information on the benefits of intermittent fasting in regard to adrenal function, activation of biochemical pathways and hormonal function. The authors discuss the benefits of healthy choices, portion control and individual needs.

The menu plans tend to focus primarily on calorific intake as the primary measurement, the low calorie menu days are very grain, legume, seeds and nut deficient, I would be loathe to advocate some of the meal options. The authors at times talk about “fast and feast and only two days of being good” I would encourage my clients to “be good” most of the time!!

It is an interesting read and I do feel that there is a place for intermittent fasting in our lifestyles.