Intermittent Fasting Plan
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Intermittent Fasting Plan for weight loss, and wonder if any readers have tried it and would be prepared to share their results?
While you might have been under the impression that fasting was not a healthy way of losing weight, more and more we are hearing that the intermittent fasting plan is a beneficial way to restrict calories and lose weight.
This could be because this is how our bodies adapted to live in the days when food was not available. If you want to read a great online treatment of the subject, read Dr. Mercola’s website.
The intermittent fasting plan first gained prominence in the UK when the respected BBC science program Horizon reported on the fascinating findings and diet progress of medical journalist Dr Michael Mosley. Although initially unenthusiastic, on the BBC news website, Dr. Mosley reported:
I followed this diet for 5 weeks, during which time I almost lost a stone and my blood markers, such as IGF-1, glucose and cholesterol, improved. If I can maintain that, it will greatly reduce my risk for age-related diseases like cancer and diabetes.
Intermittent fasting plan: what is it?
Well, as the title indicates, it is a way to lose weight by intermittently “fasting” with a normal diet. Let me tell you right away that a “fast” day is not a complete fast, it is 500 calories for women or 600 for men. Most people find it relatively easy to “fast” for a short time knowing that they will soon be eating normally again.
The body will not have time to enter the “weight preservation” mode normally associated with severe calorie restriction. This mode of weight preservation is the reason most diets fail, because the body gradually adapts to survive on fewer and fewer calories.
Obviously, the theory is that because in 2 days you will drastically reduce your calorie intake, your total calorie intake will drop significantly because most people do not feel the need to binge on their “normal” eating days.
Unfortunately, in the UK, many clinicians are still less than enthusiastic about the approach. They claim that the reported results are anecdotal and not supported by solid research. They stick to the line that “fasting is dangerous.”
Would you prefer that those patients who show interest in this method of weight loss return in a few years for statins, or as diabetics? Would they rather restrict calories every day and fail again when the body learns to adapt to the lowest level?
Yes, conventional fasting for a long period IS dangerous. But this is an intermittent fasting plan, and 500 or 600 calories for 2 out of 7 days is NOT the same as some of the very low calorie diets that were noticed a few years ago that were certainly dangerous.
Many people have found that the intermittent fasting plan is a safe way to lose weight, and if any readers have opinions or experiences, I would be very interested if they share them.
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