There are many diet books proclaiming great successes. The problem with various diets is that they concentrate on types of foods rather than calorie count. If you restrict foods – people will eventually lose their control and fall back on them. What Dr. Mosley has come up with – and if you watch the video below, listen to his own story – you will find it remarkably easy and effective to follow his regimen.
Is there such a thing as a fast diet? Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician, wrote a best-selling book on this subject, aptly called The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting, which answers that question.
As a journalist for BBC in the UK, Dr. Mosley has really helped popularize one of the most powerful medical interventions ever encountered for helping people normalize their weight, namely intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term that covers an array of different fasting schedules. As a general rule however, intermittent fasting involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or even daily.
On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), along with plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally.
Many are hesitant to try fasting as they fear they’ll be ravenously hungry all the time. But one of the most incredible side effects of intermittent fasting that is the disappearance of hunger and sugar cravings.
Dr. Mosley is also a proponent of high intensity interval training (HIIT), and recently finished a new book called Fast Exercise.
“The reason I got into high-intensity exercise (and this was three years ago) was because I was making a documentary for the BBC called The Truth About Exercise. I met a professor and he said, ‘I can give you many of the benefits of exercise for just a few minutes a week.’ I didn’t believe him. I did the program; it changed my life.”
There’s exciting research indicating that intermittent fasting can have a very beneficial impact on your brain function, too. It may even hold the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the arguments for intermittent fasting is that it mimics the way our ancestors ate. They didn’t have access to food 24/7, and underwent alternating intervals of “feast and famine.” The human body is adapted to this, and research shows that abstaining from food now and then actually optimizes biological function all-around.
There are many reasons to implement an intermittent fasting schedule. Adding high intensity interval training and making sure you stand up at regular intervals (several times per hour) can go a long way toward eliminating not only unwanted weight, but also metabolic syndrome and most chronic disease—including heart disease and dementia.
- Intermittent fasting involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or even daily. It’s one of the most powerful medical interventions for normalizing your weight
- On the 5:2 intermittent fasting plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), along with plenty of water and tea
- Many are hesitant to try fasting as they fear they’ll be ravenously hungry all the time. But one of the most incredible side effects of intermittent fasting is the disappearance of hunger and sugar cravings
- The combination of intermittent fasting with high intensity exercise is a particularly potent combination for normalizing insulin/leptin levels, shedding weight, and optimizing brain function and physical fitness
article source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/17/intermittent-fasting-high-intensity-exercise.aspx
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