Dr Michael Mosley: Better to lose weight 'quickly rather than slowly' with easy changes


Dr Michael Mosley often shares his weight loss tips with slimmers online as well as on television. He is the creator of The Fast 800 – a diet plan that helps people lose weight quickly.

The nutrition expert continued: “There is a widespread belief that if you lose weight fast then you will put it on even faster.

“But is it true?

“In a recent review article titled ‘Myths, Presumptions and Facts about Obesity’ in the prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers put this claim firmly into the ‘myths’ category.

“After looking at numerous studies which have compared rapid with slow and steady weight loss, they concluded that you would do better to lose it quickly rather than slowly.”

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Looking at one study in particular, Dr Mosley said: “Researchers took 200 obese volunteers and put half of them on a low calorie diet – less than 800 calories a day – for 12 weeks.

“The other half were asked to cut their calories by 500 a day, which was enough to lose around a pound a week.

“They were asked to do this for 36 weeks.

“There was a very high drop-out rate among the steady dieters: less than half made it to the end of the 36 weeks. Most said they gave up because they were frustrated by the slow rate of progress.”

The doctor went on to explain a little more about The Fast 800 diet, saying: “The Fast 800 is a great place to start if you’re looking to lose weight.

“It provides you with all of the tools you will need to start changing your lifestyle for the better.

“Once you’ve entered your goals, you will receive meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, exercises and mindful exercises to help you achieve your objective.”

In terms of the types of food slimmers eat while following The Fast 800, Dr Mosley said: “You should be looking to incorporate a good balance of protein, fibre and healthy fats, which is essentially the Mediterranean diet.

“The good news is, whether you incorporate intermittent fasting or not, a low carb Mediterranean diet has unique power not just to restore your body’s ability to reach its ideal weight and stay there, but also to cut your risk of serious disease.

“It doesn’t come from a place of restriction but rather it’s about eating more of the right foods.

“Not only will these foods keep you feeling full, but they also offer important nutrients and health benefits, and taste delicious.”



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