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The Fast 800

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Has anyone purchased the diet book 'The Fast 800' by Dr Michael Mosley ?
It is the current No1 bestseller with Amazon and i just wondered if anyone had tried it ?
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  • pollypennypollypenny Forumite
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    Yes. The advice is good and takes the reader through the options, including the original 500 cal fasts and offers strategies.

    Going to 800 cals is just one of those strategies. Recipes included , of course. I bought it from Amazon hoping to reboot OH.

    I've maintained on 16:8 every day, with the occasional fast when I've over-indulged.
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  • I've just bought it and, having read it, intend to start tomorrow. I'll be making some adjustments to the food recommended though, partly because I'm allergic to fish and partly because I'd rather resort to ordinary low-calorie food in tins and packets than to the diet shakes that he recommends if/when preparing fresh food is too much for some reason.


    The calorie limits involved in the rapid weight loss phase at the beginning and on fast days are doable for me (if only because there's a clear end in sight with them!) and I like the idea of incorporating HIIT (brief bursts of intense effort) into my (about to become daily) walks. I can't claim to like the idea of everything he says (replacing fruit juice with zero calorie drinks, for instance - I'd rather chew the empty bottle), but there's enough in there to persuade me that I'll benefit from the overall strategy, most of it backed up by science.


    Besides, I can still remember being accosted by a friend's mother when she told me how well the original 5:2 was working for her. Nothing says 'Hi, Fatty!' like being randomly collared in the street with an unsolicited diet recommendation :)
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    The shakes are only recommended in desperation. They don't teach new eating habits, but might kick start weight loss.
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    Had the book this morning and it was a great read.Well worth the money.
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    edited 1 February 2019 at 7:02PM
    Started the fast 800 on Jan 12th and so far the past few weeks are going very well.Just takes a lot of willpower at the start.
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    Diet books of whatever type are totally pointless. You might lose a stone or two right now but within a year you’ll have it all back on again. There is literally no point in starting a diet that you can’t keep up long term unless you just want to lose a few lbs for a special occasion.

    You need to work on mindset. Try The Beck Diet Solution - it doesn’t promise anything fast but it works long term.

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    Diet books of whatever type are totally pointless. You might lose a stone or two right now but within a year you’ll have it all back on again. There is literally no point in starting a diet that you can’t keep up long term unless you just want to lose a few lbs for a special occasion.

    You need to work on mindset. Try The Beck Diet Solution - it doesn’t promise anything fast but it works long term.
    The Fast 800 is a mind set. It can help reverse pre-diabetes and even T2 diabetes. The first part you follow for 8 weeks then you choose what next - a Mediterranean diet or 5:2. You aim for low carbs
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    Yes i bought and read the book last week. Making preparations to start it next week. Already upped my water intake to 2L. Started tracking my food on an app. Given up "everything white".
    Tomorrow, I am Sitting down with the recipes and planning the next 2 weeks food. Then going food shopping with the list.
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    I recently attended DR Michael Mosley's touring show at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
    I find him to be a very humorous, knowledgeable and sincere speaker.
    The fast 800 diet is based on the latest scientific studies and goes on to show the benefits that can be obtained by fast weight loss, ie reversing Type 2 Diabetes being the goal that is easily achievable if you can manage to stick to the calorie restrictions for the first 8 weeks.
    Other benefits being a clearer mind and better sleep quality.
    All in all a very interesting read, well worth the money.
    I know for a fact that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed as I am part of a study under the NHS whereby my Diabetes was shown to be reversed after 8 weeks of meal replacement shakes and vegetables and 4 weeks on the Mediterranean Diet.
    I didn't stick religiously to the shakes though I probably compensated via exercise.
    4 months on I am still Diabetis free, though if I revert to my former habits it will obviously return.
    For anyone interested, here is a link to his tour dates http://www.michaelmosley.co.uk/live.html?fbclid=IwAR1m0yR1sZidY9vb5ZUVgidFDh3K2_XKrQkQB6Iv4oy6WVUGHMzBm2zBexw As you will see he is promoting a 12 week weight loss course.
    I will be enrolling on it after my 12 month participation in the NHS study ends.
    Hopefully, and expectantly, I will still be Diabetes free and somewhat lighter, my aim is to continue to glean as much knowledge as possible.,
  • yes i purchased both books and it makes perfect sense I just need to do it now
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