Anyone who has struggled to lose a few pounds might be sceptical that you can enjoy smashed avocado, fried halloumi, kedgeree, or a chorizo omelette for brunch each day and still lose up to 2kg a week.
But on my new Fast 800 keto plan, you absolutely can.
That’s because, by keeping a close track on the latest research, and liaising with top nutritional scientists, I have fine-tuned my approach to weight loss. I have created a clever three-stage process which promises rapid results and sustained slenderness, while eating good quantities of real food.
If you want to lose quite a few pounds rapidly (which studies have found to be highly motivating and the best way to tackle type 2 diabetes), why not skip breakfast and start your day with one of these substantial brunches at midday?
Dr Michael Mosley has combined the best elements of both his Fast 800 and 5:2 diets to turbo-charge your weight loss. In an exclusive extract from his wife Dr Clare Bailey’s new book he reveals all (pictured together)
There’s compelling science behind the health and weight-loss benefits of ‘time restricted eating’ (which means crunching your meals into a 12, ten or even eight-hour window).
Combine this with restricting calories to 800-900 a day to mimic fasting and you end up with an extremely healthy, but powerfully effective weight-loss plan. It encourages the body to go into ketosis, a natural state where you burn fat for fuel.
Breaking your nightly fast with one of these healthy, protein-rich dishes will also keep hunger at bay for longer. And you can follow that with an evening meal of piri-piri chicken, turkey burgers or sausage casserole and you can — if you follow the rules carefully — still find room for a chocolate peanut butter cookie, as long as you keep to a daily intake of 800-900 calories.
The science of weight loss has moved on a lot since the days of cabbage soup, lemon juice, social isolation and boring abstinence.
What’s so impressive about the recipes created by my wife, Dr Clare Bailey, working closely with Kathryn Bruton, is that they have been carefully calibrated to meet the requirements of my weight-loss plan.
All are based on the proven super-healthy principles of the Mediterranean diet.
By keeping a close track on the latest research, and liaising with top nutritional scientists, I have fine-tuned my approach to weight loss
There’s compelling science behind the health and weight-loss benefits of ‘time restricted eating’
The science of weight loss has moved on a lot since the days of cabbage soup, lemon juice, social isolation and boring abstinence
They are high in protein (known to keep your muscles strong and to keep hunger at bay), low in carbohydrates (so your body can easily hit a turbo-charged fat-burning keto button) and carefully calorie counted, too.
For a slow-but-steady route to weight loss, intersperse your 800-900 calorie ‘fast days’ with more relaxed ‘non-fast’ days (following a 5:2 or 3:4 pattern of intermittent fasting). You can still use these recipes, but increase the portion sizes and add healthy carbs such as wholegrain bread or noodles, brown rice or starchy veg.
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MEDICAL NOTE: Rapid weight loss does not suit everyone. If you are frail, have a significant underlying medical condition, are on insulin, have type 2 diabetes and are on medication, are on blood pressure medication, have moderate or severe retinopathy, or have epilepsy or gallstones, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, please talk to your doctor before going on this diet. It is not suitable for teenagers, people with a history of an eating disorder, a psychiatric illness, or if unwell, underweight or doing endurance exercise.
Extracted by Louise Atkinson from The Fast 800 Keto Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey, Kathryn Bruton and Dr Michael Mosley, published by Short Books @ £18.99
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