Michael Mosley: How to turn your body into a ‘fat burning machine’ to lose 2st in 8 weeks

Dr Michael Mosley's radical new dieting approach

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Dr Michael Mosley is the man behind many diets: the Fast 800, 5:2, Way of Life and now the Fast 800 Keto. During a previous television appearance, the weight loss guru spoke about the Fast 800 diet and why rapid weight loss was more effective than the “slow and steady” dieting approach. 

Dr Michael said: “The problem with the original crash diets – like the cabbage soup diet or some of the juicing diets – you’re not getting adequate amounts of protein. 

“You need good amounts of high quality protein to maintain your muscle mass. 

“So there were a lot of crash diets that went out of fashion. 

“But recently, what they’ve found, if you do it properly, getting adequate amounts of protein – there’s been three big studies done, one in Australia, two in of them British, that show average weight loss for a rapid weight loss diet is around 10kg in about eight weeks – and it’s sustained for about a year.” 

He continued: “That’s compared to one kilogram for those that went slow and steady. 

“So slow and steady is really ineffective and that’s why most diets don’t work – they follow the slow and steady advice, they get really bored, they see nothing coming off, and they give up. 

“We know with most diets, the dropout rate is around 90 percent.” 

Dr Michael went on to explain his diet plan: “There are three phases, the first is rapid weight loss, and the idea is, rapid weight loss kickstarts the change. 

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“You start on the rapid weight loss for maybe two weeks – you want to lose a lot of weight fast, you do the 800 phase. 

“Average weight loss is 11lbs (four to five kilograms) in the first two weeks. 

“Average weight loss over eight weeks in the trial is 14kg – if you stick to it, 800 calories a day.” 

He went on: “But then you can switch to 5:2 [and then the Way of Life] approach.” 

The expert also spoke about the benefit of “extending your overnight fast”. 

“Time-restricted eating,” he commented. “Extend the amount of time you don’t eat overnight.

“One of the things that happens is your body is designed to burn sugar and fat – you’re like a hybrid car. 

“Most of the time you’re body is burning sugar, if you want to burn fat, you have to go without food for 12 hours, then you turn into a fat burning machine – unless you do lots of exercise. 

“When you extend the overnight fast, you switch over to major fat burning around 7am-8am in the morning, and as soon as you start eating breakfast, that fat burning switches off straight away – that’s with no exercise. 

“If you exercise, it will happen early, and actually, exercising in the fasted state – before you have breakfast is more beneficial than after. 

“It’s what you eat that matters just as much as how much you eat,” he told Studio 10. 

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