Before I get carried away, let me be very clear.
I am NOT selling any products, books, or supplements. I am not affiliated with this diet or its website in any way at all. I have never met the author, and in fact, haven’t even purchased the book myself. This is my unbiased opinion as an average thirty-three year old woman who hates thinking about diets, hates feeling guilty about food, and hates that so many women I know feel the same way. I have to offer this disclaimer, because I am afraid if I don’t, the following may sound like a “true-life testimonial” on an infomercial.
With pregnancies, stress, and medication, my weight has gone up and down over the last decade. I hate trying on clothing, even in my own closet. Those cute skinny capris I bought two weeks ago may no longer fit; my weight is as unpredictable as a South Carolina spring. I associate food with guilt because I always think I should be eating less, or eating something else. Or not eating at all. I know so many of you feel the same way. In the past, I have had success with counting calories, but the whole process is tedious, frustrating, and the results often don’t last. I wanted something better.
The FastDiet by Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer is just that. It’s a better way to diet. When I first experienced the FastDiet last spring, I lost 8 lbs (those last, tricky, stubborn pounds) by simply limiting my consumption to under 500 calories two days per week. On the other days, I ate exactly as I wanted to, when I wanted to and how much I wanted to. I have said to so many people, and I will say it again: this is a dream diet.
The week before I began the FastDiet, I was starting to panic. I had just stopped breastfeeding my toddler, and started taking a new anti-depressant which caused weight gain. I had gained over 10 pounds in a little over a month and the weight was continuing to creep up. I felt completely out of control and overwhelmed. I started the diet and couldn’t believe how simple it was. This is a plan that offers flexibility and requires almost no preparation. I decided to start the diet and I did it, the very next day. For once, my determination was all I needed. And it worked. The first few fast days were hard, but never impossible. I never cheated, so each week I had the satisfaction of success. I learned not to be afraid of hunger and found myself thinking less about food than I ever have. I started to feel better.
The weight came off slowly, and I was thrilled. The way my weight had been escalating, even staying the same would have been a welcome relief. But slowly I lost those last few pounds. I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight (again). I felt in control and strong.
I don’t have space to delve into the positive “side effects” of fasting, as the book puts it, but I encourage you to read it. Simply put, fasting sends our body the signal that tough times may be ahead. It triggers repair at a cellular level and strengthens the body in a way that most diets could not. The healing that takes place while the body is in a state of fasting could reduce the risk of many diseases and disorders, even cancers. Fasting has been used across many cultures as a way to rest the spirit and to strengthen the body as well. To put it even more simply, your body needs a rest. And intermittent fasting is a way to let your body recuperate from all you put it through the other days of the week.
So if you have been discouraged by dieting or if you’d like to give your body a break, the FastDiet may be for you. Next time I’ll share some of the tips I have discovered along with examples of what I do eat on my low calorie days. 500 calories can go farther than you expect if you plan ahead!
* As always, please use discretion and the advice of a medical professional when trying a new diet plan. Most people can benefit from some form of fasting, but it is wise to take into account your medical history before considering dietary changes.*