This is pretty fascinating stuff. Lasst week we watched the BBC Horizon program made by Michael Mosely on BBC2 and we were transfixed by the potentials behind this. The program is summarised here (BBC Link) and it has forced us to recognise that we really do eat too much and that attempts at slightly cutting down, don’t really cut it.
In a nutshell, you fast for 2 days out of 7. And by fast, they mean less than 600 calories on those days. And then on the other 5 days, you eat normally. There is also a type where you fast on alternate days but obviously that would be difficult in some cases – weekends and the like. There are other types of intermittent fasting which are detailed in this helpful booklet by Dr Berardi.
I have decided to try this (well, actually Simon suggested it first as I have tried fasting and didn’t enjoy eating nothing at all) and we fasted on monday – 531 calories- and will be fasting again tomorrow. We’ve agreed to give this a try for the 8 weeks until the wedding to see if we can shed some weight. Especially given that there will be beach time in Miami after that!