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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • A diet that works - for me

  • It's always personal when an individual talks about a diet that works. What that person means is that it's a diet that works for him or her for a specific period of time.

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  • It's always personal when an individual talks about a diet that works. What that person means is that it's a diet that works for him or her for a specific period of time.
    That's the case with me. For a little over three months, I've been on a diet that works for me. I don't see a reason why I can't stick with it for a long time - like until the day I go to the great beyond, but all I can say for now is it's working for me.
    The diet is the fast and feast diet or the two, five diet. For two days a week I fast by eating about 600 calories on those days and on the other five days I can pretty much eat what my normal diet has always been.
    So, I'm down about 23 pounds, which is about a ten percent decline from the weight I began at. Not bad for three months.
    I came across this diet when PBS ran an hour show on it. It was titled, 'Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley'.
    The show ran in late April, and the text on the PBS website says, "British journalist and physician Michael Mosley has set himself an ambitious goal: to live longer, stay younger and lose weight, while making as few changes to his life as possible. Find out if the ancient idea of fasting holds the secret to a longer, healthier life."
    The hour long show goes through a pretty rigorous look at the science behind some of the methods of weight loss and the methods of the diets that are intended to promote a much longer life. Those diets that will give a person the opportunity to live to 120.
    Mosley first looks at that diet. While it does produce the desired results in that people on the diet do change their blood chemistry and metabolism in ways that give them the potential to live very long lives, Mosley is not keen on eating a calorie restricted diet every day.
    He then goes on to look at the fast diets. The first one is fast four days in a row - it's more like starve - and then eat what you want the balance of the month. The fast days involve eating no more than 50 calories a day! So Mosley's not for that.
    He then looks into the work of researchers that are studying the fast and feast diet. These researchers are finding results where a person that follows this diet lowers his/her cholesterol, blood pressure, greatly lowers the risk of heart disease, significantly lowers the risk of getting seven different kinds of cancer and perhaps reduces the risk of getting alzheimers.
    Mosley goes into good detail as to why this diet works and produces those results. The way the story is explained, the weight loss is secondary to all of the other health benefits of the diet. The diet is not so much about losing weight, but living longer in good health.
    Page 2 of 2 - I mention this diet right now because the hour long show is on the PBS website for people to view through Sept. 7. We have linked the report on www.stjamesnews.com
    Please check with your doctor before undertaking the diet.
    For now, what I can say is that this diet is working for me. As an old wrestler, a couple of days of fasting a week is not too hard. If I have hunger pangs late I night, I think that I'll be going to sleep in an hour or two and tomorrow morning I can eat whatever I want.
    Mosely also has a book out on the diet and there are other fast and feast or two, five diet books and programs out there.
    Like Mosley I fast on Mondays and Thursdays. I'll have to figure out what to do on Thanksgiving, but I haven't missed a day of fasting yet.
    Mosley has a show on how much you really need to exercise each week to remain healthy. That's just three minutes.....a week! That sounds too good to be true.
    The name of that show is Michael Mosley - The Truth About Exercise. I don't see it in the TV schedule right now, and it's not on the PBS website.
    The slacker that I am, I can't say that form of exercise works, because I haven't got around to exercising three minutes a week - boy that must reflect poorly on me!
    However, the diet appears to be working for me. Check it out online or look for the book. Again, it's going to be up on the PBS site for another three weeks.

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