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The popular 5:2 diet has been revamped and it's more achievable than ever

Now To Love logo Now To Love 28/01/2019 Anya Truong-George
a woman holding a plate of food: Dr Michael Mosley of 5:2 diet fame is back, this time with a new and improved weight loss diet. Sign us up. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Dr Michael Mosley of 5:2 diet fame is back, this time with a new and improved weight loss diet. Sign us up.

Intermittent fasting, in particular the 5:2 diet, has been all the rage of late, alongside the ever growing following behind the ketogenic diet.

Created by dietician and author Dr Michael Mosley, the diet promotes rapidly reducing your calorie intake to just 500 to 600 calories, two days a week, with the goal to lose weight, and most importantly keep that weight off, quickly.

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Fast forward six years from when Dr Mosley first published his book on the 5:2 eating regime and he's back, but this time with a new diet plan that he says is healthier and more achievable: The Fast 800.

Realising 500 to 600 calories was quite difficult for some and after extensive research and trials, Dr Mosley discovered by adding an extra two hundred calories, hence the name, but adopting a Mediterranean diet, you're still able to achieve the same results in an arguably less extreme way.

What is the Fast 800 diet?

"The Fast 800 is based on a Mediterranean diet," says Dr Mosley.

"It's a super healthy way of eating – in fact the Ministry of Health here in New Zealand said it's the number one, best way to eat."

The Fast 800 is a three-stage process, starting with undertaking rapid weight loss. That's "up to 800 calories a day, for up to eight weeks."

a bunch of food sitting on a table: The Mediterranean diet does away with processed carbs. (Source: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd The Mediterranean diet does away with processed carbs. (Source: Getty)

Dr Mosley says that while this might not sound like many calories, the food on the Mediterranean diet is very energy dense – think ditching processed carbs and opting for generous portions of vegetables and legumes and servings of lean meat and eggs, so you're still left feeling full and satisfied.

During clinical trials, Dr Mosley says the average amount of weight lost by patients was an incredible 14kgs in eight weeks.

For stage two, Dr Mosley suggest transitioning to the 5:2 approach – five days of eating without counting calories (still on a Mediterranean diet, mind) and fasting for two days at 600 calories. During the final stage exercise and stress management is introduced to help people keep the weight off.

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Not only has Dr Mosley's intermittent fasting diets helped many people lose weight, but his own personal weight and health problems was what prompted him to look into weight loss diets in the first place. He knows first-hand how effective the diet is, trying it out for himself and in the process losing 10kgs and reversing his own type-2 diabetes.

The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends the Mediterranean diet as an effective diet for weight loss, stating that the diet is consistent with the Ministry's Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults.

"Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, and improves blood sugar control in people with type-2 diabetes. "

The Ministry of Health recommend talking to your GP before undertaking any major changes to your diet.

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