Weight loss: Dr Michael Mosley on benefits of fasting
Jill, who is 65 and lives in Kent, went out to lunch with a girlfriend in March last year andnobiced her friend had lost a lot of weight.
She said: “We’re of an age where you don’t like to ask if somebody lost weight deliberately because it could be for all kinds of nasty reasons. However, at the end of our meal, I just said to her, ‘You look fantastic. What have you done?’”
Jill’s friend explained she was on week nine of The Fast 800 programme, and that’s when she decided to buy The Fast 800 book.
She continued: “I immediately liked what I read – it made sense to me. I have been a yo-yo dieter most of my life and thought I knew everything about diet, but obviously I didn’t. I also experience arthritis in my knee and my physiotherapist suggested weight loss might help with my symptoms.”
After reading the book, Jill decided to sign up for The Fast 800 online.
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At the time she was 96 kilos, and the programme suggested she start on The Very Fast 800, meaning she had to stick to around 800 calories a day 1for the first 12 weeks or until she reached a healthy weight.
She said: “The weight began to steadily fall off in the first week. Due to all of the interesting articles on the website, I read a lot and got a better understanding of the lifestyle. So, when I did go out with friends or family to socialise, I was able to apply those principles as best I could and I found that it wasn’t too restrictive.
“I found the support groups (cohorts) in the community really useful and I used them a lot in the early stages. Just to know that there were other people who had started the exact same programme, on the exact same week as me was so helpful, also to be able to share our experiences with each other was great.”
By the end of week four, Jill has lost just over 11 kilos. She said: “From that point on, my journey just flew and I continued to lose weight each week. The continued weight loss was the spur that kept me going.
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“Having this complete lifestyle overhaul really made me review how I’d been doing everything wrong in the past! I was accustomed to having low fat spreads, semi-skimmed milk, and diet drinks. However, since joining the programme, I was encouraged to drink full fat milk and proper butter.
“I can say that I honestly didn’t feel hungry and I think it was because I was eating ‘the good stuff’ rather than processed foods and added sugars and fat. I was also eating less of it.
“Dr Mosley says low fat alternatives can lead to increased hunger, which makes sense to me why my previous diets weren’t ever successful.”
Commenting on Jill’s success, Dr Mosley said: “I think Jill’s story is absolutely fabulous and I’m delighted for her. Jill shows us that once you start on the journey towards better health, you start to incorporate other healthy habits. I can’t imagine that when she was her original weight, Jill would have ever dreamt of going to the gym. However, once she lost the weight, she regained her confidence, and then it felt like a possibility for her.”
Since losing the weight, Jill has noticed an improvement in her knee.
She said: “I experience a lot less pain and discomfort and also, I’ve noticed an overall improvement in my mobility. My husband and I both go to the gym together. Recently, we were both at the gym and he called over and he said ‘Just come into the weight room for a minute’.
“I went into the weights room and he handed me a bar with some weights on it and said ‘Just lift that’. He had put 30 kilos on the bar and he said ‘That’s what you’ve lost in weight!’ I was stunned to feel it – it was so heavy!”
It’s not the only physical improvement Jill has noticed: “Our eldest daughter put her arms around me at Christmas and said ‘I’ve got my mum back’. It’s lovely because now I can play on the ground with the grandchildren and get on the trampoline with them. I’m so happy I started the programme and I now weigh around 65 kilos which I’m thrilled with. I can’t recommend the programme enough.”
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