I am on the second day of a two-day 500-calories-per-day fast. Tomorrow I will go back to my regular diet for five days. After that I will repeat this weekly diet regime until I either find it doesn’t work for me or, if it works, I will continue on it permanently.
According to the book, "The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer" by Michael Mosley and a PBS TV presentation called "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" by Mr. Mosley, eating in this way will reduce my bad cholesterol, protect me against developing cancer, heart disease (including lowering high blood pressure) and Alzheimer’s disease and help me to live longer and healthier.
Click on the picture below to view the PBS TV presentation of Eat, Fast and Live Longer by Michael Mosley.
Yesterday, March 5, 2013, I had my blood drawn at Kaiser for cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose level, tish/thyroid stimulating hormone, vitamin D level and, I had hoped, the IGF-1 test that Mr. Mosley recommends as a way to measure the success of the diet, but my doctor at Kaiser refused to order it when I requested it.
As long as I had fasted for 12 hours for the blood test I decided to begin the Eat, Fast and Live Longer Diet Regime at the same time.
I am 76 years old, 5 foot 7 inches, 202 pounds and would like to weigh 145 pounds. I do not drink alcohol, take prescription, over-the-counter or any other drugs. I do take vitamins and supplements and have for 52 years (I began right after I read "Lets Eat Right to Keep Fit" (1954) by Adelle Davis in March 1961 a few days after Sandy was born). Before that I took prenatal vitamins and minerals for almost four years starting before I gave birth to my son in December 1957 and my first daughter in March 1959.
I followed another diet using drops of Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) sublingually (under the tongue) five years ago and lost 22 pounds in two months, but was horrified at the way it aged my face and I went off the diet and gained the weight back (also in two months). Since the Eat, Fast and Live Longer diet regime is a slower weight loss method (people are reporting a weight loss of about 1 1/2 pounds per week), I am looking forward to losing weight without looking ill.
This diet regime seems to be perfect for me. Dale is on a vegan diet and is doing very well on it. I’m a meat eater and have tried to be a vegetarian in the past, but gained weight and felt miserable while not eating meat. I have fasted on liquids many times for three days at a time and always felt well while fasting.
For these first two days of my new eating regime I am eating tamales that are hand made and sold at Whole Foods. Each tamale contains 280 calories. I am eating one and 1/2 per day (in three equal portions 4 to 5 hours apart beginning 4 hours after waking -- I drink a quart of my homemade broth upon waking). I am also taking oil capsules, vitamins and drinking a lot of distilled water each day.
I will update my progress at least once a week on my blog and post my blood test results as soon as I receive them.
If you would like to share your experiences with this type of diet please send me your story and I will add it to my blog.