BBC – Eat, Fast and Live Longer

Today I checked out BBC Horizon – Eat, Fast and Live Longer

The presenter, Michael Mosley, goes on a journey to see how he can stay healthy, mentally and physically, as he ages.  The discoveries presented by the scientists in this show suggest that by fasting our body will enter a different state which will tell our cells to repair themselves.  Another scientist suggests that by fasting our brain will grow new brain cells to ensure healthy brain function.  I am very intrigued by this idea.

This was a pretty interesting video that concludes with the presenter starting a diet that consists of two days fasting and five days of eating whatever he would like.  The two fasting days are not what I typically think of when I hear the word fasting.  On the fasting days he is allowed to eat up to 600 calories.  Caffeine seems to be ok on those days also as he was drinking black tea.  They did not give a lot of specifics on what kind of calories to eat on the fasting days either.  Should it be low protein?  Are starches and sugars ok?  I would have liked a bit more information about that.  It did seem like anything is ok as long as the calorie count stays within the restrictions of the diet.

The five/two diet really appeals to me.  I think I would be able to pull it off.  I really need to ween myself off of sugary drinks.  I drink really sweet and milky coffee every morning.  I love tea so I want to try and replace that with straight tea.  No sugar!  No Milk!  I love all sorts of tea and there are easily and cheaply available here in Japan.  I can get bottled black, green, oolong, jasmine, mugi tea, houji tea and so on.  I would like to find a balanced meal that I could eat for lunch on the fasting days.  Something that is nutritionally balanced and delicious would be the easiest way to go.  The final problem would be convincing my wife that I do not want to eat dinner two nights a week.  I have already tried some other crazy diets that worked well for me until I got bored with them.

Anyways, check it out.  It will make you think about your diet and lifestyle a bit more.


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