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  • I’m reading the Fast Diet and have a question about the “fast” days. Instead of eating 500-600 calories. Can you totally fast on those days? To me that’s easier than figuring out 500 calories. I’m fasting today and drinking lots of water & occasional chicken broth & having no problems.

    It would be worth reading Dr Michael Mosley’s current book ‘The Fast 800’ as well as Dr Clare Bailey’s accompanying recipe book before you change your way of eating.

    There is no need to figure out your own daily 800 calories if you follow the recipes in the books. Dr Mosley and Dr Bailey also suggest that many non-starchy/ low calorie vegetables do not need to be counted.

    Going without food entirely for two days a week would reduce your weekly intake of macro and micronutrients by over a quarter. A diet that strict should be medically supervised, because it would not be healthy for many people.



    There are many people who choose not to eat on FDs as they find it easier. If you are eating a healthy diet on non FDs there is no reason to worry about nutritional requirements and if you think your diet might be lacking you can take a supplement to ensure you are meeting nutritional recommendations.

    The fast diet was designed to be flexible and give individuals the latitude to work out what is best for them. It does not say anywhere in any of the books that a complete fast on FDs is either unhealthy or needs medical supervision as opposed to longer fasts of several days which should be supervised.

    It’s easy to become over zealous regarding what we do or don’t eat but if we aim to eat a varied and healthy diet and lose sufficient weight to be within “normal” parameters that is the best way forward.

    Good luck.

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