This is a useful and encouraging tool for anyone going on a calorie-controlled diet.
Dr Michael Mosley’s Fast 800 diet recommends that participants aim to eat 800 calories per day and fast intermittently. It is the modern version of his 5:2 fasting diet, focussing on low calorie healthy meals to ensure nutritional needs are met while potentially losing weight at a rate of up to 2kg per week. It’s a strict but effective food plan, meant to be followed for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Dr Clare Bailey, wife of Dr Mosley, is a GP and published health author in her own right. As an advocate of the Fast 800 diet, she has released a cookbook for the program and has now produced this well-considered health journey to help participants understand and keep track of their progress.
Calorie counting is a big part of such a restrictive diet. The food options are plentiful and the available recipes provide a lot of variety, but the constraints on calorie consumption means that the participant has to plan ahead and be prepared to put in the work.
The Fast 800 Health Journal provides a 12-week workbook which includes motivational quotes and information, menu planning, food intake records, exercise and fasting records, and a recipe of the week to add to the available Fast 800 cookbooks that have previously been released.
There is a weekly progress report option that can be completed to measure weight loss and other information, and a regular ‘check in’ to encourage participants to review their progress and situation. Dr Bailey takes the user through the 12 weeks with an easy-to-follow guide.
This is a useful and encouraging tool for those who struggle to track their intake and progress because as the organisation of such records is done for them. For those happy with their own spreadsheet or phone app, The Fast 800 Health Journal remains a good reference to help stay on track.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Distributed by: Simon & Schuster Australia
Released: January 2020