Are you confused by the abundance of information about the “best” diets to try? There are countless fad diets out there and so much information to filter through. What do we believe? What ACTUALLY works? What poses risks? What are they not telling us? But most importantly, how do I lose weight faster than usual, but still in a healthy and appropriate way? Our Tree of Life Dietitians pair the current evidence on fasting diets together with Mediterranean Diet principles to support you to achieve your weight loss goals in the best way possible.
There is plenty of evidence that supports the strategy of fasting and the variety of ways to do this. The most appropriate method of fasting is based on your individual goals and lifestyle.
The Fast 800
The 800kcal diet has become increasingly popular in recent times and mainly consists of three main meals across the day that equal to a total of 800kcal. We have put our own little spin on the popular 800kcal diet and added a Mediterranean flair so you can reap the benefits of both! What’s better?! Consuming a Mediterranean diet assists in lowering blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The high protein and fibre content of a Mediterranean diet also assists in helping you feel fuller for longer.
Read more about the Mediterranean Diet.
What about the best of both worlds? This method is suited for those people wanting to ease their way into the fasting world. It allows for five days of regular, healthy eating and two days of fasting. But don’t worry, those two fasting days don’t mean you can only have fresh air for breakfast, lunch and dinner, your fasting day would look like a more controlled, lower-calorie day. For example, your regular day would consist of consuming your recommended amount of calories based on your weight and energy expenditure, and the fasting days would work off a significant calorie deficit of your regular days.
One of the most common fasting diets is Intermittent Fasting where your eating pattern includes hours of minimal to no food consumption. What happens to our bodies during the fasting period? What’s the point? Well, our body uses carbohydrates as energy when broken down into sugars, however, if we don’t use these sugars, it gets stored in our fat cells. We can only store the sugars once insulin is released in response to consuming these types of foods. Therefore, when we increase the amount of time between meals, our insulin levels go down and our fat cells can release the stored sugars and use this as an energy source instead, resulting in weight loss.
Fasting diets might work for you.
So, what’s the moral of the story? It’s not all mumbo jumbo! With the support of your Tree of Life dietitian, fasting diets can work to achieve your goals!
Speak with your Tree of Life dietitian about which method of fasting would suit you best.