Friday, March 08, 2013
bookglutton goes on a diet
Last Saturday's New York Times ran a story about the latest diet to sweep the UK, the Fast Diet. I am a sucker for concepts that feel scientifically based. And I love the BBC. And I love books. So when I read that about how Michael Mosely did an episode of Horizon on intermittent fasting and turned it into a book, I thought this was the diet for me. I watched the episode of Horizon and saw how he nicely eliminated most of the really difficult parts of fasting and was still able to get results. And then I got the book and was further moved to believe that I could lose weight simply by restricting myself to 600 calories two days a week while eating normally the rest of the week. (I particularly enjoyed that he filmed the program in the US and actually ate the kind of crap that I grew up on. The researcher in Chicago who convinces him that he can just fast two days a week drives him to a suburban hot dog and hamburger stand and they eat their food in the car. Me in a nutshell.)
I have always been very interested in reading about food, diet, nutrition, agriculture - all of that stuff. But I never act on any of what I read. This is a first. It is too soon to tell how this fasting regiment is working. It is not that hard to do. It is a bit boring, though. Of the two, I think keeping the books off will prove to be more difficult in the long run.