Easy health hack: a late breakfast is Michael Mosley’s secret weapon : SBS Food:
"The plain-speaking doctor on why fasting is easier (and healthier) than you think, why we all need to ditch low-fat diets and the perks of eating Mediterranean-style."
The breakfast solution:
It was healthier to skip breakfast!
“If you go for longer periods without food, 10 or 12 hours at a time, your body goes into what’s called negative protein balance, and instead of producing new proteins it starts to get rid of the old, broken-down ones.”
Why Mediterranean matters:
But if you think that means fettuccini and pane di casa on high rotation, stop right there.
According to Mosley, the true Mediterranean diet (and the one used in the trial) is based on lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fish and full-fat yoghurt.
A crusade against carbs:
Refined, starchy carbs like bread, pasta, potatoes, processed cereals and white rice are omitted, because they rapidly convert into sugars in the blood.
Reassuringly, an element of decadence is embraced through the inclusion of full-fat cheeses, yoghurt, butter, eggs, olive oil and avocado.
Taking his own advice:
So, what exactly does a fasting day look like for Mosley?
“I’ll have scrambled eggs with a bit of smoked salmon, plenty of tea, coffee and water, a low calorie miso soup at lunch with some vegetables, then in the evening I’ll have a big pile of vegetables with some salmon or steak,” he says. “It’s not a starvation diet by any means.”
...helping him lose 9kg in 12 weeks and reverse his type 2 diabetes, which he was initially diagnosed with back in 2012.
Mosley approves of dense, dark rye bread.
As for pasta? “If you pre-cook it, cool it, then reheat it, it becomes what’s called resistant starch, which reduces how much sugar your body absorbs,” he says.
“When you make a smoothie it mashes up a lot of the fibre, which is the critical thing to slow the absorption of sugars, so I think you’re better off eating whole vegetables and fruit,” advises Mosley.
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