The most recent advice seems to be that diets work in the short term but fail in the longer term. Generally, that is because it is based on a regime that is just not sustainable for most of us. Although I have very occasionally tried the odd diet, for me they never really worked. I have always known that the long term answer is in a change of lifestyle and attitude in a way that feels comfortable for me. My trouble is that I love food, cooking and wine so I am up against it. I can well recall a comment that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson made when he was talking about the way that he has reduced his weight in a way that he has maintained. He said when it comes to wine "I drink less but better" Apparently alcohol is the Achilles heel of anybody hoping to reduce their weight so just this small comment is helpful.
The moment Christmas is finished the diet industry gets into top gear. The papers are full of celebrities pushing their solution to reducing weight and getting fit. Weightwatchers, the brand leader has signed up Patsy Kensit and the television is full of their new advert. There is no doubt that the TV would seem to show that Patsy has the dream body, as a result of the new weightwatchers plan. I cannot help but be cynical about what I see in the press or on TV. There was a time when everybody thought "the camera never lies". It today's world the camera almost always lies so I rarely believe anything I see.
However, despite my cynical nature I do accept, of course, that if you control what you eat and eat less you will take off weight. I have therefore been interested in the new diet fad - "The Fast Diet". The3 book by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer has become a best seller and has got people's attention. It is based on the idea that fasting two days a week, when you only have 500-600 calories. The rest of the time you can eat what you like. It seems that the results have been astounding and it would appear that those that have adopted to plan have found it quite easy to maintain. You organise your 500 cals to suit yourself throughout the day which provides flexibility you may need to accommodate your daily routines. Small tips include eating your 500 calorie meals in small mouthfuls to lengthen the meal time and for it to be more satisfying.
The upshot of this is that I am going to give it a try as I believe I could see this as being part of a lifestyle that I could maintain. I will comment on my progress over the months to come. Why don't you give it a go and let us know how you do?