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This Morning viewers call out Dr Michael Mosley as he stands by 800 calorie diet after Lose A Stone in 21 Days

This Morning viewers have called out Dr Michael Mosley as he returned to the show to speak about his 800 calorie diet after his controversial show Lose A Stone In 21 Days.

The doctor promoted his ‘Fast 800’ plan, after he saw success with a low-calorie diet, which lowered his blood sugars after he was diagnosed with type two diabetes.

However, some viewers have pointed out that promoting the diet could be damaging, particularly to anyone who suffers from an eating disorder.

Speaking about the diet, Dr Michael said ‘maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, and eating better’ might help to make the coronavirus vaccine more effective.

He explained that, in 2012, he switched up his own diet following his diabetes diagnosis, recalling: ‘I cut my calories to about 600 or 700 a couple of days a week and I lost 20 pounds over eight weeks and my blood sugars went back to normal, my blood pressure went back to normal.’

Going on to explain the ‘Fast 800’ plan, he added: ‘You start with rapid weight loss, then you start the five: two [diet], then you move to the “way of life”.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Michael explained that the third part of the plan is eating a Mediterranean-style diet, while not counting calories.

He emphasised that anyone on the diet should be ‘precise’ and ‘careful’ with the foods they eat, adding: ‘It’s fairly low carb, it’s absolutely packed with nutrients and with fibre to make sure you’re getting all the right foods you need and critically it’s fairly high protein.’

However, not everyone was convinced. One viewer said: ‘Absolutely appalled at the fact you are promoting & encouraging 800 calorie FAD diets??? do you not realise the detrimental effect this will have on people watching? i’m absolutely disgusted.’

Another said: ‘800 calories a day is how eating disorders start or you lose the weight & end up putting more back on. Just exercise, eat healthy, listen to your body & 5 a day possibly some vitamins & you’re good. That’s it. These diets are convoluted fads that end up not working.’

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Dr Michael previously hosted Lose A Stone in 21 Days (Picture: Channel 4)

One more wrote: ‘Doesn’t sound healthy to me.’

Dr Michael said he is ‘confident that The Fast 800 is a safe and effective diet that is aimed at people who have a BMI in the obese or overweight categories.

‘We have lots of evidence that it has really helped a lot of people become healthier.  We make it very clear that this is not suitable for those who are underweight or who have a history of eating disorders,’ they added.

Dr Michael previously faced backlash for his Channel 4 show Lose A Stone in 21 Days.

The series saw a number of contestants who were in the BMI categories of overweight and obese take part in the Fast 800 diet.

This means they followed a strict diet seeing them take in 800 calories a day by either consuming a VLCD meal replacement product and 200 calories of vegetables, or by simply chosing to eat lean protein sources with their greens.

Eating disorder charity Beat wrote to their social media followers ahead of the show: ‘If you’re living with an eating disorder, we recommend that you do not watch #loseastonein21days. Our services will be open until 11pm tonight, so if you’re affected by the programme, please chat to us on our website or DM us here!’

A spokesperson for the broadcaster told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘The series examines the evidenced link between Covid-19 and the very real threat it poses to those who have a BMI in the obese or overweight categories, as highlighted by a recent study led by Liverpool University and involving Imperial College London that found obese people are around 37 per cent more likely to die if they catch Covid-19.

‘All episodes clearly state that a short-term 800-1000 calorie diet is only suitable for people whose BMI puts them in the overweight or obese categories and that it should be done with proper medical supervision.

‘The health and welfare of each contributor is of paramount importance to both Channel 4 and the production company and strict guidelines were followed before, during and after filming.

‘A number of health checks were undertaken on contributors before they embarked on the regime and support is ongoing. The continuity announcer directed viewers to programme support information after the broadcast.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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