I listen to a podcast called "Cut The Fat" which is hosted by a Dr of Pharmacology and a fitness trainer. Some fantastic unbiased, un-fad like information about your body and what can work to help you towards a sustained healthy life.
They were looking at the latest trend of fasting diets like the 5:2 diet and both of them were very keen on another one which the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the U.S. had trialled with good success.
Its basically fasting from bedtime to lunchtime the next day and doing high intensity aerobic exercise for 30-60 minutes a day in the morning. They count walking at a fast pace as a high intensity exercise.
This doesn't HAVE to be this pattern, as long as you have a 12-14 hr fast and aerobic exercise somewhere during the fast it will work.
There are no restrictions on caloric intake but obviously they recommend low GI good healthy food.
Participants reported losing as much fat in the second month (average fat loss over the two months was 7.4 kg) as they did in the first with some losing MORE in that 2nd month and reported a 25% drop in insulin resistance which in turn means higher fat burning.
I did a little research and haven't found anybody talking about it in bad terms, only good.
I think once I get past the point where just LOOKING at a salad makes me drop a pound I will try this one out.
And as for my troublesome knee it turns I have osteoarthritis and a bakers cyst. I have already done research on the osteoarthritis and there is plenty I can do to ensure I will still be up and active and walking/running for many years to come - losing weight being at the top of the list.
The bakers cyst is an accumulation of the lubricating fluid your joints produce. It puts pressure on the knee and occurs if you suddenly become more active quite quickly. Guilty!
I am getting it aspirated next Wednesday and I should be back in the swing of things that day.
If you didn't know aspirated is a nice word for a-great-big-bloody-needle-will-be-shoved-in-the-back-of-my-knee-to-suck-out-the-juices.
I prefer aspirated myself
Have a great day all!