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Six people who participated in the Fast800 program show the results


Before our 30 volunteers began the Fast800 program, they recorded their weight and waist measurements.

Not only did she lose 39 st 8 lb between them, but also an impressive 9 ft 8 in from her waist.

Here six participants show how they did it.

CUT OUT CRISPS

Clare Pass, 48, is a civil servant who lives in Sheffield. She says:

Because I am tall, people couldn't believe how much I weighed. But my weight steadily increased after quitting smoking three years ago.

By then, I was 9th and my waist was slim. But earlier this year I was wearing a size 16 and my waist was 35 inches.

I have fibromyalgia, which causes pain and fatigue, and sciatica in my hip. I lost a rock during lockdown by cutting out chips and chocolate and taking 10,000 steps a day.

But the Fast800 challenge changed my diet. A typical day today consists of Greek yogurt and berries for breakfast, Greek salad for lunch, and something like chickpea patties for dinner.

I would like to get under 11 st now and drop a different dress size. I've lost 2 inches from my waist so far.

She says, "I lost a rock during lockdown by cutting out chips and chocolate and taking 10,000 steps a day."

Clare Pass, 48, is a civil servant who lives in Sheffield. She says, "I lost a rock during lockdown by cutting out chips and chocolate and taking 10,000 steps a day."

My IBS has calmed down

Alex Wainwright, 24, a delivery driver, lives in Sheffield with husband Ryan. He says:

My stomach is flatter, now I've lost weight. I fit waist pants in a size 34 (my waist is down from 38 inches) and I feel a lot healthier.

I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for years and at times it was so debilitating that I had to take days off. I never found the cause even though I avoid certain triggers like carbonated drinks.

But carbohydrates can be a different one because the IBS is much better.

I used to have two or three relapses a week, but I only had two or three while doing the Fast800.

I usually have breakfast in the morning – yogurt and berries – and then lunch with, for example, bell pepper shrimp. Ryan and I have got used to cooking with fresh ingredients in the evenings, which we haven't done before, and it's our first time to eat vegetables like spinach and kale.

Alex Wainwright, 24, a delivery driver, lives in Sheffield with husband Ryan

He says, "My stomach is flatter, now I've lost weight. I fit a size 34 in waist pants (my waist is down from 38 inches) and I feel much healthier."

Alex Wainwright, 24, a delivery driver, lives in Sheffield with husband Ryan. He says, "My stomach is flatter, now I've lost weight. I fit a size 34 in waist pants (my waist is down from 38 inches) and I feel much healthier."

NO LONGER BREATHLESS

Ryan Fletcher, 28, is a hairdresser and lives in Sheffield with husband Alex. He says:

In the past year I have gained about 3½ sts, my waist is 36 inches and I have suffered badly from sciatica. I was so unfit. I felt breathless as I went up the stairs.

The physical therapist I see can't believe the difference since the diet started. I lost 10 pounds in the first week which made a big difference. I've only had two sciatica flare-ups in the past six weeks which is amazing. I move more easily – the doctors said I used to have the flexibility of a 50 year old man, but now I walk the dog without getting breathless. I lost almost 1½ sts and cut 4 inches from my waist. My goal now is to come in 14th place.

Ryan Fletcher, 28, is a hairdresser and lives in Sheffield with husband Alex

He says, "The physical therapist I see can't believe the difference since I started dieting. I lost 10 pounds in the first week which made a huge difference."

Ryan Fletcher, 28, is a hairdresser and lives in Sheffield with husband Alex. He says, "The physical therapist I see can't believe the difference since I started dieting. I lost 10 pounds in the first week which made a huge difference."

FASTING IS EASY

Rachel McGarty, 51, is a teacher from Rotherham and lives with husband Grant and their three children. She says:

Until I had kids, I never had a weight problem. I did a lot with my first child and it twisted from there.

When I weighed myself at the beginning of this diet I was shocked that I was 14 st 7 lb and my waist was 40 in. I found fasting relatively easy by skipping breakfast, then having lunch around 12.30pm, and having dinner at 6.30pm.

I have lost weight from my face and core and am less stiff.

Rachel McGarty, 51, is a teacher from Rotherham and lives with husband Grant and their three children

She says, "I found fasting relatively easy by skipping breakfast, then having lunch around 12.30pm and having dinner at 6.30pm."

Rachel McGarty, 51, is a teacher from Rotherham and lives with husband Grant and their three children. She says, "I found fasting relatively easy by skipping breakfast, then having lunch around 12.30pm and having dinner at 6.30pm."

I am energized

Catherine Pashley, 48, is a complementary therapist based in Sheffield. She is married to Scott and has three grown children. She says:

The first four weeks were tough because I ran out of energy. However, joining a group on the Fast800 online program helped a lot as we exchanged recipe ideas and tips.

Now I can go 18 hours without eating – that's from 4 p.m. when I have my dinner until 10 a.m. the next morning.

My energy level has increased and I feel more confident when I try on clothes.

Catherine Pashley, 48, is a complementary therapist based in Sheffield. She is married to Scott and has three grown children

She says, “The first four weeks were tough because I ran out of energy. However, joining a group on the Fast800 online program helped a lot as we exchanged recipe ideas and tips. & # 39;

Catherine Pashley, 48, is a complementary therapist based in Sheffield. She is married to Scott and has three grown children. She says, “The first four weeks were tough because I ran out of energy. However, joining a group on the Fast800 online program helped us a lot as we exchanged recipe ideas and tips.

BODY CONFIDENCE

Joanna Brown, 41, is a divorced Sheffield civil servant who has a son aged 11.

When I first saw what the Fast800 meant, I thought, "I can do this." But two days later I was starving. However, I stuck to it and drank water to prevent hunger pangs.

I lost half a stone in the first week and my skin is better than ever. I am excited about my weight loss so far.

I was a size 20 and now I'm a size 16 and I've lost 2½ of my waist.

Joanna Brown, 41, is a divorced Sheffield civil servant who has a son aged 11

She said, "I was a size 20 and now I'm a size 16 and I've lost 2½ of my waist."

Joanna Brown, 41, is a Sheffield civil servant who is divorced with a son aged 11. She said, "I was a size 20 and now I'm a size 16 and I've lost 2½ of my waist."

Pants test, that means it's time you got the hint!

Like many people, 45-year-old Phil Langdon was middle-aged buying clothes with increasingly larger waist sizes.

Between his job as a retail manager and the demands of a young family, there never seemed to be time for the running and biking that he once loved.

At night he slumped on the sofa, exhausted, and had a trash snack. Family meals were often "ready meals like ready-made lasagne". Over the years, he rose to a waistline of 40.

Which was bad news for Phil, as waist measurements are a key indicator of potential health risks.

When Phil heard about the Daily Mail's Shape Up Britain challenge, he took the opportunity to join 30 volunteers from two regions of Britain to revise his weight and lifestyle.

He was one of 13 people from a street in Chudleigh, Devon, along with 17 members of a Facebook friendship group in Rotherham, South Yorkshire who attended.

They followed a weight loss program based on the Fast800 diet that I developed with my wife, Clare, a family doctor and best-selling food writer, for eight weeks to see how much weight they could lose and what other health benefits they would get would.

The results were amazing. The volunteers lost a total of 39 st 8 lb, with 23 of them losing more than one stone each.

Like many people, 45-year-old Phil Langdon was middle-aged buying clothes with increasingly larger waist sizes

Like many people, 45-year-old Phil Langdon was middle-aged buying clothes with increasingly larger waist sizes

ATTENTION VISCERAL FAT

I am pleased to say that Phil has lost 1½ sts and the joint pain he had in his knees and lower back is gone. Fortunately, he had also lost inches from his waistline, where we store the most unhealthy type of fat – visceral fat – that gathers around our intestines and infiltrates our organs. It's especially dangerous as it's related to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, and Covid-19 complications.

"I wore pants with a waist of 40 – now I'm only 32," says Phil, who is also "chuffed". He is no longer too exhausted to play with his lively two year old son.

In total, our 30 volunteers lost 9 feet 8 feet at the waist and noticed positive changes in their health in a short period of time.

And it's important to emphasize that this challenge isn't just about looking good and fitting into smaller pants. Losing weight is important to your health, as the coronavirus pandemic has shown.

Those who are very obese are much more likely to end up in intensive care when they receive Covid-19 and are less likely to find a vaccine if one is available.

This is because fat, especially around your waistline, produces chemicals that spread through your body, causing chronic inflammation, which in turn makes your immune system less effective. Obesity also increases the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and dementia.

All of this is relevant to most people as two-thirds of UK adults are overweight or obese.

Fat, especially around the waist, produces chemicals that spread through your body, causing chronic inflammation, which in turn makes your immune system less effective (archive image).

Fat, especially around the waist, produces chemicals that spread through your body, causing chronic inflammation, which in turn makes your immune system less effective (archive image).

While many people think that the number on the bathroom scale or your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best way to tell if you are overweight, research shows that it is not necessarily the case.

This is because the BMI doesn't tell the full story and may even lull you into a false sense of security.

Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in square meters. Readings from the age of 25 are considered overweight and those over 30 are considered obese. So it is possible to have a low BMI if you are otherwise slim but a little flabby in the middle. This is alarming as this is where visceral fat is stored – as I know myself.

I was shocked when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012. Although my weight had increased between my mid-20s and mid-50s, I didn't think I was particularly overweight. That's because I was a classic TOFI (thin outside, fat inside) and the dangerous visceral fat was hidden in my stomach. At the time of diagnosis, that fat had been spending time clogging my liver and pancreas, leading to diabetes.

Instead of taking medication, I discovered intermittent fasting, lost 20 pounds, and reversed my diabetes. That, in turn, led me to develop the Fast800 diet.

Weight loss isn't just for people whose BMI indicates they are overweight or obese. If you have a spare tire like Phil, this could be a sign of “hidden” fat.

A big part of the problem is our modern take-away diet, which is filled with processed sugars and starchy foods that can increase blood sugar levels.

I was an alcoholic myself before realizing the harm sugar was doing to my health.

Weight loss isn't just for people whose BMI indicates they are overweight or obese. If you have a spare tire like Phil, this could be a sign of "hidden" fat (archive image)

Weight loss isn't just for people whose BMI indicates they are overweight or obese. If you have a spare tire like Phil, this could be a sign of "hidden" fat (archive image)

SATISFY

Our bodies respond to excess glucose in the blood by producing the hormone insulin, which pushes this sugar into our muscles for energy, but also stores excess visceral fat in places like the liver, pancreas, and abdominal cavity.

The problem with visceral fat is that it is metabolically different from subcutaneous fat, like the one on your buttocks or thighs.

Not only does a lot of visceral fat affect your immune system, but it also means you are more likely to develop high blood pressure and high blood sugar, which leads to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

This is why it is important to keep an eye on your waist size and measure yourself correctly – with a tape measure around your belly button.

The NHS says you should take action if you're a man with a waist of 37 inches or more, or 31.5 inches if you're a woman, regardless of what your scale or BMI reads.

The good news, however, is that a low-calorie regimen like the Fast800 can shrink your stomach and encourage your body to move from burning sugar to burning fat stores – starting with visceral fat.

This doesn't just build up around your waistline and internal organs. It can also be streaked through your organs like bacon. So it is possible that you will lose this “hidden” fat, but will initially see only a slight improvement in your waistline. One of our Devon volunteers, candy store owner Lee Powell, 48, reversed his non-alcoholic fatty liver disease after our eight-week experiment. The condition is caused by a build-up of fat that over time can lead to liver failure.

While Lee lost 13 pounds (from 15 to 2 pounds) during that time, his waistline didn't shrink as quickly as I would have predicted, from 41 to just 40 inches.

The problem with visceral fat is that it behaves metabolically differently than subcutaneous fat, e.g. B. on your bottom or your thighs (archive image).

The problem with visceral fat is that it metabolically behaves differently than subcutaneous fat, like the one on your buttocks or thighs (stock image)

But the fantastic news is that within weeks of starting my Fast800 plan, Lee drained the fat from his liver, which is fine now. This is great news for his health and he's absolutely thrilled, although he'll have more of his waist to lose if he sticks to the plan.

Studies also show that eating with meals – without snacks – and following the guidelines for intermittent fasting will only improve the process.

This includes quickly extending your night, with 12 to 16 hours between an early dinner and breakfast the next day. Please visit thefast800.com for more information

This explains why I was so delighted that our 30 volunteers lost a total of an impressive 9 feet 8 in their waists. Most lost 2 to 3 in eight weeks.

Becki Havercroft, a 31-year-old holistic therapist with a "very sweet tooth" from Sheffield, found that hers had shrunk by 4½ inches and lost 9 pounds, which had a positive effect on her stamina and mood.

Chudleigh, 32-year-old truck mechanic Kieron Bateman, like many British men, wore most of his pounds around his waist. Kieron has already lost 4 in about his middle (from 52 in to 49 in), started cooking and now enjoys playing soccer with his eight year old son after losing 1 to 10 pounds.

And he knows this is just the beginning: "I know I am still very tall, but the difference weight loss has made so far is amazing."

We would also like you to share the health benefits of my Fast800 plan. To keep you inspired, today we're sharing another delicious selection of healthy low-carb recipes developed by my GP wife Clare and our experts.

To see how Clare cooks some of the recipes, visit instagram.com/drclarebailey.

Fast weight loss isn't for everyone (see below), but the great thing about the Fast800 is that it's very flexible.

Why not give it a try today? It's never too late to improve your weight, health, and wellbeing.

The Fast800 is only suitable for overweight or obese people. If you have any health concerns or are taking any medication, speak to your GP before starting the plan.

Passion fruit and hazelnut yogurt

Preparation time: five minutes

Cooking time: zero

Calories per serving: 185

Served: one

  • 100 g regular full fat Greek yogurt
  • 10 g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 passion fruit

Put the yogurt in a bowl or glass and stir in the hazelnut pieces. Now halve the passion fruit, scoop out the seeds and stir into the yoghurt.

Passion fruit and hazelnut yogurt

Passion fruit and hazelnut yogurt

Simple strawberry yogurt

Preparation time: two minutes

Cooking time: zero

Calories per serving: 241

Served: one

  • 100 g full fat Greek yogurt
  • 100 g strawberries, peeled and sliced
  • 20 g almonds, chopped

Put the yogurt in a bowl and sprinkle over the strawberry slices and nut pieces. Enjoy!

Simple strawberry yogurt

Simple strawberry yogurt

Cheese and mushroom omelette

Preparation time: ten minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Calories per serving: 286

Served: one

  • 2 large free range eggs
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 50 g full-fat cottage cheese
  • 15 g parmesan, grated

In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork until they combine. Add black pepper and a splash of water and mix again.

In a non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and saute for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. Remove the mushrooms and set aside. Pour the egg mixture into the pan, making sure it covers the entire bottom.

Leave for 1 minute, carefully lift the egg from the edges with a spatula and allow the uncooked egg to flow to the edge of the pan. If small bubbles form on the outside of the top of the omelette and it looks cooked, spoon the mushroom mixture onto one half of the omelette and top it with both cheeses. Fold over the blank side of the omelette. Let simmer for another minute. Turn or slide onto a plate and serve immediately.

Cheese and mushroom omelette

Cheese and mushroom omelette

Beef skewers with zoodle salad

Preparation time: 20 minutes (plus extra for soaking the skewers and marinating the beef)

Cooking time: eight minutes

Calories per serving: 343

Served: two

  • 4 bamboo skewers
  • 300 g beef steaks, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 zucchini (approx. 200 g), spiralized
  • 1 carrot, spiralized
  • 80 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 20 g raw cashew nuts
  • Fresh coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ red pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces

FOR THE MARINADE

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon tamari sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cm root ginger, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Cover the skewers with water to soak.

Make the marinade first: in a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 teaspoon lemon juice with tamari, garlic, ginger and five spice powder.

Add the cubes of beef and toss. For marinating, store in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, nuts, and coriander leaves. Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over your salad and mix well.

Cover and set aside. Drain your bamboo skewers and start threading the beef and peppers on top, equal amounts of each.

Drizzle with the remaining marinade to coat. Preheat a grill pan over high heat and then reduce to medium. Fry the skewers for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally until just cooked through. Serve two skewers with half of the salad on each plate.

Beef skewers with zoodle salad

Beef skewers with zoodle salad

Halloumi and asparagus salad

Preparation time: five minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Calories per serving: 325

Served: one

  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 asparagus spears, cut woody ends
  • 60 g halloumi, diced
  • 50 g spinach leaves

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and cook the asparagus for 4 minutes or until tender. Remove the spears, set them aside and keep them warm.

Place the halloumi in the pan and cook until golden brown on each side for 2 minutes.

Place the spinach leaves on a plate and top with the asparagus and halloumi cubes. Season with lemon, salt and pepper before serving.

Halloumi and asparagus salad

Halloumi and asparagus salad

Pesto-baked fish

Preparation time: 12 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Calories per serving: 342

Served: two

200c / 180c fan / gas 6.

First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Now put the almond flour, the basil leaves, the pine nuts and the garlic in a blender and let it pulsate into a paste.

Squeeze in some lemon juice, add the parmesan and olive oil and season with sea salt. Stir well for a thick, pasty texture.

Spread the pesto paste evenly on the fish fillet.

Put the fish on the baking sheet and add the lemon wedges. Fry for 15 minutes or until the fish is golden and cooked through.

* Choose a firm fish with white meat, such as snapper, cod, haddock, hake,

Pesto-baked fish

Pesto-baked fish

Teriyaki tofu with zucchini

Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 40 minutes for marinating)

Cooking time: ten minutes

Calories per serving: 346

Served: one

  • 125 g firm tofu
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • ¼ avocado, sliced

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cm fresh ginger, grated,
  • ½ red chillies, pitted

First make the marinade. Put all ingredients in a screw jar and mix. Brush the tofu with the marinade and leave to marinate for 40 minutes.

Set up a large non-stick pan over low to medium heat and cook the tofu for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Pour over the rest of the marinade.

Pour the olive oil in a separate pan and sauté the zucchini for 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve the tofu with zucchini and cut into slices

Teriyaki tofu with zucchini

Teriyaki tofu with zucchini

Delicious salmon and egg salad

Preparation time: five minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Calories per serving: 312

Served: two

  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 100 g smoked salmon
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 100 g rocket
  • 80 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ red onion, sliced
  • ½ lemon

Hard boil the eggs first; Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low then add your eggs and cook for 7-8 minutes. Drain, let cool in cold water. Chill a hard-boiled egg for another time. Peel and quarter the remaining egg.

Add the smoked salmon, avocado, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and red onion to make the salad.

Serve between two plates, drizzled with lemon juice.

Delicious salmon and egg salad

Delicious salmon and egg salad

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