Eat, Fast and Live Longer

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Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself – with life-changing results.

Eat, Fast and Live Longer, 8.9 out of 10 based on 158 ratings

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  • JAMIMA

    i agree strongly with this doco… fasting is a great way to preserve your health.. there is thousands of studies which prove so.. just trying it on yourself is a great way of testing the theory of eating smaller portions of food/fasting.. you feel shit-loads better and meat drops off you like a braised pork hock..

    • http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/ Chris Young

      Whilst there seems to be compeling evidence to support intermittent fasting there doesn’t seem to be any hard science behind it yet. This document is worth a read: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting

  • Babes

    Sounds like a great idea even for people with healthy numbers. Another great health preserver ..thanks for the share

  • lucy

    I have tried many diets in the past to shift some of my unwanted weight due to over indulging. I watched this documentary and thought I would give it a try as I have heard from family and friends that it really works… I have lost nearly a stone in under 2 weeks. I know that when you have more to loose it falls off you in the first two weeks but no other diet, weight watchers, slimming world, cambridge, slim fast, atkins, boots etc has ever worked for me before, I would only ever loose 2Ibs a week from eating hardly anything and id feel tired and weak. It is right what Michael says, after the fasting days you tend to be very careful with what you eat on the ‘food’ days and for me its because the progress has been so uplifting that I don’t want to spoil it and for the first time getting to my goal weight doesn’t seem hard or that far away. I feel much more energetic and healthy through eating the right foods and through fasting, I am hardly hungry at all when I eat my 1 main meal a day fasting (I prefer to save all of the calories up). I don’t miss eating rubbish either, I treat myself but instead of having 3 small sausage rolls id have one and then not pick anything else. I have been fasting every other day instead of the 5:2 which is probably why I have lost so much quickly. But to anyone crying out to loose some weight quickly and safetly, or to improve health… just give this a try. I still have 2 stone to go untill my goal weight but 2 weeks ago I had 3 stone and felt depressed and groggy, now I am excited about hitting my next goal which is another stone gone by christmas! Good luck everyone, trust me if I can do it you can.

    • Ken

      Anytime you alter your intake in calories or cleanse your system make sure you drink plenty of water.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Menzies/867380491 Matt Menzies

    Good for people trying to find their goals in health, be it loosing weight, feeling better, repairing a diseased state or what ever.
    Please be mindful though, of your comments you are posting on here as hundreds of people will view them. Dear Lucy writes well until she exposes the mindset in what is described as treats and non junk foods.
    Treats (as foods) should be given as they are described for that reason. To treat (gift) the body as a thank you. Not vise versa. The mind set needs to change here.
    Treats are better utilised with your favorite berries or alike, nutrient dense.

    Look at sausage rolls as rotten animal part left overs with many additives wrapped in white flour – another poisonous food product.
    Find out what real food is, eat it and be gracious with each bite.
    Fast when your body tells you to.
    Listen to the body as it speaks the truth – unless drugged.
    Fasting I hope everyone understands, means to stop. This means resting digestinve track, body and mind. Water only as asked by the body. Fasting needs to be taught and supervised.
    Go for it & best of luck.
    MM

    • Peter

      Excellent points! I know this comment’s more than a year old, but I just saw this documentary last night. I thought it was pretty good, for the most part. I was always a moderately healthy eater and a very active cyclist. I don’t eat much junk. I’ve recently discovered I’m gluten intolerant and as I approach 50, pre-diabetic. Diabetes runs rampant on my father’s side of the family. November, last year, I consulted a health coach about upgrading my life with diet. I’ve been drinking vegetable juice and eating nuts for breakfast, almost entirely plant based, and a lot of raw foods, with the exception of the weekends and then I would have eggs and potatoes. I don’t eat any refined sugars or grains and whole foods only. I used to have major drops in blood sugar, leading me to binge eat. Now, I don’t have those problems at all.

      The reason I thought the documentary wasn’t all great was because of the 5/2 diet. It sounded to me, like Dr. Mosley was given license to eat whatever he wants during the 5 days, as long as he stuck to the 600 calories the other 2 days. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t remember him discussing what the amazing 101 year old man ate. I know he said he ate small portions, but of what? I know what was said about the fasting and what it does for our brains. But, there has to be some emphasis on a well rounded diet.

      • Jan Levine

        He confirmed his results with blood work on 2 non consecutive days fasting per week in his book. It is based on the PhD in Chicago’s research.

  • itsallright

    off-topic: somebody really went mad with some piece of video editing software during this film, It was a bit annoying frankly.

  • penutaxis

    Someone keeps *&^%ing with the aspect ratio during this film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/imcorbin.fath Im’corbin Fath

    Wooo daft punk for ever!

  • Zooterpust

    Interesting documentary. Wonder if the two days of fasting must be contiguous. I need to do SOMETHING. Not sure if I could pull off a two-day fast, though. I like to eat. A lot.

    • Jan levine

      You don’t do consecutive days. That is why it is sustainable.

  • LAM

    I began this on Thursday. I will give myself the same eight weeks. Wish me well.

    • Dr David Robertson

      I wish I could view it, it freezes on Windows 8/64 bit.

      • Jan Levine

        Go to the library and see it.

  • Dr David Robertson

    I only wish I could view it, it won’t
    play in Windows 8/64 bit

  • Tess Oxley

    I began IF on M/W/F about two years ago, in response to terrible asthma symptoms (in other words, inflammation) and high cholesterol numbers – I was determined to get off the inhalers and to never go on the cholesterol drugs. In short, IF works! Both conditions have cleared out of my system completely. Whether this is coincidental to the IF or not, all that matters to me is, I can breathe freely again, I am not at risk for heart disease and I have dropped 23 lbs. I have given up processed foods and eat a whole-foods diet, and while not a strict vegetarian, animal protein is not the largest portion on my plate. I am not obsessed with organics and I am not a fanatic determined to walk up to the overweight people I see every day and explain the solution to their food problems. I just wish that everyone – everyone – would try it for just a few weeks. To the last person, they would be amazed and convinced by the positive results. Exercise is beneficial in its own ways, but not necessarily for weight loss. You cannot exercise off the calories packed into an excessive diet. What you can do, is to eat less,to eat better, and to eat intermittently. Feeling hungry is not a bad thing, when you know you can enjoy food tomorrow, and benefit from the IF every day.

  • David P

    On this IF program, do I need to fast 2 days in a row/consecutively or any 2 days of the week to get the benefits ?

  • Alexandra

    David, It is two nonconsecutive days. I usually do Mon/Wed, but sometimes vary. It doesn’t seem to matter.

  • yasmine

    It is astonishing that the documentary maker met with a sikh family in the beginning of the film to ask about the secret of their health but when he hit upon the two day a week fast as the best formula did nor consider interviewing one of the millions of muslims who do just that: fast voluntarily mondays and thursdays as mohammed peace be upon him did his whole life and recommended his followers to do.

    • Jagriti

      Yasmine , He interviewed Fauja Singh bcs he is a marathon runner at the age of 101 ! And i dont think many people can claim to be that. And many Hindu all over the world fast for many days throughout the year . So please don’t make it about religion. Mr Fauja deserves respect :)

      • Najia

        Hi everyone , i dont think it wud have been about religion if he had covered the mondays n thursdays fasting style of muslims , altho people of other religions fast too but muslim’s way of mondays and thursdays each week is the best example of 5:2 diet, and not extreme either only fasting from dawn till dusk, would have been nice if he researched on that too. compared results

  • Lee

    In response to a alarming medical diagnosis almost 6 years ago, I adopted a macrobiotic diet, and effectively calorie restricted to +/- 1,800 calories per day, vegetables and whole grains, with occasional fish. No dairy. No sugar or sugar substitutes. Minimal saturated fats. I also started to practice a vigorous style of Yoga. The results have been phenomenal. Total cholesterol dropped from 210-240 to 150. Blood pressure, previously treated with meds, came to be naturally controlled. Weight dropped over 6 months from 185 lbs to 135 lbs. BMI is now just over 19. Health is improved on all fronts. At 63, I feel better than I did at 53 and have more energy/vitality. I encourage all who have concern for their health to adopt a seriously healthy lifestyle. The rewards are many!

  • Freddy

    I never understood why people would prefer to intermittently starve themselves so they can keep eating bad food full of saturated fat and such (i.e. meat and dairy) – when you can get better results and more health without ever having to go hungry (fasting = depriving the body of sustenance) by simply adopting a whole foods plant-based diet – just ditch the animal products and processed garbage and the problem is solved. So simple. If you want to be truly healthy with effectively healthy eating habits listen to Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, etc. They don’t say you need to fast, they say you need to eat right. Healthy food can also taste good if you have a brain. If you have a brain, you can figure out how to prepare the food so it satisfies your taste buds. Whole food, plant-based food. Good luck!

    • Elizabeth

      Well, Freddy, as nice as it is of you to say that people who eat animal products don’t have brains, you’re the dumb one here; people have different preferences and their bodies react differently to different diets. Cool for you that you like a plant-based diet, but that makes me feel sick and weak — and no, you can’t convince me otherwise, I was a vegan ((with a nutritionist) for 2 years and constantly felt awful. Your response is rude, condescending, and unhelpful. Maybe you should try considering the perspective of others before you dole out what you believe to be an absolute solution.

      • Jan Levine

        Read Lights Out, Sleep Sugar and Survival for info on being a vegan or vegetarian. Essential fatty acids, are well essential for cell function. (esp. brain function.) Try to find 1 civilization that was/is purely vegetarian, (without supplements) None.

  • http://Documentaryheaven Jackie Martin

    The guy in the beginning who ate apple skins etc is miserable and totally boring !!!
    Do we really want to be so thin and so miserable me devoid of personality ?
    Go have a cheeseburger thin boring guy

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  • Allen Hurley

    My wife and I saw this video in late April 2013. We went on the alternate day fast, which has become more of a five-two diet plan rather than the alternate day fast. Results have been a 27 and 17 lb weight loss with significant health benefits as confirmed by blood tests. It has been the easiest, most rewarding results we have ever obtained. To this date, we have not added any additional exercise or diet change, except, we have added three to five weekly servings of a whole grain heirloom barley. Seriously, look at the video and pay attention to the change in the IGF1 result from the different fasting methods. I feel this could revolutionize our way of life and improve the health and well-being of all who find the benefits of fasting.

  • Anita

    My husband and I began this in April and it is the easiest thing you will ever do to loss weight and feel great. I have dropped 30 lbs and my husband 27. We do Monday & Tuesdays as our days. This is something I can life with and not put the weight back on. If in doubt JUST DO IT! you can do anything for 2 days and the results are amazing!!

  • Ash

    I agree with Jasmine , we as Muslims have been doing it for ages , it would have been good if he covered this part as-well. As we do it one month in the year from sunrise to sunset, how does that benefit the body health.

    • Najia

      He should have covered n researched the Isalmic way of fasting (it wouldn’t have been about religion) also since its the closest to 5:2 diet by fasting on mondays and thursdays from dawn till dusk, and its not even extreme, millions of muslims all over the world do it each week.

  • Jagriti

    Yasmine , He interview Fauja Singh bcs he is amarathon runner at the age of 101 ! And i dont think any people can claim to be that. And many Hindu all over the world for many days throughout the year . So please dont make it about religion. Mr Fauja deserves respect :)

  • Jagriti

    He interviewed Fauja Singh bcs he is amarathon runner at the age of 101 ! And I dont think that many people can claim to be that. And many Hindus fast all over the world for many days throughout the year . So please don’t make it about religion. Mr Fauja deserves respect :)

  • Peter

    Guess the food industry will hate him forever (both health food and junk food companies) , if this method adopted nationwide, 28% less food will be consumed lol

  • Eve

    the post by the Muslim lady about fasting is laughable… I know plenty of Muslims and while fasting during the day (as long as sun is up) during Ramadan, everybody stuffs themselves with any food they desire as soon as the sun sets… I do understand, still not easy and silly, unhealthy manners of fasting (no water, or any fluid during the day which is crazy in the Australian summer!). What’s the point?

  • Eve

    Freddy, I have been eating whole plant based food (much of it raw) for over 30 years now. I drink a lot of water and I am active, a hiker, exercising and riding my bike. And yet, I have a lot of fat in the midriff area of my body and despite increasing my activities and looking after my diet I could not loose weight! Your answer may not be everybody’s answer, furthermore you put down people! You may have a brain but not the answer!

  • http://ubraw.com Ronnie

    I follow the philosophy and practices of the Essenes, they taught the benefits of a weekly one day fast … 2,000. years ago.