Dr Michael Mosley has changed thousands of lives with his award‐winning programmes and international bestselling books.
We caught up with Michael prior to his live gig in Aberdeen, which takes place on Monday February 18 at 7.30pm at Music Hall, to find out more about common health myths and diets.
What’s the worst nutrition advice you’ve ever heard?
I think ‘Eat lots of small meals to keep your blood sugars up’. This is appalling advice because it simply means that people eat more. It is part of the snack culture which is making us fat. It’s far better for your weight and your health to have two to three meals a day and build in longer “fasting” periods. In the show, and in my new book The Fast 800, I introduce a novel form of intermittent fasting called Time Restricted Eating. The idea is that you extend your overnight fast by having your dinner earlier or your breakfast much later. The claim that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is a myth.
What’s the most common health myth?
After, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, ‘starvation mode’ comes a close second. This is the claim that if you cut down on your calories your metabolic rate will suddenly collapse. In fact studies have shown, at least in the short term, that if you start a rapid weight loss diet your metabolic rate will increase.
What do you think everyone should know about diets?
I would like people to know that a good diet works and that many people are able to lose weight and keep it off, both in the short and the long term. Most diets fail because most diets are terrible.
Do you think some celebrity diets can be dangerous?
Yes, there are plenty of crazy celebrity diets out there. They are dangerous because they are not based on any scientific studies, but just something a celebrity has dreamed up. You often find celebs don’t even stick to their own diets.
Who is your live show aimed at?
I am aiming to entertain and surprise people about the workings of their own bodies. So far the audiences have been very varied, from enthusiastic teenagers to curious pensioners.
Why should people come see your show?
I have been working in television for over 30 years and I have a lot of fascinating and entertaining stories and footage from my programmes to share. I have also written a number of best selling books, starting with the Fast Diet (ie the 5:2 diet) and I want to share some of the surprising things I have learnt over the last few years about diet and nutrition.
I am just two weeks into the tour and the response from audiences has been absolutely fantastic. I will also be signing books and answering questions after the show finishes.