Peter Markwick, 58, from East Sussex “changed his life” when he embarked on Dr Michael Mosley’s Fast 800 programme. Feeling “exhausted, tired and lethargic”, Peter was “frequently poorly with colds and chest infections”. After struggling at work, he was prescribed blood pressure tablets and cholesterol medication in January this year. Having tried to lose weight before, Peter would get bored with the diet and after a serious conversation with a health professional about the state of his liver, Peter decided to turn his life around. In just 12 weeks, Peter lost 3.7 stone taking his weight from 17.7 stone to 14 stone and hasn’t looked back since.
Peter told Express.co.uk about his weight loss journey: “I had been drinking far too much beer for 40 years, and consequently the GP prescribed cholesterol and blood pressure medication. I was also taking medication for psoriasis and arthritis.
“What really hit home was a phone call with a hospital nurse, who was very concerned about my high liver count levels after a blood test. She said if I carried on drinking to that level, I would end up in hospital with serious liver issues.”
Realising he needed to take his health seriously, Peter chose The Fast 800 online programme.
“When I lost a stone, I started to get lovely comments from friends and customers,” he explained. “Interestingly, many of them said ‘You’re looking well’ rather than commenting on my weight loss.
“The most fantastic improvement apart from the weight loss is that my doctor has been able to take me off all medications,” he added.
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“My psoriasis has significantly improved and my arthritis causes me minimal pain now.”
Peter initially followed The Very Fast 800, a short-term, intensive approach designed for those who need to lose a lot of weight quickly.
Followers eat 800 calories per day for up to 12 weeks, using the healthy, Mediterranean-style recipes rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats provided within the online programme’s meal plans.
“The Fast 800 has really opened my eyes as to how delicious Mediterranean-style food is,” Peter said. “Although I ate 800 calories for the first 12 weeks, my energy levels were high.
“Now, having completed The Very Fast 800 approach, I can see just how much better I am feeling mentally and physically.”
He has now moved onto on of The Fast 800’s longer-term sustainable approaches, The Way of Life, eating a moderately low-carb, Mediterranean-style diet.
Peter occasionally incorporates an 800-calorie day along with time-restricted eating where he fasts daily for up to 16 hours, usually overnight.
This approach is intended for those looking to maintain their weight while further improving their fitness and metabolic health.
For people with only a small amount of weight to lose or those who want to lose weight more gradually, The Fast 800 online programme also offers The New 5:2 approach, which factors in two 800-calorie fasting days per week and five non-fasting days.
Peter continued: “The great thing about The Very Fast 800 approach, along with the constant support and information available on the online programme, is that when you’ve completed 12 weeks of it, you feel confident and educated enough to move to the longer-term approaches.
“When you move on to The New 5:2 or Way of Life, you’re just eating even more of the lovely foods you’ve enjoyed for the past 12 weeks, with the know-how to make good choices in the real world.”
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Looking back at how far he has come, Peter said: “I am amazed at the amount of energy I now have. My brain has become much sharper, and I have an excitement about life.
“I realised after about seven weeks into The Fast 800 that I could get used to this lifestyle.
“The diet works because all you’re doing is eating great food. And once you’ve reached your goal you just increase the volume of the lovely food you’ve been eating for 12 weeks.”
As for his social life: “I don’t struggle to go out with my friends for a drink. I still have the occasional beer, but I’m in total control now, unlike before.
“My weight loss has inspired my wife to change her lifestyle too. She was very supportive of me, and has recently started her journey now.”
Peter’s final piece of advice is: “Start by committing to weeks of your life, because it can completely change your life.”
The Fast 800 online programme offers a sustainable plan for the growing number of people. who struggle with weight loss and want to continue eating satisfying, real-food meals.
The platform guides them to eat a Mediterranean-style diet, scientifically proven to be one of the best ways of eating for long-term health, so the results they achieve are sustained long-term, and their health is improved to support an active lifestyle well into the future.
But this is only one part of the programme.
The online programme hosts a member-only community of peers sharing their own journeys,
with professionally-qualified Health Coaches offering guidance and support.
Along with meal plans and recipes, users are provided with weekly exercise plans and mindfulness resources for a holistic solution.
A 12-week programme on www.thefast800.com costs £99 and includes:
– Meal plans for The Very Fast 800, The New 5:2 and Med-style diets, with vegetarian options
– Three calorie-counted meals per day based on healthy, gut-friendlyMediterranean-style food
– Over 400 tasty and easy-to-make recipes unique to the online programme
– Shopping lists – just print and go, or use the list to help with your online grocery shop
– Guided exercise plans – all suited to the home, no equipment necessary
– Lots of tips and support on how to adapt your routine
– Health Coaches on hand for advice, support and motivation
– A lively and inspirational cohort of members, united by a common goal to improve health
– Weekly motivational articles and videos, so you can make these changes for life!