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Developed by Dr Michael Mosley of BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, the Fast 800 diet claims to potentially cut your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer and, because stage one is a very low-calorie diet (VLCD), possibly reverse type 2 diabetes. The diet is aimed at those wishing to lose weight, especially if they carry excess abdominal fat, as well as those with blood sugar issues, including pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Michael designed the diet based on the research performed by Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University including the direct study, funded by Diabetes UKThe Fast 800 diet brings together the concepts of Michael Mosley's previous books including the 5:2 diet and the Blood Sugar Diet and combines them with knowledge gained from recent research relating to intermittent fasting and low carb or low calorie diets.The Fast 800 is structured in stages and starts with a rapid weight loss phase, which lasts for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of 12. This involves following a daily eating plan that is restricted to 800 calories - either by using a VLCD meal replacement product which supplies 600 calories (normally equivalent to three shakes) combined with 200 calories of vegetables; or you can choose to eat real food (recipe ideas are included in the book), which comprise lean protein sources and vegetables. Those adopting this stage of the plan typically have either a lot of weight to lose, require fast results, have reached a weight loss plateau or have type 2 diabetes. Stage one is designed to switch the body from burning sugar to burning fat by prompting mild ketosis.The second stage of the plan involves intermittent fasting, restricting calories to 800 a day for two days of the week, then eating a healthy, lower carb Mediterranean diet for the remaining five days. This stage offers an opportunity to embrace home cooking, reduce processed foods and focus on vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, legumes, healthy fats and lean protein. The plan recognises that sustaining protein intake is important to maintain muscle mass and support metabolism. The plan also suggests time-restricted eating to enhance the benefits of fasting.Once you've achieved your goal weight, you enter the maintenance phase. This phase is designed to fit personal goals and to work with your lifestyle; you'll continue with the Mediterranean style of eating, following a low sugar diet with limited amounts of starchy carbs, with a weekly fast day, if needed.