I think all di­ets

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

are non­sense from a weight-loss per­spec­tive, be­cause if we sim­ply con­sume less than we burn, we lose weight no mat­ter which diet we adopt. The Pa­leo diet is par­tic­u­larly trou­ble­some, how­ever, in that it for­bids the con­sump­tion of food­stuffs, such as ce­re­als and most car­bo­hy­drates, that are easily di­gested by the body and used for energy rather than be­ing stored as fat. It rec­om­mends an in­cred­i­bly high pro­tein in­take of up to 35 per cent of daily calo­ries, which is con­sid­er­ably higher than the 15 to 25 per cent sug­gested by mod­ern di­eti­cians. The Pa­leo diet also rec­om­mends a mod­er­ate to high in­take of fat—again, not usu­ally rec­om­mended by di­eti­tians. I have been fol­low­ing Dr Michael Mosley’s best­seller The Fast Diet, in which he es­pouses the ben­e­fits of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing and warns that the eat­ing of five small meals a day rec­om­mended by Pa­leo can ac­tu­ally have ad­verse ef­fects. Mosley states that fast­ing for long in­ter­vals be­tween meals (up to 16 hours) al­lows your body to re­pair cells rather than con­tin­u­ally pro­duce new ones. The con­stant pro­duc­tion of new cells can in­crease the risk of can­cer. My regime these days is all about keep­ing an eye on the calo­ries… and skip­ping break­fast.

David is the founder of Aqua Res­tau­rant Group

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