As the founder of an online weight loss support site, weightlossbuddy.com, Joey Dweck became familiar with a book by Dr. Michael Mosley on what is called intermittent fasting. It allows an individual to eat normally for a period of time, then switch to a short period of greatly reduced caloric intake.
Some call it “fast mimicking.”
“We do encourage the 5-day fasting and intermittent fasting,” said Dweck. “It’s been shown over the years, perhaps the last 20 years, that restrictive caloric intake gives the body a chance to strengthen and rejuvenate itself as opposed to debilitating.
“People lose weight, their stomachs shrink and they feel better and they have a lot of energy and all the blood markers seem to go in the right direction from what we have been doing. I think we are on to something.”
Taking it a step further, Dweck devised prepackaged, daily allottments of food and snacks and teas, things to be used during the five days of dieting. He calls it the 5-Day Fast.
“There are no substitutions because just as important as the calories are the ratios of proteins to carbs; it’s a low-protein protocol. You open up a bag a day and eat whatever is in there. Day one is 1150 calories then days two, three, four and five are 750 calories.”
He said an app is available to keep track of what you are eating and to receive encouragement from other members.
Dweck calls his weight loss website a cross between Weight Watchers and Facebook.