‘I followed Dr Mosley’s advice and changed when I ate my food – I dropped three stone’

Everyone knows that when it comes to weight loss, exercise and diet are crucial. But what time you eat can also have a huge part to play.

Lucy Nield, 60, had always been a yo-yo dieter but found success with Time Restricted Eating after signing up for Dr Michael Mosley’s The Fast 800 programme.

Last September, she weighed 13 stone 8 lbs, but nearly a year on and she has lost almost three stone, taking her to just under 11 stone.

Lucy, from Fleet, Hampshire, admits that she had always struggled to be happy with her weight and tried many well-known fads. But last summer, she seemed to be putting on weight quicker than usual.

Lucy put on weight last summer as she turned to comfort eating(Lucy Nield)
She weighed almost 14 stone before the programme(Lucy Nield)

She told the Mirror: “I was still exercising gently, but it was limited because I had problems with my hip and this injury definitely impacted my mood, as well as my mobility. To counteract that low mood, I found I ate and drank a little more than normal and without the exercise, I began to put on weight.

“Last summer, my husband and I went away and had a wonderful time, but when I got back, I looked at some of the photographs and I thought, ‘oh my goodness, I’ve really put on weight’.” After being stunned at how she looked, she decided to take action.

She researched online for a regime that she thought would this time work, and purchased Dr Mosley’s book – The Fast 800 – before signing up to the online programme for support. The diet, based on the research by Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University including the DiRECT study, 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 first stage sees a rapid weight loss phase where the body is put into a major calorie deficit, before phase two which focuses on intermittent fasting.