I admit, I misread the email and thought someone at last could get me into skinny jeans, but  with the sun finally shining and my shorts laughing at me from a deep dark drawer, I thought it was worth a look.

There has been much said about the two day fasting diet of which I am a little sceptical but when nutritionist Patrick Holford gets behind it then there is probably something behind it.

Animal studies have found that animals on low calories obviously lost weight, but also live up to 50% longer. The recent discovery is that the reason why is that this way of eating  switches on ‘skinny’ genes and switches off genes that makes us age faster.

Well OK, but how do you do that healthily? It is all down to your insulin levels apparently as the more you make the faster you age and the more weight you put on, especially around the middle.  Insulin is released whenever your blood sugar level goes high – the consequence of eating sugar or refined carbohydrates. A lot of dairy products also raises a type of insulin called insulin-like growth factr (IGF-1). Meat does too to a lesser extent.

Nutritionist Patrick Holford has devised the perfect diet for keeping your insulin level low, based on eating low GL foods every other day – three days a week. Low GL foods are foods that release their sugar content slowly, such as oat flakes as opposed to cornflakes, or berries as opposed to bananas, or wholegrain soda bread as compared to the white stuff.  There are other simple ways to keep your insulin level down – always eating protein with carbs (eg nuts with fruit); a squeeze of lemon juice or some vinegar, perhaps in salad dressing, with your meal.

Then there’s exercise. Specific exercises also switch your genes and metabolism towards fat-burning. Working with former Gladiator (Zodiac) Kate Staples has devised an 8 minute routine you do every other day to accelerate fatburning.

There is no better way to get slim, strong and healthy without hunger.” Says Patrick Holford who has hundreds of happy customers who have lost the equivalent of 1 stone a month on his low diet.

He is running seminars to help you get to grips with this whole new way of eating  and his new book ‘Burn Fat Fast’ is out on June 6th.  More info on the book and tour dates at www.patrickholford.com/




AnnA Rushton is an experienced author and speaker on health, personal development and creativity. With a background in television, theatre and advertising she is a natural communicator with a particular interest in womens health and holistic medicine. Her books include 'Natural Progesterone', How to Cope Successfully With Stress', 'Tips For Hot Flushes', 'Dealing With Procrastination' and 'How To Write Your Life Story' all of which are available at http://www.creativecatalyst.co.uk

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