Weight Loss: Michael Mosley Explains Why He’s “Banning” 4 Popular Foods From His Diet

Dr Michael Mosley is a strong supporter of the Mediterranean Diet and believes it is the best diet for anyone looking to lose weight and stay healthy. But to do that, it means “cutting down” four food groups. The food expert explained why and what foods you should eat instead.

Following the immense success of the 5: 2 diet, Dr. Michael developed it further by including a Mediterranean diet on the five days without fasting.

He said, “Today we have more hard evidence than ever that 5: 2 is one of the best ways to get and stay lean – as well as lower your risk of disease.

“But this time there’s a smart twist, too.”

The new 5: 2 includes calorie controlled dishes that have been created with no more than five main ingredients.

Dr Michael explained why this was beneficial: “Fast Days are easier than ever to buy and prepare.

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But there are four food groups that you need to reduce your intake of if you want to be successful in losing weight.

He explained, “Cut down on sugar, sugary treats, drinks and desserts altogether.

“This includes most breakfast cereals, which are usually high in sugar, as well as most store-bought smoothies.

“Minimize or avoid starches, that is, white foods: bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice.

“Switch to whole grains instead, including bulgur (cracked wheat), whole rye, whole grain barley, wild rice and buckwheat. Brown rice is okay.

“Legumes such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas are also healthy and filling,” he added.


Step 1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Butter and line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch (8-inch) square removable-bottom pan with non-stick baking paper.

Step 2. Place the beetroot, eggs, cocoa powder, dates and coconut oil in a food processor and mix until well combined. You can also mix the ingredients in a bowl using a hand blender.

Step 3. Add the flour, cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt and baking soda and mix until combined. Add an additional tablespoon of water to loosen the mixture, if necessary.

Stir in chocolate, then pour into prepared pan, spreading out over sides. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch.

Step 4. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then unmould and cut into squares to serve.

Point: If you are using a packet of ready-made red beets from the supermarket, make sure it doesn’t contain vinegar or spices. Alternatively, you can cook them yourself – wash the beetroot, place it in a pot of water, bring to a boil and cook for 40-45 minutes or until tender, then peel- the. Freeze leftover brownies in a lidded container wrapped in foil.

The New 5: 2 Fast Free Days: To add a bit of crunch and extra protein, add 150g coarsely chopped pecans with the chocolate. Serve after a meal with a handful of berries, a spoonful of whole yogurt or crème fraîche. (You can reheat in the microwave for a few seconds first, if you like.)

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