The science of surviving the Christmas holidays, health intact, according to Michael Mosley

I have to laugh when Dr Michael Mosley’s elevator speech from his latest New Zealand show arrives in my inbox.

At his new live theatrical presentation, A Life Change Experience, coming to Auckland and Wellington in March, Dr Mosley explains how to achieve “extraordinary leaps in performance” in his discussion of the latest science around weight loss, sleep and mental health.

I had a chocolate bar for breakfast that day and had spent the previous week searching for cheesecake and roast recipes for Christmas.

On Friday, I bailed him out on the phone by saying, “It’s off season.” “Can we be expected to be in peak physical condition throughout the holiday?”

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Mosley, 65, is 9:00 pm in the UK and Mosley admits he’s wearing five coats because his radiators broke down in the near-freezing temperatures.

“To some extent you have to say ‘this is what’s going to happen’ and plan for January. [instead]Mosley confirms that no one – not even himself – is vulnerable to the plethora of Christmas slump.

“I love mince pies and things like that,” she says. “As we get a little closer to Christmas, I try to keep them out of the house. I have a very sweet tooth. [But] If you say, ‘I’m going to eat carrots for Christmas,’ you might drive yourself a little crazy. It’s part of the pleasure, isn’t it?”

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Mosley has built a huge following and a successful career—books, documentaries, columns, and shows—as a kind of guinea pig. Trained as a doctor, he was already a respected science reporter when he discovered in 2012 that he had type 2 diabetes – a surprise, in his own words, because he wasn’t overweight.

But it did raise blood sugar levels and the fat around her internal organs. To reverse this, she started using food, started a 5:2 diet, cut calories to 800 a day two days a week, while eating the other five normally.

Since then, The FastLife about intermittent fasting and high-intensity training; 8-week Blood Sugar Diet about beating diabetes; Smart Intestine Diet; Fast 800 Diet about fasting; Fast Sleeping about improving brain function and elevating your mood, and a book about coronavirus and vaccines in 2020.

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In his new book of the same name, released during the Covid lockdowns in the UK, and on the BBC podcast Just One Thing, Mosley explores the science that underpins the little things people can improve their lives like singing songs, buying houseplants. spending time outside.

Mosley is a practitioner of the kind of lifehacks most of us might roll their eyes on: cold showers for mood and energy boost, intermittent fasting, macro-based eating, delaying coffee 90 minutes after waking up, starting the day with push-ups, and squats (“Up and down movement, going to the brain.” seems particularly beneficial for blood flow”) and balancing on one leg while brushing (“Balance is a crucial part of aging successfully”).

Doctor Michael Mosley.


Doctor Michael Mosley.

Mosley says he believes it debunks the myths about our lifestyle, such as everyone eating breakfast and eating five small meals, despite some criticism (which The Mirror once called diet recommendations “ridiculous and creepy”). Eating every day, sugar is the devil, and exercise is the solution to weight gain.

He researched everything from the placebo effect to how much benefit just three minutes of exercise could provide. He deliberately infected himself with a tapeworm and sent a camera to his intestines.

“I try to keep an open mind about things,” says Mosley. “When people suggest things that I think are a little crazy, I go and check it out and talk to a group of scientists, and sometimes there’s a grain of truth in them.”

It sets the limits on some things. He told me that he – or rather his wife – had performed a torture experiment kaibo, even though no cardiologist had promised that he would not die. “He bit that dust.” Fans asked him to explore other “totally crazy” things like time travel and plants that live out of the air and the sun.

Now, he’s obsessed with aging well, and he’s going to talk to audiences about some of his latest research in epigenetic testing – tests that reveal how old you are biologically, and how that can be manipulated with things like blood product infusions, or everything we’ve discussed before, like stress management through fasting and breathing exercises. eight-week programs that include everything.

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Watch Jordan decorate his spiced Christmas cake with candied oranges, cranberries, and pistachios. (First published in 2016)

He’s motivated by interest in metabolic health, markers of our health rather than weight alone, such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and he seems energized by how fast the science is moving.

“In 2012 I would have told you that intermittent fasting is bullshit, it’s for hippies, and there’s no real proof,” she says. “Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned in the last decade is that there is so much interesting science going on, like the microbiome gut bacteria.

“Ten years ago we knew almost nothing, now prebiotics, probiotics, and now postbiotics are the new kid on the block. How incredibly important is the microbiome – that’s what we knew nothing about.

“That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, that this thing is constantly moving, evolving, changing, moderating. I just love it.

back to Christmas. And so it’s the new year, when vows to lose weight and be healthier begin to take shape in people’s minds. Mosley’s Christmas strategy is to alternate and substitute. Put more vegetables on plates than desserts, and follow up each glass of drink with a glass of water.

“If you’re craving a sweet snack, switch to a handful of hazelnuts or some dark chocolate instead.”

Not keen on facing scales? Mosley measures whether his wife has told him she snores or if his belt is tightened. He also suggests taking a piece of string and measuring your height, then seeing if your gut fits that length. See how long you can balance on one leg. Application.

And for next year? “Be realistic. [Your goals] It should be reachable, ‘I’ll do this by this time’ and tell your friends. You have to have a plan. You’re more likely to succeed if you do this with someone else, and you need to know why you’re doing it.” Later, when I was transcribing my notes, I realized that I had mispronounced “measurable goals” as “miserable.”

However, “If you usually say, ‘I’m going to lose some weight,’ you probably won’t lose it.”

All in the name of a quality life, says Mosley.

“I think we’re going to live very long. Most of us can expect to live to age 84. Most people start showing signs of chronic disease at age 60-65, people often live 20 to 40 years in poor health, and that sounds like a bad bargain to me,” she says.

“I don’t want to live forever, but I want to live well into my 80s and then get hit by a bus.”

Michael Mosley’s upcoming speaking tour, A Life Changer Experience, is at the Opera House in Wellington on March 14, 2023, and Auckland’s Civic Theater on March 15, 2023. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. More information can be found in the Side Events.


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