Many of us have overindulged during lockdown, or simply exercised less due to coronavirus restrictions. Now Dr Michael Mosley will host a documentary about the impact of lockdown on the nation’s health and will put together a lifestyle and diet plan to get the UK back on track. Helping volunteers, he will create bespoke diet plans to help them shift the extra weight.

The documentary has not aired yet, but Dr Michael Mosley revealed a few secrets on Radio 2 on Monday.

The doctor, journalist and author is well known for his 2016 TV series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

Dr Mosley has been through a weight loss journey himself, reversing his Type 2 diabetes with a diet makeover.

He has been helping others to transform their diet ever since this experience, and this new show is an example of that.

Some of the volunteers had gained as much as 42 pounds in lockdown, and Dr Mosley’s diet plan aims to fix this.

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Speaking to Steve Wright on his Radio 2 afternoon show, Dr Mosley revealed two-thirds of Britons have gained weight during lockdown.

He is seeking to reverse this with the new documentary.

Mosley wants to tackle obesity, and one way to do this is to change your diet.

He suggested the national weight gain is probably down to stress, boredom, inactivity, and a desire to eat comfort food.

Mosley’s documentary shows how to slim down if you have put on weight during this time.

He said on the radio show: “The best time to lose the weight is soon after you’ve put it on, that’s what all the science shows.”

However, the new documentary is controversial, as the title suggests the footage will reveal how to lose a lot of weight in just three weeks.

Leading eating disorder charity in the UK, Beat, has stated it will extend its helpline hours tonight in order to support those struggling with the documentary’s content.

A tweet from Beat’s account said: “In response to a lockdown diet programme on Channel 4 tomorrow night (Wednesday 5th), our services will be open until 11pm for anyone who needs to chat #EDsupport#eatingdisorders”.

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So what advice does Dr Mosley give on losing a stone in 21 days?

You’ll have to wait until the show airs tonight to know in detail, but knows a little about what Mosley recommends.

The doctor puts the volunteers on an 800 calorie low-carb diet plan, which is based on The Fast 800 book which Mosley wrote with his wife, GP Dr Clare Bailey.

The book reveals how to lose weight eating just 800 calories a day.

On Radio 2, Mosley talked about a new Oxford University study which found those following this diet could lose more than 20 pounds and keep it off.

Does it really work?

The diet has been proven to have long-term benefits.

Numerous studies have found that although dieters gain a few pounds afterwards on this plan, it was “nothing like” those who lose weight slowly.

Mosley said rapid weight loss plans like his 800 calorie diet are more effective, because “you’ll lose more but you’re likely to keep it off too.”

He explained most crash diets fail because dieters aren’t eating enough protein.

You need to eat around 60 grams of protein a day to fill you up.

He said on the show: “If you look at 800 calories, that’s basically a bag of crisps and a sandwich.”

However, you need to eat three healthy meals a day within the calorie restriction.

Eating enough protein will prevent you from feeling hungry.

Dr Bailey has helped to create the menu for the plan, based on a healthy Mediterranean-style diet which incorporates foods such as olive oil, fish, nuts, fruit and vegetables, as well as full-fat yoghurts and eggs.

Is this diet safe?

Dr Mosley is a doctor, and said he knows the diet plan is “safe and effective”, and the research on the plan is positive.

However, before dramatically restricting your calorie intake you need to consult your GP.

The NHS site suggests you can and probably should eat more calories than 800 calories a day, while still losing weight.

It says: “For most men, this means sticking to a calorie limit of no more than 1,900kcal a day, and 1,400kcal for most women.”

Use the NHS website’s BMI calculator to see if you need to lose any weight in the first place.

You will also be given your own personal weight loss calorie allowance, based on your BMI.

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