Sixtyplusurfers Interview

Dr Michael Mosley 

By Jenny Itzcovitz

Dr Michael Mosley, the man behind the iconic 5:2 diet is embarking on his first ever UK theatre tour Dr Michael Mosley – Trust Fast Health from 2nd February 2019. With 38 dates around the UK, this informative and entertaining live show will see Dr Michael Mosley explode common health myths and offer fascinating insights into the workings of the human body.

Dr Michael Mosley will also be talking about his new book The Fast 800 which is published by Short Books on 10th January 2019 which explains how to combine rapid weight loss and intermittent fasting for long-term health. We put him in the spotlight to find out more about his background and forthcoming tour.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first became interested in medicine?

“I did my first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, before becoming an investment banker. I soon realised that I was far more interested in understanding what makes humans tick than in money, so I applied for and got a place to study medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, in London.”

How did you get involved in television and documentary making?

“I originally intended to become a psychiatrist, but after qualifying I became disillusioned with that branch of medicine and instead, in a slightly random moment, applied for a fast director trainee scheme at the BBC.

“I worked in lots of different areas of the BBC, from current affairs to drama, but spent most of the last 30 years at the BBC working in the science department. I was a director for ten years, an executive producer for 10 years and then a presenter for 10 years.”

Can you tell us about your theatre tour which begins in February ‘Dr Michael Mosley – Trust Fast Health’. What format will it take?

“I am going to be sharing some of my experiences making award winning television series with people like David Attenborough, Jeremy Clarkson and John Cleese.

“I will also be talking about how I got interested in intermittent fasting, how I came up with the 5:2 diet and what I have learnt over the last 6 years about ways to maximise your health.”

Will there be any audience participation, storytelling, health advice, demonstrations, or any special visual effects?

“The audience will be invited to submit questions. I will also be doing a “True or False” myth busting section, in which I will invite the audience to vote on a show of hands.

“There will be lots of stories, health advice, clips from some of my shows and some demonstrations.”

What are you most looking forward to when you tour?

“I am looking forward to meeting and talking to the audience. Most of the time I broadcast, talking into a camera. I look forward to doing this live.”

For many of us as we get older, a particular problem is having the energy we used to have when we were younger. Do you have any advice about how to feel more energetic and keep in good health?

“I have lots of the latest scientific advice on how to eat well, keep your weight down, sleep better and reduce stress, all of which will keep energy levels up and help you maintain good health.”

Which foods would you recommend are the key to a healthy diet? And how can you enjoy them and make them appetising to eat?

“I am a huge fan of the so-called Mediterranean diet, one which is rich in olive oil, oily fish, nuts, eggs, vegetables and fruit. It even allows wine with your evening meal. It is not pizza and pasta based diet we now associate with the Med.

“There is lots of evidence, which I will go into, showing how the Mediterranean diet reduces depression and helps keep your brain, as well as your body, young. There will be a range of my books available, all of which contain lots of Med-style recipes. I will also be demonstrating some menus.

“You can find out more at thebloodsugardiet.com

Keeping a positive attitude and feeling happy can often be a problem as we get older, with some of us suffering from depression, worries and stress. Can you advise on how best to cope with these issues? And how can a healthy diet and lifestyle can help?

“As I mentioned, eating a Mediterranean style diet has been shown to reduce stress and depression. Exercise is also a great way of doing the same, and I will be demonstrating the best and easiest sorts of exercise for different age ranges.

“Finally I will be giving a number of mindfulness tips.”

How important is it to take regular exercise? And what would you recommend are the best activities to try?

“It is really important to do a mix of aerobic and strength building exercises most days of the week. Walking is great, but it has to be done briskly.

“I recommend, as a starter, trying Active 10, which you find details on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk.”

As we get older, the onset of Alzheimer’s can be a concern? What foods and lifestyle would you recommend to help prevent it?

“The things which have been shown to keep Alzheimer’s at bay include eating a Mediterranean style diet, doing regular exercise, taking up new social activities (like dancing) and keeping your weight down.

“In the talk I will be presenting other more surprising ways to keep your brain young.”

Over the years you’ve made some fantastic programmes, what have been your favourites, and why?

“My favourite was the Horizon, “Eat, Fast, Live Longer” because it inspired me to lose 10kg, create the 5:2 diet and reverse my type 2 diabetes, without medication.”

Have you met anyone who has inspired you and given you good advice that has helped you in your work and research?

“Down the years I have met lots of people who have inspired me. One I would particularly like to thank is Professor Mark Mattson of the National Institute on Ageing who pointed me to the benefits of intermittent fasting.”

How do you relax when you are not working?

“I go on walks with my wife and meet up with friends.”

Do you have any interesting hobbies or pastimes?

“I am a member of an all male book club. We meet regularly to talk about books and share ideas.”

If you were on a desert island, what ten things would you bring to help you survive and make the best of things?

“I would bring the following items:

A large plastic tarpaulin to shelter under and collect rain

A bucket to collect the rain

A fish hook to catch fish

A strong plastic line to attach the fish hook to

A frying pan to cook the fish

A spear to defend myself and to try to catch food and cut it up

A bow and large supply of arrows (I would have to practice}

A large mirror for signalling to passing ships and for lighting fires

A big ball of string

A solar powered kindle with lots and lots of preloaded books.”

What are you working on at the moment, do you have any new books or television programmes in the pipeline?

“I have a new book called, The Fast 800, being published in January, which contain all I have learnt about diet and nutrition over the last six years.”

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

“I am 61 and therefore a proud member of Sixtyplusurfers.

“Now is the time when you can begin good habits that will keep you in good shape for the rest of your life.”

Dr Michael Mosley – Trust Fast Health Tour will be at theatres around the UK from 2nd February.  

For tour and ticket information please go to www.michaelmosley.co.uk

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There’s FAB-U-LOUS news for Strictly fans across the country as it’s announced that all four TV Judges will join the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour. Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli will star alongside Head TV Judge Shirley Ballas – who makes her debut on the live extravaganza – for 29 supersized sparkle-filled shows fox-trotting around the country in January and February.

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