Lose a Stone in 21 Days viewers worry 800-calorie diet is ‘dangerous'

Viewers of Lose a Stone in 21 Days with Michael Mosley were left divided as many worried the 800-calorie diet he suggested could be ‘dangerous’.

Michael Mosley is a champion of the 5:2 diet, and claims to have reversed his Type 2 diabetes using an 800 calorie a day diet. 

With coronavirus being more dangerous for those who are overweight or who have diabetes, Michael enlisted some volunteers to take on the diet to see if they could shift the weight they had put on in lockdown. 

The recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men according to the NHS guidelines, but Michael’s diet claims that eating just 800 calories a day for eight weeks can help people shift an average of 20 pounds in weight. 

Viewers were left worrying that the diet could be dangerous, tweeting: ‘Wow! Now on tv in UK – a show “how to lose a stone in 21 days” on @Channel4 where they force people to consume only 800 calories for period of time. This is irresponsible & massive catalyst to develop eating disorders.’

Others added: ‘What is “lose a stone in 21 days,” why is trending, & how would anyone promote that? That’s drastic weight loss that would be dangerous for anyone, even overweight people who do need to lose a stone (or several). What’s more, it’s incredibly triggering to just see pop up?!’

Some were concerned it could be seen as a ‘crash diet’, yielding temporary results rather than a healthy lifestyle change.

They commented: ‘Lose A Stone in 21 Days is painful viewing. It promotes fad diets and quick fixes rather than a healthy relationship with food. At best, it is irresponsible.’

Others added: ‘Seems the key for “How to Lose a Stone in 21 Days” is to hardly eat. Wow! Who’d have thought. It doesn’t seem very healthy either physically or mentally to do that.’

Lose a Stone in 21 Days with Michael Mosley continues on Wednesday from 9pm on Channel 4. 

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