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Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley

Presenter Michael Mosley having a final weigh-in, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.
Courtesy of Roshan Samarasinghe
Presenter Michael Mosley having a final weigh-in, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.

Airs Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

British journalist and physician Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. In working toward these goals, Mosley discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods.

Presenter Michael Mosley contemplates his diet for the next three days – three instant soups.
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Presenter Michael Mosley contemplates his diet for the next three days – three instant soups.
Dr. Krista Varady, who studies Alternate Day Fasting, with presenter Michael Mosley.
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Dr. Krista Varady, who studies Alternate Day Fasting, with presenter Michael Mosley.
Presenter Michael Mosley having his final blood test, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.
Courtesy of Roshan Samarasinghe
Presenter Michael Mosley having his final blood test, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.

He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body’s “repair genes” and, of course, tries the new science himself. Mosley learns that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

The diet seems to pack the anti-aging clout of calorie restriction while still allowing for a taste of the good life. And it turns out to be not only good for the body; it may also be good for the brain.

“I have always been interested in self-experimentation as a research device because so many of the most important discoveries came from scientists and doctors who used themselves as test subjects,” Mosley says, “but I had never before performed a series of trials on my own health.”

He says that when routine blood work last year revealed troubling signs — including borderline diabetes and high cholesterol — his doctor recommended medications. “But I chose instead to seek out doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research into these problems, which so many others face as well, and use these specials to demonstrate the journey I took to find those solutions.”

This program was available for online viewing through September 7, 2013.

MORE MOSLEY:

KPBS originally aired this special in 2013 as part of a health, diet and exercise-focused science series that includes:

"Guts With Michael Mosley" - repeats Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at 11 p.m.

"The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley" originally aired in April 2013. The program will repeat on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 11 p.m.

"10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight" (no broadcast date)

Follow @DrMichaelMosley on Twitter. "The Fast Diet" is on Facebook, and you can follow @TheFastDietBook on Twitter.

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