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I think the 5/600 calorie is relative to the actual startweight of person and good enough as a rough guide. An exact figure would probably take into account body type, start weight and goal and also include some data on energy expenditure over a normal day.
I think to maintain progress as weight drops, the allowance has to be reduced.
Lil wrote: I understood that 500 cals was roughly a quarter of the average TDEE. As mine is only just over 1600 cals I have stuck to 400 cals on fasting days for the last 2 or 3 years. 800 would be a feast! If I ever get to a weight where I don't want to lose any more I will up mine to 500 cals.
Yes I can confirm the idea that was presented to MM by one of the scientists was roughly a quarter of TDEE. I would suggest something in that order: low enough to be substantially less than halve of TDEE, but high enough to be able to do it comfortably for all these years to come.
In the original video, if the good doctor would've extended his multi-day fast for only a day or two longer, he would have experienced what many others have since discovered - the point where hunger "just disappears". The original book would likely have been very different.
The new book:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fast-800-combi ... el+Moseley
From the interesting kindle excerpt at Amazon.uk, the 800 is an adjustment with the idea that it could also be used as an every day limit for months at a time. But that requires calorie counting, doesn't it? Granted there are a fair number of useful things every faster should know before they start, but consider that an every other day full fast - that's zero calories - might accomplish the same thing. The devil's in the details.
The Kindle sample contains ample evidence of useful and necessary updates, so I'll look for the book when it becomes available in the US.