The 5:2 Diet - What's all the fuss about?
Ever since Michael Mosley's programme on alternate day fasting (or intermittent fasting as it's also known) was aired in the summer 2012 the '5:2 diet' has dominated the health sections of newspapers and magazines. Several celebrities have admitted to being fans. Phillip Schofield announced it on air. Benedict Cumberbath told the Sunday Times he was following it - ‘I am on the 5:2 diet. You have to, for Sherlock’' and there are even rumours that Beyoncé and Christie Turlington are giving it a go.
So what's it all about?
The premise of the diet is very simple - you eat a 'normal' diet five times a week and on the other 2 days (not concurrent days) you eat no more than 500 or 600 calories, depending on whether you're male or female.
As well as being 100% vegetarian friendly the beauty of this diet is that it can easily fit in with your life. You can still go out for a meal once a week, or order a takeaway (within reason) as long as you eat carefully on two days.
Some people spread their reduced calorie allowance throughout the day while others eat nothing for breakfast and lunch and then eat a 500/600 calorie evening meal. In the original Michael Mosley programme he suggested that doing the latter is more beneficial to health because of the effect on the body of a 12 hour fast but you can still see significant weight loss if you spread your calories.
To find out more about the health benefits and calorie spreading we really recommend you purchase Kate Harrison's 5:2 book. Kate has expanding on the information available in Michael Mosley's programme and done a lot of research into the benefits of alternate day fasting.
In her book Kate - a vegetarian - reports on her own experience of alternate day fasting - she lost 25 pounds and 2 and a half dress sizes! She also includes the experiences of other 5:2 dieters who are part of her popular 5:2 Facebook group. She's also brought out a recipe book, specifically for 5:2, which includes tasty low calorie options for you to try on your fasting days. And there are plenty of veggie options too!
Click on the images or links below to have a look at the books on Amazon.co.uk
And here's Kate herself, talking about the diet.
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