The 5:2 diet

by - April 08, 2019

The 5:2 diet involves eating normally for five days per week, then eat very little for the other two days.

This is a kind of intermittent fasting, but the term “fast” is quite misleading here. This is because a true fast will entail complete abstinence from food, but this type encourages eating, albeit in small quantities, and low calorie foods.

Also, the two days of fast do not have to be consecutive, e.g. you can fast on Monday, and schedule the next fast for Thursday.

The 5:2 diet was popularized by Michael Mosley, a British journalist and doctor. BBC journalist Kate Harrison also released her version titled “The 5:2 Diet Book”.

Dieters are recommended to consume a ‘normal’ number of calories five days a week and then, for two, non-consecutive days, eat just 25% of their usual calorie total. This type of dieting is considered easy and do-able by most, hence can be adopted as a lifestyle.

As with other forms of diets, it is important to check What you should eat and Drink as you fast and after fasting. Although the 5:2 diet is very flexible and not strict on what one eats, it is important to still play on the side of caution to achieve the best results.

Exercising during the 5:2 diet is highly encouraged as long as one is not seeing any ill effects whilst at it. But it is also good idea to avoid overly-vigorous activities and exercise during the “active" period of the fast.

Weight loss expectance is based on several factors, but if one checks all boxes, they can expect to lose a healthy amount of weight at a good amount of time.
If you do find that you’re not losing the expected amount of weight find reasons on This article.

Also, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the 5:2 quotation, and can vary the number of days to suit you and hasten effects for quicker results.

Just be sure to stay healthy and when in doubt, consult your doctor.
People who shouldn’t fast include pregnant and nursing mothers.

Also children and teenagers are not encouraged to fast as they may miss out on vital nutrients needed for their growth and development.

Intermittent fasting is a diet with wholesome health benefits that go beyond just weight loss. Other benefits include improving brain function, preventing weight gain, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, reducing insulin levels, asthma, seasonal allergies, hormonal hot flushes and more. It also improves cholesterol levels and is anti-ageing agent.

As earlier said, the 5:2 fasting is very sustainable for the long term, due to its easy and very flexible mode of practice. So even after you have achieved your desired weight goal, you may then adjust the diet to a 6:1 plan for maintenance.

Health is wealth, and an overweight body is definitely not a healthy one. If the 5:2 diet plan is for you, get with the program and start the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Ciao!

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