What Is the 5:2 Diet?

When a new diet emerges every day, it can be hard to trust whether or not one will be effective for you. It is also challenging for many of us to stick to a diet plan. Wouldn’t it be easier if you were allowed to eat whatever you wanted and still lose weight? The 5:2 diet (somewhat) fits that description.

How Does the 5:2 Diet Work?

Originated in the UK by Dr. Michael Mosely, 5:2 is an intermittent fasting approach to dieting. For five days of the week, you eat a normally. On the other two days, you reduce your daily calorie intake by 75 percent. For women, that’s 500 calories; for men it is 600.

What Are The Benefits?

Many supporters of the 5:2 diet rave that it is easier to follow than a plan that has a strict calorie count day to day. Additionally, not only does 5:2 help you lose weight, but it promotes a long and healthy lifestyle. Other benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Reduced insulin levels
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Improved cholesterol levels

What Should You Eat on Fast Days?

While there is no official guide, you should eat food on fast days that will keep you full and energized. It is recommended that you either eat three small meals or two larger meals on those days. Food options to consider include:

  • Soup
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Grilled fish

Who Should Avoid the 5:2 Diet?

The 5:2 diet is a safe plan for healthy and well-nourished people. Avoid 5:2 if you are:

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Type I diabetic
  • A teenager or child
  • Underweight, or
  • Nutrient deficient

However, anyone interested in trying this diet should first consult with a doctor.

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