Anyone who has tried the 5:2 diet and stuck to it will know the amazing and near immediate benefits it can have on your body and mind. For those of you who are new to the latest big trend in dieting, 5:2 is a based around the concept of eating what you want for five days out of the week and then sending your body into starvation mode for the remaining two days.
One of the reasons the diet has become so popular is because it basically allows you to eat whatever you want for those five days of the week and how many diets can claim to let you eat all the ice cream and cake that you want whilst still seeing benefits?
The practice of fasting is one that has been around for a long time, whether used in religious practice or protests. But it was only in 2013 that a new idea of fasting was introduced, intermittent fasting. It has since become a widespread success and is even being regarded as a weight loss wonder. Imagine if you have struggled to stay consistent with diets that really limit what you eat every single day, any slight slip up can make you inclined to give in to it altogether. Therefore the idea of eating whatever you usually do for five days of the week makes this diet one that is not only much more inviting but also one that is much more realistic to the average person.
Dieters are advised to consume a normal amount of calories on their days off, no more than they normally would and you don’t have to particularly cut back on what you eat unless you are usually way over the recommended number of calories. Then on the remaining two days, which don’t have to be consecutive, you can only eat 500 calories is you are a woman or 600 calories if you are a man. The results speak for themselves though and you can expect to lose around 1lb a week or even more depending on how much weight you have to lose.
Another great incentive of the diet is that you can eat whatever you want on your fast days providing you don’t go over the calorie count. Of course what you will soon realise is that if you don’t replace unhealthy foods with fruits and vegetables then you aren’t going to be eating very much at all throughout the day! To keep you on the right track of getting the most out of the limited calories, here is a list of some smart meal options,
A boiled egg and asparagus (90 calories)
Yoghurt, plum or nectarine and almonds (264 calories)
Beetroot soup with crème fraiche (116 calories)
Mozzarella salad with spinach (159 calories)
A fillet of salmon with slices vegetables (327 calories)
Vegetable stir-fry with chicken (320 calories)
Turkey burgers with fresh salsa and corn on the cob (333 calories)