It is called 5:2 diet. It looks like a strange one but after the explanation it is so easy to apply. It has hit the headlines and taken off a big way. This is a diet which I would sincerely suggest to all my friend who want to follow a diet and meanwhile are in love with food.
Because they can eat whatever they want for five days and for just two days they need to send their body in starvation mode. It is that part time diet which still allows to eat chocolate cake.
How can they send the body in starvation mode?
The simplicity of the diet and the fact you can eat pretty much what you like five days a week, are key to its popularity. 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 – 500 calories for women and 600 for men.
There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat and it is suggested that women can expect to lose about a 1lb a week on the diet with men losing about the same if not a little more.
The 5:2 and similar intermittent-fasting diets are said to be easier to follow than traditional calorie restriction. Fasting is a simple concept which appears to promote weight loss, although the hunger experienced can be a limiting factor for some. All the headlines for the 5:2 diet, and similar intermittent-fasting regimes, claim that calorie restriction may be linked with:
- Living longer
- Reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer
- Improving cholesterol levels and blood-sugar control, and be anti-ageing thanks to its possible effect on lowering levels of the hormone Insulin.
Is it for every one?
As with all diets, pregnant and breast-feeding women as well as diabetics on medication, should seek medical advice before embarking on a restricted eating programme. Furthermore, this sort of diet can be unsafe for teenagers and children, who are likely to miss out on crucial nutrients needed for growth and may be at risk of developing unhealthy eating habits. The diet may be tough especially at the outset. On fasting days some report feeling low in energy, having poor concentration and experiencing headaches and dizziness. If you do choose to follow the diet, make sure that your non-fast days are packed with nutritious options, including fruit, veg, wholegrains and lean protein such as chicken, fish, turkey and dairy foods.
Source credit: Melanie Brown Nutrition