Everyone’s talking about the 5:2 diet at the moment. Also known as the Fast Diet, Intermittent Fasting and other things.
It became an overnight sensation after the BBC Horizon documentary in which Dr Michael Mosley demonstrated how he lost 14lb over several months, 25 per cent of his body fat – and dramatically lowered his cholesterol. Unlike many or even most diets – this one is followed by as many men as women and celebrity fans are believed to include Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Beyoncé, Christie Turlington, Philip Schofield and randomly Kate Middleton’s uncle!
It’s not all about losing weight, there are other health benefits – more on that later – and it can help you re-evaluate what you eat and make you healthier through a greater awareness of what you’re consuming.
How does it work? On two non-consecutive days you limit your calorie intake to a quarter of their normal level: 500 calories for women and 600 for men.
Most people on the 5:2 have all these calories in one go; either at breakfast or dinner time.
The authors estimate that so long as you don’t overeat on your normal days you should lose around a pound a week but also see improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity.
If you’re over 18 and are thinking of giving it a go, you might feel in need of a sweet treat but with most snacks you might fancy the calorie content is too high.
Remember, our small natural yogurt is less than 95 calories and contains all the goodness of milk.
Let us know how you get on!