Yet another dieting trend, the 5:2 Fast Diet, has hit the playing field recently following a documentary for BBC’s Horizon series by Dr. Michael Mosley entitled “Eat, Fast and Live Longer.”
The programme focuses on this new diet and looks at how and why this particular weight-loss plan may be one of the few that actually works.
Can the new 5:2 fast diet really help you lose weight?
It is essentially a part-time diet that helps to re-boot your metabolism for two out of five days.
So, for five days of the week you eat normally, without restricting yourself, and for the other two days (non-consecutive days I might add), you restrict your calorific intake to just 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men; that is just 25% of your normal, recommended calorie intake.
The diet itself has taken the world by storm and experts are predicting that this type of eating plan could not only help you lose weight, but also prevent diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Diabetes and even Cancer.
Listen to Dr. Michael Mosley talk about the 5:2 diet below:
Does the 5 2 diet work?
Apparently, it does. Testimonials from people following the diet are all extremely positive and research into the concept is showing more and more benefits every day. By jump-starting your metabolism you help it work to its optimum, making your body far more efficient and triggering the ‘repair’ response within the brain.
Of course, binge eating and junk food loading on your ‘feast days’ (that’s five days that you can eat normally) will obviously slow down any potential weight-loss, but it’s unlikely that you’d eat in excess of the calories you have reduced on your ‘fast days’, and most advocates of the diet have admitted that they end up naturally being more aware of what they are eating and reduce their portion sizes inadvertently.
Pros and Cons
There are so many obvious pros to the 5:2 Fast Diet; aside from the potential health benefits of losing weight, there is also the potential to prevent age related diseases and vastly improve your overall health. The diet also helps to control your glucose and insulin levels, meaning that the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in greatly reduced.
The real beauty of this diet is its flexibility and the freedom that you have over what you can eat and when. You can chose your two ‘fast days’ to fit in with your own lifestyle, therefore eliminating the feeling of being restricted and leaving you far less likely to give up after a bad day.
There aren’t too many cons to the 5:2 Fast Diet either; in the early days you may experience a few headaches on your ‘fast days’ but this is most often a result of being dehydrated and can quickly be remedied by drinking plenty of water.
Is this diet for me?
It is pretty much for everybody; the 5:2 fast diet is recommended by health professionals for just about anyone, but particularly those that are looking to lose weight. Of course, there are some groups of people that shouldn’t try this type of diet such as Type 1 Diabetics and those that are particularly under-weight.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid dieting altogether and anyone who has an underlying health condition should consult their Doctor before starting. But, in general terms, the diet can be beneficial to just about everybody.