Does the 5:2 Diet Really Work?
If you are like me then you have tried every diet trend and weight loss craze going. However, no matter what I have tried in the past, I have either not stuck with it or I have not seen the results I wanted.
The 5:2 diet (or the fast diet) is the latest dieting fad that has swept weight loss wannabes everywhere, including me. After doing a bit of research and reading a few articles on the diet it immediately peaked my interest and I wanted to know more.
I had a holiday booked for mid-June and wanted to try the latest thing which claims to shift those niggling pounds sharpish, so I turned to the 5:2 diet. For those of you that have not heard about this new fasting diet, the premise is that you essentially fast for any two days of the week, reducing your calorie intake to 500 for women and 600 for men, while the other five days of the week are spent eating what you want.
While reducing my calorie intake to less than the recommended daily amount sounded next to impossible, I thought I would give it a go. After all, the elusive beach body for my holiday wasn’t going to come easy.
My daily diet consisted of a banana for breakfast, soup for lunch with a very low calorie diet shake and a healthy evening meal. While this may sound impossible it is actually quite simple, you would be surprised how many really low calorie alternatives there are out there. I have been doing this fasting diet for about two weeks now and although I struggled at first with the reduced calorie intake, I was soon quite happy to consume less and as expected the weight began to steadily come off.
One thing that would keep me going when I would feel a little hungry between meals was just reassuring myself that I could eat whatever I wanted over the next few days. I found that spacing the fast days out worked particularly well. So for example try your first fast day on a Monday and then the second fast day on a Thursday.
I did try and have a fast day on a weekend but I found that much more difficult as temptation was far too easily accessible, whereas in work or school you have a strict time to eat and not to eat, which helped with a diet like this.
In total I have lost around seven pounds in two weeks with more coming off every day. As I mentioned above, I am a seasoned dieter so I was glad to find a fad diet that was more than just hype and one that actually works. So long as you are able to eat sensibly on the five none fasting days, you too should be able to see the same results that I have enjoyed.
For more information on the 5:2 diet head on over to The Guardian site.
David is a big fan of exercise and losing weight in a healthy way. David enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit.