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The 5:2 Diet

Health And Fitness : Dieting Tips

Is the 5:2 Diet just another fad or a healthy diet plan which can help you lose the weight and keep it off?
Here is a guide and a low-down on the latest diet fad.

The Diet itself
This diet is a low calorie diet, where you fast for two days and eat normally for the other five days. The two day fast works on a calorie restriction. It is up to the dieter to decide how to divide their calories during the day. Men are
allowed 600 calories on the fast days, and women are allowed 500 calories. It is said to work because of 'intermittent fasting' and is said to let the pounds drop off. Researchers have said not only does this diet aid in weight loss
and fat-burning but can protect the brain against diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It is said to help with aging and youth. A documentary on BBC in 2012 by DR Michael J Mosley called Eat, Fast & Live Longer, started the trend of the diet. He went on the diet himself for 6 weeks.

It may seem crazy eating whatever you like for 5 days of the week, however doing this and then fasting for two of the days shocks the body out of storing fat, and the body is sent into repair mode.
To find out more you could watch the 'Eat, Fast, Live Longer' programme online to see more about it, or just research on google, where you can find some more information, as-well as recipes, reviews and tips.

With all diets, it is vital you check with a doctor before-hand.

Fasting Day Plans

Breakfast (Around 170 calories)
Lunch (Around 200 calories)
Dinner (Around 200 calories)

Ideas for Breakfast

Cheese and Tomato Omelette (170cal)
Mushrooms on Toast (180cal)

Ideas for Lunch

Salad (220 cal)
Salmon Pitta (190cal)
Soup (190cal)

Ideas for Dinner

Tiger Prawn Curry with Basmati Rice (250cal)
Vegetable and Lentil Stew (240cal)
Scallops with Pancetta and Leek (240cal)
Squash and Chorizo Stew (260cal)

By: Jade

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