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Should you try the 5:2 Diet?

Should you try the 5:2 Diet?
Nowadays people are not willing to use traditional methods of weight loss, instead they look for quick fixes such as fad diets that they inevitably fail to lose weight on.

The latest weight loss craze is the 5:2 Diet, which involves you fasting for 2 days of the week.

Yet despite its rising popularity, fasting is certainly not a new concept as fasting has been used in some cultures for centuries, such as Ramadan or Lent for example.

Lets look a little closer at the 5:2 Diet to see if it is just another fad that will quickly lose popularity or whether it is as effective as it is claimed to be.

What is the 5:2 Diet?

The 5:2 Diet was created by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer who wanted to show the world the power of intermittent fasting.

The diet works by severely limiting your calorie intake for 2 days of the week, 500 calories for woman and 600 for men.

For the remaining 5 days you are allowed to eat a normal diet.

One of the main attractions of this diet (apart from the weight loss obviously) is that it is quite flexible as you do not need to fast on consecutive days, nor do you have to stick to the same schedule.

This is beneficial as sometimes you may want to change your fasting day in order to go out for dinner for example.

What are the benefits of the 5:2 Diet?

It is claimed that reducing your calorie intake for those 2 days should help you to lose at least a pound of weight a week.

Yet this is not the only benefit as it is also claimed to help improve your mental focus by stimulating catecholamines, plus your risk of suffering from diabetes and other conditions is also reduced.

Are there any risks with the 5:2 Diet?

As with any diet that restricts your calorie intake you may find that your hunger cravings may be uncontrollable leading to binge eating.

If you are going to fast for an extended period of time then you may also find that your metabolism will slow too, which will limit the amount of calories you burn plus will cause an increase in the production of cortisol that in turn can lead to increased stress levels.

You may also find that an extended fast may result in your body not receiving the nutrients it needs to be healthy. This can lead to health issues such as fatigue, headaches, hypoglycaemia and anaemia.

The major problem with the 5:2 Diet however, especially if you want to lose weight is that if you are unable to control your diet on the ‘feast days then you are unlikely to lose weight.

Though the diet states a ‘normal’ diet should be eaten this does not mean you can eat whatever you like, a little moderation is need to ensure you still see an overall calorie deficit for the week.

Eating a lot of junk food will surely ruin any hope you have of reaching your goals.

In conclusion

It looks like the 5:2 Diet is going to be here for a while, as it does not look like a typical fad diet.

If you want to lose weight with this diet however you can have the occasional treat but as with any successful weight loss attempt you should ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Protein is also an important food source as this can help to keep you full for longer than normal, and you will find that your energy levels will stay constant.

Just remember there are no quick fixes for weight loss, put a little effort in now and experience the benefits for a lifetime.

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