5:2 Diet-The Facts


Aug 27, 2012
Not since the Atkins Diet have we seen a weight loss programme such as the 5:2 Diet. It has become the most popular diet on the planet today. The 5:2 Diet is based on the basic principle of intermittent fasting for 2 days a week and a normal healthy balanced diet for the other 5 days. What is the 5:2 Diet? The 5:2 Diet became a sensation following a documentary shown on BBC2 entitled “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” which showed Michael Mosley lose up-to 20lbs in 2 months. His cholesterol and blood sugar decreased dramatically. Michael Mosley’s weight loss has been a major factor in making the 5:2 Diet a hit in UK. The structure of the 5:2 Diet is simple. It is advised to follow a 2 day “fasting” period (not consecutive) and a normal balanced diet for the other 5 days. The maximum calorie intake for the 2 day fasting period is 600 calories. In this article, we will explore the 5:2 Diet in more detail and why it has become so popular. Why has the 5:2 Diet Become So Popular? The 5:2 Diet, or otherwise known, as the “Fasting Diet”, is popular for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it has a simple structure and fasting days are not consecutive. The fasting days can be on any day during the week then you can revert back to a normal healthy-balanced diet. Promoters of the 5:2 Diet say that as the fasting days are not together, you’re not depriving yourself of your favourite foods. With other diets, it can be a shock to the system to completely change your lifestyle and the 5:2 Diet tries to avoid that. Secondly, celebrity endorsements have been a key factor to its success. Celebrities such as Megan Fox and Jennifer Aniston have used the 5:2 Diet for their weight loss regime and this has quickly been picked up by magazines and websites. The Critics Whilst there is evidence to support the 5:2 Diet’s claim that it lowers the risk heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers, there are some concerns about the diet’s impact on the body. The NHS has confirmed that there is little evidence that the 5:2 Diet has a large impact on weight loss and its overall effectiveness. It advises that anybody wishing to go on the 5:2 Diet should seek medical advice first. There is also concern that intermittent fasting can become addictive and create longer term fasting which can lead to an eating disorder. Whilst it encourages nutrition and daily food consumption, there is some concern that it could potentially lead to this problem. Is the 5:2 Diet Genuine? Nutrtionists and the NHS have confirmed that the 5:2 Diet has limited effectiveness on weight loss and does not provide additional benefit in comparison to a standard weight loss diet. On the other hand, it has been said that it lowers the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Intermittent fasting creates hormesis which allows the body to cleanse and detox. The 5:2 Diet has been hit like Atkins because it is easy to follow and heavily endorsed buy magazines and celebrities. With any diet, its important to do your homework and seek medical advice before starting. Incoming search terms: yhs-per_001