5:2 diet-A Bit About It
You would have heard about part time jobs but have you heard about part time diet? Yeah, there is such a diet and it is called 5:2 diet. In this post you will know what this diet is all about!
5:2 diet-what is it all about?
5:2 diet involves eating what you like 5 days a week and then sending your body to starvation mode for two days. This part-time diet that even allows you eat chocolate cake has been a sensation and has taken off in a huge way.
Fasting is a practice that has been around for years but it has created an upsurge when a doctor named Michael Mosley published ‘the fast diet’ book in january 2013. A similar version was released by the name ‘The 5:2 diet book’ by Kate Harrison. The general principles in both the books are the same but the recommendations vary.
Fasting is usually linked with religious rituals like how we fast during Navratri and other festivals. It also has a political connection when leaders fast for days together as a protest. 5:2 diet is one diet that links fasting with diet and weight loss. There has been a lot of hullabaloo about intermittent fasting but 5:2 diet seems like one attractive way to lose weight!
The diet is simple and you can eat what you like for 5 days a week. This makes it popular! The dieters are asked to have a ‘normal’ amount of calories 5 days a week and then for 2 non-consecutive days just eat 25% of the usual calorie total – which amounts to 500 calories for females and 600 for males.
There is no restriction on the types of food one can eat. The diet can help both men and women lose about half a kilo a week.
What experts have to say?
A health expert has the following to say about the 5:2 diet:
The 5:2 diet and the intermittent fasting diets are easier to follow than traditional calorie restriction. Fasting is a simple concept that promotes weight loss but the hunger experienced can be a major hindrance in such diets. 5:2 diet and intermittent diet claim the following:
- Increasing the quantity of life
- Reducing the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease
- Keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control
- Anti aging effects
However, more evidence needs to come to light regarding the benefits of such fasting diets. There is a clear need for long term human-based studies.
This diet just like all diets should be avoided by pregnant women, nursing mothers and diabetics. Such people should seek medical advice before starting a restricted eating programme. Also, this kind of a diet can be unsafe for teenagers as well as children who will miss out on essential nutrients that are needed for growth. They may even risk themselves into developing unhealthy eating habits. At the outset, the diet may seem to be tough. On the fasting days people report that feel low in energy, are unable to concentrate and are experiencing dizziness and headaches. If you choose to follow the diet, you need to make sure that the non-fast days are packed with nutritious options that include fruit, veggies, lean protein like fish, chicken, turkey and dairy foods and whole grains .
When you follow a low calorie diet , it is important to make every calorie work and this means that you need to choose nutritionally rich foods.
What do you feel about the 5:2 diet?
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