The 5:2 Diet

If you’ve researched weight loss diets or have any interest in intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight, you’ve probably heard of the 5:2 diet. It sounds complicated but it’s really very simple and an effective way to lose weight.

It’s not for everybody but many people fall in love with this style of dieting because of the results they see and the health benefits they feel. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the 5:2 diet.

We’ll find out exactly what it is, how to do it, how much effort is involved, how to prepare, what food to eat, and answer some frequently asked questions.

What Is The 5:2 Diet?

​The 5:2 diet is simple to explain.  For 5 days a week you eat as you normally would, without having to think about it.  Then on the other 2 days you reduce you calorie intake to a quarter of your daily needs.  ​

​You can choose whatever days you want these 2 lower calorie days to be as long as you have at least one normal day in between them.

​It is important to note that on your "normal" days you should eat, well, normally.  You can't just eat anything you fancy or binge on junk.  ​

​You are unlikely to lose weight this way and may put on some weight instead.  

You have to eat like you aren't fasting at all.

The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is where you only eat during certain times and fast at other designated periods of time. For example, I currently follow a form of intermittent fasting that means I skip breakfast and lunch and then have a feeding window between 2pm-8pm. The 5:2 diet, however, is a little more hardcore that that.

​Summary: ​The 5:2 Diet is eating normally for 5 days of the week and then restricting your calories to around one meal for the other 2 days.  Low calorie or fasting days at the very least need one normal day of eating between them​.

​How Do You Do It?

Let’s clear up some confusion because the 5:2 diet isn’t exactly about eating whatever you want on five days and then nothing at all on two days.

On the five days, you simply eat normally without thought to calorie or food restriction. This doesn’t mean you go crazy and binge on cake, cookies, and cola all day long. But it also doesn’t mean you have to worry about something being ‘low-fat’ or ‘low-carb’ or ‘low-anything’.

If you want to have dessert after your dinner, have it. If you want to have a couple of bagels and an orange juice for breakfast, go for it. Don’t binge but don’t restrict.

On the two days, you actually do eat something. You just don’t eat that much. You restrict your calories big time. Women reduce their calories to 500 for the day. Men reduce their calories to 600 for the day. This is based on the rule of thumb that women, on average, require 2,000 calories per day to maintain their weight and men require 2,400 calories per day to maintain their weight.

There is no rule on when or what to eat on fasting days.

Many people approach th​eir fasting days by not eating for breakfast and lunch, then saving their calorie intake or meal for dinner.  This appears to be the easiest way to manage and prevents you going to sleep hungry.   Going to sleep too hungry can lead to poor sleep and sleep is certainly crucial for a healthy lifestyle.

You may find that leaving your meal to the evening works for you or you may find starting the day off with a small breakfast a better way to go.

​There are numerous ways you could deal with your fasting day.  Generally there are 3 patterns:

  • 1 large meal at dinner time
  • ​3 small meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 slightly bigger meals - lunch and dinner or breakfast and dinner.

​Since you only have a small amount of calories to play with, you may find that small and often works better for you or to forgo throughout the day and save them for the end of the day.

​Make sure you focus on nutritious, high protein foods that will help you feel full.

​Remember there is no correct way of doing it, you have to find what works for you.

​Summary: ​​There are many ways to complete your fast day ​​and no 1 way is gospel or correct. Experiment to find​ out what works best for you and stick to high protein nutritious meals to feel full.

​​How Much Effort Is Involved? 5/10

Most diets require you to restrict your calories every day. That gets difficult very fast. It’s the number one reason why people fall of the wagon.

Dieters become disillusioned and grumpy and hate the fact they haven’t had ice cream in two weeks, so they give up, binge, and go straight back to where they started.

Conversely, the 5:2 diet only has you restricting calories on two days of the week; and those two days are not back-to-back. On the other five days, you eat normally and shouldn’t worry about calories or whether you can have that extra slice of pie.

For that reason, I personally think the 5:2 diet requires very little effort. You’re just eating normally most of the time and restricting your calories drastically on two days.

​Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting is easier to follow than continuous calorie restriction (​1, 2).


Many proponents of the 5:2 diet recommend having the calories on the fast day in the morning, but I would have them in the evening so you can​ sleep and benefit from the improved focus during the day.

Why does your focus improve? Because your body is not expending energy digesting food, which makes you clear-headed.

However, the 5:2 diet might require more effort for you than me. Everybody’s different. I don’t mind fasting, particularly when I can eat what I want most of the time.

But many people might actually prefer just eating smaller meals every day or going low-carb or going paleo. The key is to actually experiment for yourself and find out how your body reacts.

Preparation

The first step to prepare for the 5:2 diet is to figure out what days will be your fasting days. I suggest choosing days where temptation to eat won’t be too high. Also choose days where you have stuff to do so you can distract yourself and use your new focus to get stuff done.

I would personally choose Monday and Thursday as my fasting days. You want to separate your fasting days by a couple of normal eating days to make it easier. Plus, you want to be able to eat pizza on Friday night and have a couple of drinks with friends on Saturday, right?

The next step is to set a goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Why do you want to lose it? Write it down. Your goal might be to lose 10 pounds to fit into a new dress or lose 50 pounds so you can play with your kids without getting winded. Whatever it is, write it down and refer back to it when you need motivation.

Next, you want to plan ahead. What foods are you going to eat on your fasting days? You only have 500 calories if you’re a woman and 600 calories if you’re a man. That’s not a lot so choose them wisely.

You should also plan when you’re going to eat those calories. Are you going to split them up? Are you going to have them at breakfast? Or at night? If you’ve already been through a number of diets, you probably know your body quite well and will know when is best to eat those calories.

If you don’t know your body too well, you’re going to have to go through some trial and error and experiment to find out what is best for you.

You also want to elicit the support of friends and family. Tell your spouse, your parents, your kids, your friends what you’re doing and why.

This will help them be supportive of your goals. The last thing you want is your spouse offering you pizza on your fasting day because they forgot you weren’t eating that day.

Make sure you have tons of water on hand. You want to stay hydrated and water can help you curb cravings.

​Summary: ​​Figure out which days you will fast and what you will eat that amounts to 500/600 calories. Decide whether you will eat one meal or split the calories throughout the day.

Rules

The great thing about the 5:2 diet is that there really aren’t that many rules. Diets that have pages and pages of rules have a really low adherence rate. It’s not practical. People will drop the diet if it’s two difficult to follow. So, the rules for the 5:2 diet simply boil down to this:

  • Eat normally five days of the week
  • Eat only 500 or 600 calories (depending on your gender) two days of the week.

The 5:2 diet is so simple it’s beautiful. That’s all you need to remember. I’ll answer some of your frequently asked questions in this guide but if you take just one thing away from this guide let it be those two bullet points. Then you will know how to follow the 5:2 diet.

​Summary: ​​The rules are simple.  Eat normally for 5 days and fast for 2 days with minimal calories. Make sure there is at least a normal day of eating between fasting days.


Pros Of The 5:2 Diet

  • You can eat what you want most of the time. Isn’t that really what we want from a weight-loss diet?
  • ​You only need to restrict calories two days out of the week. No need to restrict calories for weeks on end and feel miserable.
  • ​Once you get used to the hunger pangs (it might take a couple of weeks) the fasting days will be your most productive days because your body won’t be using energy to digest food. You’ll get way more done on your productive days.
  • It works. That’s the best benefit, right? You’ll actually drop the pounds super quick. You’ll be able to fit into that dress or show off those six-pack abs in no time at all.
  • It’s convenient. A lot of diets, especially the ones that restrict certain foods, are super inconvenient to fit into your life. The 5:2 diet, however, is simple and you can eat like a normal person most of the time.
  • You’ll save money. Seriously, think about how much dough you can save when you’re not eating two days out of the week. You could probably have enough money for a new car or a nice holiday by the end of the year.
  • ​More control. Being able to control how much you eat two days out of the week will have a strong impact on your ability to control yourself in other aspects of your life. It’s quite common to see your behavior improve as you won’t be so quick to act on impulse and you can think long-term.

Cons Of The 5:2 Diet

  • After depriving yourself of food, you might be inclined to overeat the next day.
  • Hunger pangs on the fasting days might result in insomnia and irritability.
  • ​Restricting food two days out of the week might lead to a deprivation of essential minerals and nutrients. Make sure you’re getting enough vegetables and monitor your body for any changes that might be due to imbalances.
  • ​You might have no focus or energy on the fasting days. This is a particular concern if you’ve never fasted before. My suggestion is to start off light. Get used to fasting by skipping breakfast and lunch. Once you can deal with that, you should give the 5:2 diet a go.
  • The 5:2 diet might exacerbate problems for those prone to eating disorders. If you’ve ever suffered from anorexia or binge-eating issues in the past, the 5:2 diet might incite those problems again.

Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

At the end of the day, the 5:2 diet is really just intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting has been an established practice in cultures all over the world for thousands of years.

It has many well established benefits and plenty of studies to back up its amazing health benefits (​​3).

It Is Easy To Follow

Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting is easier to follow than continuous calorie restriction (​​1, ​2).

Just As Effective As Calorie Restriction

It has also been shown to cause similar weight loss to regular calorie restrction too (​4).  So if you prefer fasting over calorie restriction or vice versus, you can expect similar results which is great for keeping your options open.

Reduces Insulin Levels & Improves Insulin Sensitivity

This same study also showed that intermittent fasting was effective at reducing insulin levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity.  On top of this studies have shown that dsifferent types of intermittent fasting can reduce insulin levels (5, 6, 7). ​

Potential To Reduce Seasonal Allergies & Asthma

One study looked at an alternate day fasting diet.  So one off, one on, one off etc.  This diet showed the potential on intermittent fasting to reduce seasonal allergies, asthma, menopausal hot flashes as well as reduce insulin resistance (8, 9).

One study found impressive results with both overweight and normal weight individuals who followed an alternate day fasting diet compared to a control group of overweight and normal weight individuals (10). ​

After 12 weeks of alternate day fasting, the fatsing group experienced:

  • A reduction in body weight by more than 5kg (11 pounds)
  • A reduction in fat by 3.5kg with no change to muscle mass.
  • A reduction in CRP levels (CRP levels are a marker for inflammation)
  • Decreased levels of leptin by 40% (Leptin regulates body weight and high levels are usaully found in overweight people making them prone to leptin resistance and thus the inability to feel full/not hungry).

Improved Focus, Energy & Clarity

Many people who fast find they experience improved focus, energy and clarity on the days they fast.  Of course this is anedotal ​but gives an additional reason to give it a go. 

​Summary: ​​Intermittent fasting has some impressive benefits including weight loss, fat loss, reduction in insulin sensitivity and the potential to reduce asthma and allergies.

5:2 For Weight Loss – Does It Work?

Yes, the 5:2 diet does work for weight loss when followed correctly.   How much you lose will depend on your current body fat level and how much you need to lose. If you’re very overweight, you might lose more than a pound a week on this diet. If you don’t have too much to lose and are already relatively lean, how much you lose can be quite a lot less. It also depends on your unique body and what you eat on your normal days. The goal to quality weight loss is losing fat steadily and consistently.

How Does It Work?

Simply put, the 5:2 diet is a calorie restriction diet with an intermittent fasting twist. You don’t eat low calories every day but because you’re eating drastically low calories on two days out of the week, your weekly calories are less than the amount of calories you burn. Added to this, intermittent fasting has many fat-loss benefits. That’s how the 5:2 diet works.

This is why it is important not to compensate for the fasting days by eating more on the non fasting days.

Intermittent fasting in this way therefore matches a calorie restrictive diet when total calories over the week are the same (​11).

As well as making sure you don't compensate on non fasting days for the calories you missed out on, you should also exercise too.  Intermittent fasting has been shown to be even more effective when it is combined with exercise (​12).

FAQ

How Should I Eat On Fasting Days?

If you’re a woman, aim to eat 500 calories on your fasting days. If you’re a man, aim to eat 600 calories on your fasting days.

These calories can be in one meal or spread out through the day. Some people like to have all of their designated calories at breakfast, others like to have all of the calories for dinner (like me). Some people like to split their calories up into two meals. Find out what works for you. As long as you stick to the calorie amount, you’ll be fine.

As for what foods you should eat on fasting days, make sure you have foods that contain protein because these are the most satisfying, will keep your fuller for longer, and will help preserve your muscle mass while you burn fat.

You should also eat lots of vegetables because vegetables are low in calories but high in essential minerals, nutrients, and fiber. Here are some examples of foods you could eat on your fasting days:

  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Tuna, Salmon, Tilapia
  • Broccoli, Caulifower, Beetroot, Carrots, Spinach, Peas

Should I Fast 2 Days In A Row Or Split The Days?

You could fast 2 days in the row if you’re a crazy masochist. But it is highly recommendED you split the days up. The 5:2 diet also stipulates to have at least one day between fast days too.​

I would fast on a Monday and Thursday. That way I have some normal eating days between the two fasting days. This will keep me sane and more likely to stick to the diet and experience less unwanted side effects (like not being able to sleep or feeling irritable).

Who Shouldn’t Fast?

Don’t fast if you fit any of these profiles:

  • Under 18-years-old
  • Have Type 1 Diabetes
  • Recovering from surgery
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Unwell or recovering from sickness
  • Have underlying medical conditions.
  • Underweight or suffering from an eating disorder.
  • Those who are on medications and uncertain about effects.

It is also worth noting that fasting may not be as beneficial to women as it is to men.  Some women found that following this type of eating pattern resulted in their period stopping.  It returned once they went back to regular eating.

Isn’t It Bad To Cut Calories So Drastically?

You’re only cutting calories drastically on two days. On the other five days you are eating normally. This results in a moderate calorie deficit if you look at it as weekly calories. This isn’t very drastic. Plus fasting has been proven to have many health benefits. In short, it’s generally not bad to have two low-calorie days a week.

What To Do If You Feel Uncontrollably Hungry/Unwell?

​The first few fast days that you experience will not be easy.  You may feel very hungry and you may feel a little weaker and tired than normal.

The best way to counteract this is to keep busy.  Being physically busy is easier than to sit and work at a computer for example.  I find that fasting on a day where I am doing manual work or out and about makes fasting easier to cope with.

After doing it for a while it will get easier.

It might be worth keeping a snack on hand just in case it gets too much and you feel you need a little pick me up.

If you feel unwell, you should eat something and stop the diet. You should also speak to your doctor to find out if you have any underlying medical conditions that preclude you from following the 5:2 diet.

This style of eating is not suited to everyone so don't feel like a failure if it just doesn't work for you.

Can I Exercise When I Fast?

Absolutely.  In fact intermittent fasting with the addition has been proven to be much more effective than just fasting on its own (​13).

It is probably best to keep it easy at first and not too strenuous so you can adapt to the fasting days.  You may even want to exercise on fasting days too.

You can still exercise as normal when following the 5:2 diet. One of the biggest questions I get around the 5:2 diet is whether you can exercise on the fast days.

I actually recommend that you do exercise on those days. But I have one modification: don’t do long steady-state cardio on fasting days.

Short bursts of anaerobic activities, like sprinting, cycling, jumping, lifting weights, will be very beneficial on your fasting days. They can help take your mind off any hunger you’re feeling and you will also burn more fat on an empty stomach.

My suggestion is to keep exercise short and sweet on your fasting days. You can do whatever your normal exercise is on the other days, but for fasting days, I would do a 20-30 minute workout that looks like this:

  • ~15 minutes of weight training. 5-8 reps of slow and controlled movements and compound exercises like bench press, squat, and pull-ups.
  • ~15 minutes of a couple of sprints alternated with fast incline walking.

How Long Can I Stay On The Diet?

As long as it’s working for you. If you love the 5:2 diet, experience loads of results, remain healthy, and don’t see many downsides, you can stay on the diet as long as you want.

Can You Follow The 5:2 Diet If You Already Have Food Restrictions?

Absolutely. The 5:2 diet has nothing to do with restricting certain foods. You can eat what you normally eat five days out of the week. Then on two days you only eat 500 or 600 calories of what you want.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a vegetarian, a vegan, or you need to eat gluten-free, the 5:2 diet can still work for you.

Meal Ideas/Recipes

What you decide to eat five days out of the week is entirely up to you. That’s the beauty of the 5:2 diet. But what should you eating on the fasting days when following the 5:2 diet? I’ve got you covered. Here are some meal ideas and recipes that I’m sure you will love.

This meal plan comes from GoodToKnow.com
  • Breakfast Spinach Omelette: 1 medium egg and 60g of fresh spinach = 94 calories.
  • Lunch Leek and Potato Soup =134 calories.
  • Dinner Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein = 170 calories
  • Snack Two satsumas = 42 calories

Following that meal plan on your fasting day will keep you just under 500 calories.

The next two recipes come from BBC Good Food

Spiced Chicken and Pineapple Salad = 176 calories

Ingredients:

  • 227g can pineapple in juice
  • 40g pack of cooked sliced chicken breast
  • 1 red onion
  • 90g of mixed leaf
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 small bunch of coriander
  • 1 tbsp of sweet chili sauce

Recipe:

  1. Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice. If in rings, chop into chunks. Mix with the chicken, onion, leaves, coriander and tomatoes, and divide between 2 containers if taking as lunch.
  2. For the dressing, whisk 2 tbsp of the pineapple juice, the red chilli, vinegar and sweet chilli sauce with some seasoning in a small jam jar or lidded container, and toss this through the salad before serving.

Mushroom, Spinach & Potato Pie = 215 calories

Ingredients:

  • 400g of baby spinach
  • 1tbsp of olive oil
  • 500g of mushrooms
  •  garlic gloves
  • 250ml of vegetable stock
  • 300g cooked new potatoes
  • 1 tbsp of grain mustard
  • 1tbsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 heaped tbsp of light crème fraîche
  • 2 sheets of filo pastry
  • 300g of green beans/broccoli, steamed

Recipe:

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Wilt spinach in a colander by pouring a kettleful of hot water over it.
  2. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry mushrooms on a high heat until golden. Add garlic and cook for 1 min, then tip in stock, mustard, nutmeg and potatoes. Bubble for a few mins until reduced. Season, then remove from the heat; add crème fraîche and spinach. Pour into a pie dish and allow to cool for a few mins.
  3. Brush filo with remaining oil, quarter sheets then loosely scrunch up and lay on top of pie filling. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Serve with vegetables.

Taken from BBC Good Food Site​

Here’s another great recipe that makes a nice dinner. I got this recipe from Marie Claire and think it’s perfect for those who want to eat their calories in the evening as a form of a big dinner. This meal is very satisfying: 

Spicy Mexican Bean Burgers = 459 calories

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large red chili
  • 2tsp Mexican spice mix
  • 11/2 x 400g tins of mixed beans
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 75g low fat feta cheese
  • 80g of halloumi cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 granary burger bun
  • 1tbsp gaucamole
  • 10g rocket leaves
  • 1 sliced  tomato

Recipe:

  1. Spray a non-stick frying pan with a little 1-cal cooking spray. Add the onion and spring onions, season with salt and pepper and fry over a low heat for about 5 minutes, until softened but not coloured.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and Cajun spice, then fry for 2–3 minutes. Tip into a bowl, add the beans and roughly mash.
  3. Leave to cool slightly, then add the egg, breadcrumbs, coriander and lime juice. Season well, then mix to combine. Gently stir in the crumbled feta.
  4. Wet your hands lightly, then shape the mixture into 4 large patties. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium. Spray a little more cooking spray in a grillproof frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the burgers and fry for 3–4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Top each burger with a slice of halloumi, then cook under the grill for 3–4 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and melted.
  6. Serve in toasted buns topped with guacamole, rocket leaves and sliced tomatoes, if desired.

Recipe from Marie Claire


5:2 Diet Results And Success Stories

If you want to get a glimpse into how powerful the 5:2 can be, all you need to do is check out some of the amazing success stories over at the Fast Diet forum: https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/forum/soul/before-and-after/

Here are a few of my favorites:

This meal plan comes from GoodToKnow.com:
  • Breakfast – Spinach Omelette: 1 medium egg and 60g of fresh spinach = 94 calories.
  • Lunch – Leek and Potato Soup =134 calories.
  • Dinner – Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein = 170 calories
  • Snack – Two satsumas = 42 calories

Following that meal plan on your fasting day will keep you just under 500 calories.

The next two recipes come from BBC Good Food

Spiced Chicken and Pineapple Salad = 176 calories

Ingredients:

  • 227g can pineapple in juice
  • 40g pack of cooked sliced chicken breast
  • 1 red onion
  • 90g of mixed leaf
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 small bunch of coriander
  • 1 tbsp of sweet chili sauce

Recipe:

  1. Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice. If in rings, chop into chunks. Mix with the chicken, onion, leaves, coriander and tomatoes, and divide between 2 containers if taking as lunch.
  2. For the dressing, whisk 2 tbsp of the pineapple juice, the red chilli, vinegar and sweet chilli sauce with some seasoning in a small jam jar or lidded container, and toss this through the salad before serving.

Taken from BBC Good Food Site


Here’s another great recipe that makes a nice dinner. I got this recipe from Marie Claire and think it’s perfect for those who want to eat their calories in the evening as a form of a big dinner. This meal is very satisfying: 

Spicy Mexican Bean Burgers = 459 calories

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large red chili
  • 2tsp Mexican spice mix
  • 11/2 x 400g tins of mixed beans
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 75g low fat feta cheese
  • 80g of halloumi cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 granary burger bun
  • 1tbsp gaucamole
  • 10g rocket leaves
  • 1 sliced  tomato

Recipe:

  1. Spray a non-stick frying pan with a little 1-cal cooking spray. Add the onion and spring onions, season with salt and pepper and fry over a low heat for about 5 minutes, until softened but not coloured.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and Cajun spice, then fry for 2–3 minutes. Tip into a bowl, add the beans and roughly mash.
  3. Leave to cool slightly, then add the egg, breadcrumbs, coriander and lime juice. Season well, then mix to combine. Gently stir in the crumbled feta.
  4. Wet your hands lightly, then shape the mixture into 4 large patties. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium. Spray a little more cooking spray in a grillproof frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the burgers and fry for 3–4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Top each burger with a slice of halloumi, then cook under the grill for 3–4 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and melted.
  6. Serve in toasted buns topped with guacamole, rocket leaves and sliced tomatoes, if desired.

Recipe from Marie Claire

5:2 Diet Results And Success Stories

If you want to get a glimpse into how powerful the 5:2 can be, all you need to do is check out some of the amazing success stories over at the Fast Diet forum: https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/forum/soul/before-and-after/

Here are a few of my favorites:

​“Size 12 to size 6/8 in 10 weeks!”

10 weeks in, 23lb down (10st to 8st 5lb) and very happy! Feel so much more confident in my own skin and for the first time in my life it has been hard earned (other times I’ve weighed this much have been through depression and/or anxiety)...It really works! Good luck and keep going everyone.

https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/size-12-to-size-68-in-10-weeks/​​​​

​“15 weeks later… 10kg lighter!"

Today is a happy one for me, I have now lost 10kg since I started the fast diet. I started the 9th of November, so I worked out that makes it 15 weeks, but it should be more like 12 because I had a week off for exam week and I didn’t do any fasting over Christmas for two weeks...

It shows how much fasting actually changes your eating habits that during these weeks “off” I didn’t put on any weight, I just stayed the same.

https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/15-weeks-later-10-kg-lighter/

​“From Skinny-Fat with Prediabetes to Skinny-Skinny with optimal glucose control”

Just wanted to share my story of how the 5:2 helped me get my health on track. I’m 37 with a family history of diabetes and dementia. I have PCOS but have never considered myself at risk for diabetes because my labs have always been great, and I’ve always been thin with a BMI between 20 and 21. I had a stressful year and gained 5 pounds, mostly around the middle (weighed 127 at 5’6). A life insurance exam showed that my HbA1c was 5.6, with a fasting glucose of 105 mg/dL (equivalent of 5.8 mmol/L for all you guys in the UK). This put me in the category of prediabetic.

I resolved to do something about it and started the 5:2. My goal was not to lose a certain amount of weight, but to be healthy again. So I bought a glucometer and starting tracking my glucose. Sure enough, it came in at slightly over 100 every morning. After a couple weeks on the 5:2, I started getting readings in the 90’s. Now, 3 months later and 10 pounds lighter, I have optimal glucose readings (in the 70s every morning). I switched to 6:1 a couple of weeks ago and am feeling great with no issues maintaing so far. I don’t crave carbs the way I used to, and the one fasting day each week is so easy. I have to hold back from telling everyone about this diet!

https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/from-skinny-fat-with-prediabetes-to-skinny-skinny-with-optimal-glucose-control/

Where Can I Find Out More?

There are a bunch of fantastic resources for the 5:2 diet. Be sure to check out my following recommendations if you want to learn more.

Websites And Forums

The Fast Diet Forum–This is where you can learn more about the 5:2, see success stories, ask questions, and interact with other followers of the diet. https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/

The Fast Day Forum – This is another great forum for anyone interested in the 5:2 diet or intermittent fasting. https://forum.fastday.com

The 5:2 Diet Plan – This is a blog that explores the long-term effects of the 5:2 diet. There are a lot of gold posts stuffed with great information here. http://www.the52dietplan.com

The 5:2 Diet Facebook Forum – This is the best Facebook forum on the subject of the 5:2 diet. https://www.facebook.com/52fastdiet/

Books/Ebooks

​The Fast Diet

​Mosley and Spencer

This is the best book on the subject of the 5:2 diet. If you’re going to take this diet seriously, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book so you can understand exactly what you’re doing. 
the fast diet

​5:2 Diet Recipes

​Gina Crawford

This cookbook is bursting with delightful recipes that will help make your 5:2 diet super simple.

the fast diet recipes 5 2

​5:2 Recipes Book

​Diana Clayton

This is another great source of fantastic recipes to help you during the 5:2 diet.

5:2 diet recipe book

​​The Fast Diet

​​​Mosley and Spencer

the fast diet
This is the best book on the subject of the 5:2 diet. If you’re going to take this diet seriously, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book so you can understand exactly what you’re doing. 

​​5:2 Diet Recipes

​Gina Crawford

the fast diet recipes 5 2

​This cookbook is bursting with delightful recipes that will help make your 5:2 diet super simple.


​​5:2 Diet Recipes

​​​Diane Clayton

5:2 diet recipe book

​This is another great source of fantastic recipes to help you during the 5:2 diet.


​All these ​can be found on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

​Wrapping Up

5:" diet is considered a fad diet but in this case it doesn't mean it is bad. In fact it has been proven to work.

You’ll either love the 5:2 diet or you’ll hate it. You won’t know until you try it. But one thing is for sure: the 5:2 diet is very simple and easy to follow. It also works!

Remember, all you have to do is eat normally for five days of the week and eat 500 or 600 calories on your two fast days. Good luck!