There has been much buzz about the latest diet craze, the 5:2 diet.
This diet has been researched since 1930 and was recently documented by Michael Mosley on BBC’s Horizon programme.
So, we thought we’d give it a go – Vital Nutrition style.

The idea is that for 2 days a week (which don’t have to be two consecutive days), you eat a very low calorie diet and the rest of the time you eat a healthy, Mediterranean style diet. While long term low calorie diets can make you prone to weight gain, the 5:2 style of dieting

After talking about it on U105 with Carolyn Stewart yesterday, we have decide to take on the 5:2 challenge for 4 weeks and see how we get on.

Just before you start, there are some people for whom this diet is not recommended, so if you are type 1 diabetes, have an eating disorder, are under 18 or pregnant, or if you are already lean – stop right there.

If you are up for the challenge, here’s the low down…

For 2 days a week (any days you like) – eat just 600kcals

Hints & Tips to keep you motivated:

  •  If you have any medical conditions, check with your GP before taking on the 5:2 diet challenge.
  • Use an app like myfitnesspal to record what you are eating so that you have an idea of the calories in your food.
  • Don’t get too fanatical about the diet – remember, i’s just for 2 days a week – if it doesn’t suit you – stop!
  • Eat a protein rich diet on your 2 days to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  • If you get hungry, munch on some raw veg like carrot sticks, celery or peppers to keep you going.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Limit your exercise on the low calorie days to walking or gentle exercise – don’t overdo it!

It’s Day 1 for me on the 5:2 challenge and here is what my diet will look like today – I’ll let you know how I get on…

Breakfast

1/3 pot of Yeo Valley low fat natural yoghurt with 1 cup berries and a green tea (160kcals – calculated using myfitnesspal app)

Lunch

I’m planning on having half an avocado with rocket and a tablespoonful of cottage cheese (190kcals)

Dinner

Steamed haddock with homemade salsa verde (herby sauce) and lots of curly kale (290kcals)

TOTAL KCALS

640kcals today

It is important to check with your GP before embarking on a diet if you have any medical problems or are on any medication.