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…
1/3 pot of Yeo Valley low fat natural yoghurt with 1 cup berries and a green tea (160kcals – calculated using myfitnesspal app)
I’m planning on having half an avocado with rocket and a tablespoonful of cottage cheese (190kcals)
Steamed haddock with homemade salsa verde (herby sauce) and lots of curly kale (290kcals)
It is important to check with your GP before embarking on a diet if you have any medical problems or are on any medication.