It’s the diet that everybody is talking about, but what exactly is the 5:2 diet? Nutritionist Vicki Edgson talks us through this highly effective plan…

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The 5:2 diet consists of five ‘normal’ days, in which you eat whatever you want — in moderation! The remaining two days of the week are known as ‘fast days’. Fast days are simply a reduction in the amount of calories that you consume: the diet states it should be 500 calories and 600 calories for women and men respectively.

The diet encourages healthy eating and makes you stray from binging on food. There are many health benefits to the 5:2 diet, these include lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, regulation of blood sugar levels and, the reason that most people take up the food plan, weight loss. The 5:2 is also thought to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and has benefits for those suffering from PCOS and asthma.

On normal food days, try to avoid processed food, biscuits, cakes, bagels, muffins and anything with a high amount of sugar. These days are not an excuse to binge.

On a fasting day, 500 calories may not sound like a lot. In this video, Vicki gives suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner for both your normal and fasting days. Those practicing 5:2 should be sure to take multivitamins.

Vicki claims that this diet is suitable for anybody searching for a healthy lifestyle, seeking to lost weight or interested in longevity. The 5:2 is not, however, recommended for children, adolescents and elderly people. Additionally, it should be avoided if you are diabetic, planning a pregnancy, pregnant or suffering from serious heart disease.

If you are experiencing fatigue, it is important to know to stop. If excess weight has been lost, go back to a normal eating plan.

Research has shown that the 5:2 is both safe and successful. Many people have lost weight on this plan, as well as enjoying significant health benefits.

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