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The Official 5:2 Diet

Is it possible to eat well, most of the time, and get slimmer and healthier as you do it?

With the Fast Diet it is!

This revolutionary new approach to weight loss really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men).

Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Dr Michael Mosley, the medical journalist who first alerted the world to the Intermittent Fasting phenomenon, presents the fascinating science behind the 5:2 diet. Mimi Spencer, award-winning food and fashion writer, explains the practicalities of how to go about it.

The Fast Diet also includes a calorie counter, full colour section, and a whole section of Fast 500 and Fast 600 menu plans which will enable you to incorporate this groundbreaking weight-loss system into your daily life.
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Alinshearahbanned 1 Like #1
5:2 diet......? Presuming that version 5:1 didn't work then?
trinity4206 1 Like #2
Jokes apart, this diet really works. And there is ample science behind it too. For those interested, there was a BBC Horizon programme called 'eat less and live longer' if my recollection is right. It may still be available on YouTube or some similar site and would whole heatedly recommend you watch it before you trash this.
mooo 1 Like #3
I remember watching a TV documentry about this. Apparently it works. Might be worth trying.
nigelwill#4
Worked for me too, never been one to stick to a long term diet, which doesn't work in the long term anyway. Thought fasting would be tough, but found it easier than expected. You just need willpower on 2 days a week, not weeks on end. Lost 18 pounds in 4 weeks with 8 fast days. Book has some useful tips although I didn't use many of the recipes, just searched a few online food websites.
ramsdale126banned#5
Ordered, worth a try for £2.95
javea#6
Worked for me too.Just don't choose two consecutive days to diet
pamsie 1 Like #7
trinity4206
Jokes apart, this diet really works. And there is ample science behind it too. For those interested, there was a BBC Horizon programme called 'eat less and live longer' if my recollection is right. It may still be available on YouTube or some similar site and would whole heatedly recommend you watch it before you trash this.

The actual programme is called "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" and is worth watching. Definitely available on Dailymotion, not checked youtube.
benjammin316 1 Like #8
Eat less, do more. It's not too hard to comprehend.
golfho 2 Likes #9
benjammin316
Eat less, do more. It's not too hard to comprehend.


Type less, think more!
wendy07#10
of course you will lose weight if you cut around 2000-4000 + calories a week, which this diet does, of course you will lose weight.

they recommend not dieting on consecutive days.

you dont need a book to tell you the above. save your money..

Edited By: wendy07 on Aug 13, 2013 12:03
nix11#11
I have to say, I tried this and ended up gaining loads of weight! Perhaps there's a knack to it, but it definitely failed with me (and I stuck religiously to the fast days!)
nigelwill#12
I averaged 3-4 pounds a week, only did it for a month. So its more than the calorie deficit alone.

This is a link to the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lxyzc but just type "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" into Google to see the video.
zincalloy#13
My Mrs has just started this so the book will come in handy.

I'm quite tempted to give it a try myself.
chrisbass 2 Likes #14
I really connot believe people make money from this - you lose weight because you eat less!!! hold the front page!

you are overweight because:
a) you eat too much
b) you dont do enough exercise
c) both

if a - eat less
if b - exercise more
if c - do both!

i might write a book called the bleedin' obvious diet!
Mark2111#15
Do you really need a book to tell you to reduce your calorific/food intake for two days of the week?
nigelwill#16
Diet books are a billion dollar industry, and the best part is, they don't work long term. So create a new diet fad, and get people to buy your next book.

This BBC programme is worth a watch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03863jg/The_Men_Who_Made_Us_Thin_Episode_1/
aajax42 1 Like #17
If I remember correctly, Dr Mosley didn’t do this fasting to lose weight, but to reduce 'nasty’s' in his blood and body that could be life threatening, particularly as his family had a history of problems. The programme and fasting was about the potential to live longer. The weight loss was a potential bonus.
Worth watching the Horizon programme which acknowledged the science was still in its infancy.
Mark43 1 Like #18
chrisbass
I really connot believe people make money from this - you lose weight because you eat less!!! hold the front page!

you are overweight because:
a) you eat too much
b) you dont do enough exercise
c) both

if a - eat less
if b - exercise more
if c - do both!

i might write a book called the bleedin' obvious diet!

Yep, I did the bleedin' obvious diet exactly as you've described (c - do both) and worked for me, even managed to keep the weight off.

Having said that, this 5:2 diet doesn't sound like a terrible idea, but not sure why the book is needed, all the required information is in the original post.

Edited By: Mark43 on Aug 13, 2013 13:07
chrisbass 1 Like #19
Mark43
chrisbass
I really connot believe people make money from this - you lose weight because you eat less!!! hold the front page!you are overweight because:a) you eat too muchb) you dont do enough exercisec) bothif a - eat lessif b - exercise moreif c - do both!i might write a book called the bleedin' obvious diet!
Yep, I did the bleedin' obvious diet exactly as you've described (c - do both) and worked for me, even managed to keep the weight off.Having said that, this 5:2 diet doesn't sound like a terrible idea, but not sure why the book is needed, all the required information is in the original post.

yeah - i'm not knocking the diet but more the book, what can be in it? monday - dont eat as much, tuesday to wednesday eat normally, thursday dont eat as much, friday to sunday as you were! done!

I reckon I could string my book on longer than that!
Henvig 2 Likes #20
Sometimes the book, joining the diet group, getting together with a couple of friends is the 'trigger' to start. Given the strain on the NHS which is only getting worse due to obesity, trying something is better than doing nothing.

No one is unaware of the reasons they are overweight, but the additional health issues the fasting programme can assist with make this an attractive plan.

Good find OP, THANKS!!!

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