The 5:2 Intermittent Fasting Diet: The Key to Weight Loss is Not WHAT You Eat, but WHEN You Eat

Are you going to fast today? Chances are, you won’t. After all, who in their right mind would want to fast when our natural impulse is to eat.

Food is our most important source of energy, strength and pleasure. More importantly, it’s what allows us to stay alive. So, it seems there is no place for fasting in our modern lifestyles. However, food becomes a problem when we constantly have a lot of tasty and high-calorie food in front of us…

And the overeating cycle begins…

The reason for that is simple. When you eat, your brain gets a signal of pleasure and you feel satisfied. And if you love something, you want more of it! Especially if it’s cheap and easily available. So, we end up consuming more calories than our bodies actually need.

This repeats a few times a day, every week, for years and decades. It’s no surprise that this destructing habit ends up with us being overweight. Overeating eventually leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, blood pressure and a host of other disorders.

And what is the first thing any intelligent person starts thinking about when he or she wants to lose weight and fix their health? Of course, dieting. But before you start a new diet, here is an important piece of information that most dieters usually overlook…

Weight loss diets massively hit the mainstream in the mid 1980 when the obesity wave began to quickly escalate. At that time, many dieticians believed that fat was the main source of weight gain, so low-fat diets began to gain popularity in North America. If you’re old enough, then you can remember that food producers tried to make almost every product low fat, even cookies and ice-cream…

Guess what happened? The exactly opposite of what dieticians have been expected. Not only the obesity epidemic didn’t stop, but the number of overweight people dramatically increased during the low-fat craze.

But why? Scientists figured out that from 1985 to 1995, the average calorie consumption in the U.S. increased from 3100 to 3600 calories a day. And, while people actually ate less fat, they began to eat much more carbs, sugar and protein based foods. Calories eaten from fat decreased but was compensated with calories from other sources, so total calorie intake eventually went up. In other words, people were dieting, but still overeating!

Unfortunately, this lesson wasn’t learnt by the dieting community and soon another group of nutrients was blamed and banned – carbs. We saw how the new ‘low-carb’ trend started picking up steam in the late 1990s after the release of the Atkins diet. And again, despite the decrease in carbs intake, total calorie consumption increased during the decade and went from 3600 to 3900 calories a day. As result, Americans’ waistlines got even bigger than before and are still growing today.

So we have now over three decades of confirmation that WHAT you eat or don’t eat is not a key to weight loss. As you can see, the most important part of a successful fat loss formula is HOW MUCH you eat. This simple ‘secret’ may not look as simple and catchy as the “eat this and lose weight” promise, but it’s honest and, best of all, the only real solution to permanent weight loss and weight control.

Now you probably think…”I’ve heard this many times – to lose weight you need to restrict calories for weeks and even months. But I’m really tired of dieting, eating multiple small meals, counting calories and being hungry all time!”. Well, what if I told you that there was a way to “be on a diet” only few days a week and still get the results of an entire week of dieting? Would this change your mind?

Well, the good news is that this method of eating for weight loss already exists and has been used successfully by literally hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

It’s called the 5:2 Diet and here’s how it works…

As you know, your weight is determined by the number of days you eat fewer calories than you need to maintain your current weight. When you consume calories that are more than you need or equivalent to what you need to maintain your current weight, weight loss will not occur.

Do you want to lose half a pound of fat this week? If you need 2,000 daily calories to maintain your current weight, you’ll need to eat 1,750 calories less over the course of the week in order to lose half a pound.

Many traditional diet plans tell you how to reduce your calorie intake – by giving you rules to follow at each meal, every day. These rules take all the fun out of eating, though, and most people will give up on diets such as these because they are too restrictive.

Counting calories in order to lose weight can be too difficult – and it certainly isn’t any fun. A more realistic plan is to eat less food over the course of an entire week, not one day. By looking at the bigger picture, the guilt of occasionally splurging on burgers and fries is removed.

So, what’s the easiest way to reduce your calorie intake over the course of a week? There is an answer and it is very simple. You’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself…

All you need is to eat normally on most days of a week, with 2 non-consecutive days where you eat very little calories. Five days of the week you eat as normal, while the other two restrict calories to 500–600 per day.