The 5:2 Diet – Stop Dieting, The Key to Weight Loss is Not What You Eat…Just When You Eat It

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…

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 interesting 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 likely a key to weight loss.

As you can see, the most vital part of a successful fat loss formula is HOW MUCH you eat. This simple ‘secret’ may not look as sexy and catchy as the “eat this and lose weight” TV commercial, but it’s honest and, best of all, the really working 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 you’re told that there is 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?

The good news is that this method of eating for weight loss already exists and has been used successfully by 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 modern 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…

In fact, all you need is to eat normally for five-six days a week and only limit your calories the rest of the week. This style of eating, also known as intermittent fasting, was supported by a large body of scietific research and can give you the same (or even better!) weight loss results of constant dieting.

This is literally the only one rule of the 5:2 diet you have to follow. But it’s enough to finally forget about complicated and confusing rules of traditional diets that leave you no chance to prevent rebound weight gain.

If you go to your local magazine rack or diet/fitness section of the bookstore you’ll get dozens if not hundreds of diet and weight loss “rules” to follow.

It would be virtually impossible to follow them all. In fact if you actually tried to combine the weight loss rules in just a few of the more popular diets that have come out recently you’d quickly find out that there is in fact nothing you can eat at all that won’t somehow sabotage your weight loss and destroy you metabolism.

The confusion caused by the weight loss and food industry leaves most of us in a total fog with no idea what to do about losing weight.

Why Other Diets Fail

  • Too Complex: Most diets are just too complex and hard to follow with dozens of ‘rules’ they tell you to follow – the more rules a diet gives you the less chance you have to ever succeed
  • Rigid: Most diets leave out any options for flexibility to work around the ups and downs life will throw at you
  • Unrealistic: Asking you to give up your favorite foods and start eating strange new foods that you’ve never eaten and nobody around you will ever eat.
  • One Size Fits All: Most diets give you one standard answer without considering your personal needs. If you do enough reading in diet and fitness media you can no doubt find someone telling you that everything from milk, meat, fish, grains, and even fruit will somehow ruin your ability to lose weight and that you should avoid eating them.

This sort of confusion has to stop for you to truly lose weight and keep it off for good.

In fact, the answer to weight loss is much more freeing and less restrictive than you think. There are less rules than you think and real weight loss doesn’t have to feel like a prison sentence.

Why The 5:2 Diet is Different

  • Variety: All foods (including pizza, ice cream and chocolate) can be part of the 5:2 diet.
  • Flexibility: You don’t have to rearrange your life to lose weight, this diet will fit into your schedule.
  • Practicality: You’ll never have to eat special super foods or crazy cleanses or choke down bizarre food combinations.
  • Simplicity: We don’t give you a long list of do’s and don’t’s, instead there are just a few simple principles to guide all of your eating decisions.
  • Personalized: Working with your personal tastes and habits is what makes a diet work long term. What are you biggest questions, what do you really want to know, what confuses you, what angers you, what is holding you back from weight loss and what has worked for you.

With the 5:2 diet you can lose weight faster and easier than you ever thought and finally put the diet and weight loss confusion to rest once and for all.

The 5:2 Diet Reviews

The 5:2 diet method of weight loss is very interesting. I’ve been using it for six weeks – enough time to make a few conclusions. For this period I lost about 13 pounds. Of course, for some people this figure can seem too big, and for others it is too small, while I consider this result as a happy medium between the two. But it’s all up to you – if your weight loss seems too slow, then you can always try another diet program. Not every diet will be appropriate for everyone, and that’s important to remember as you research and try new things.

Alexa

 

After the birth of my baby I tried a lot of diets – some of them were “mono diets” where you can eat only one food – like rice or bananas or eggs and so on. However, this type of diet has some serious issues. Your body does not get all vital nutrients – food becomes boring – and the lost weight will almost always come back quickly.

I have known about the 5:2 diet from Michael Mosley’s video in which he talks how the 5:2 method of intermittent fasting helped him lose 13 lbs over six weeks. His diet looked very simple and promising, so I decided to try it out. From Monday to Friday I eat my normal food without any restrictions at all. On the weekends, as Mosley advises, I eat products with a high amount of protein and low carbs (eggs, meat, vegetables, salads, fish, cottage cheese). It’s not a true fast as you may think of it in the traditional sense. It’s not recommended to consume any products containing caffeine, sweet juices and, of course, sweets.

I’ve been on the 5:2 diet for almost 2 weeks and in the first one I managed to throw off 1.5 pounds. I don’t have much excess weight to lose, so it was a decent outcome.

This diet is easy to follow, because you only have to restrict food for two days a week, and I believe this is reasonable for anyone concerned about their weight. If you eat healthy meals for these five days and not fast food or ready-to-cook food, as I do, then you can surely lose even more weight than I did.

Mari

 

I keep hearing those words in my head each time I get on the scale! THAT has never happened ever in my life! I’m so excited for this program and the changes I’m making in my life. It’s no longer, “maybe someday”, it’s “yes, it’s going to happen”. 16lbs, 10.5 inches down in 6 weeks! I feel strong and in control. Loving the new me!

Lisa

 

Girls, this is a wonderful diet! I’ve been on the 5:2 diet for three weeks now and have lost 13 pounds! Can you imagine that?! In fact, doing nothing, you can get a pretty lean shape if you know how. Before this, I hadn’t even thought that such a fast and simple diet can be so effective. My diet journey began six years ago, but my weight always came back to where I started. Not this time!

Helen

 

I’ve read reviews from other women, and talked with my friend who already got rid of 10 pounds for two weeks and decided to try it out. Now I have been following the 5:2 diet for six days. I feel slightly fatigued but I really like this program – it goes quickly and easily. Yesterday I stepped on to the scales and found that I weigh 132 lbs, down from 134. I hope to lose another 11-13 lbs, and plan to fast for about four weeks.

Sirena

 

I stumbled upon the 5:2 diet in a popular women’s magazine. I read through some positive reviews from other women and thought I would test this diet plan before my summer vacation. The best thing was that the 5:2 diet is non-restrictive, and probably the simplest weight loss program I’ve ever seen. I like that the ‘fast’ days are not consecutive. I experimeted with different combinations but found that Wednesday and Saturday work best for me. Total food eaten on fast days should not be over 600 calories. On these days I prefer to eat fish, vegetables or chicken breast. For fruit I only eat oranges and grapefruits. On non-fast days I stopped eating sweet, floury and fried food. Also, I started to train at the gym. And, at the end of the first month, I lost about 14 pounds!I don’t think it’s a complicated diet at all, so everyone should be able to stick to it. Here are some good and bad points of the 5:2 diet from my personal experience.

Pros:
– You can control meal time on your own.
– You can create your own menu, without necessarily avoiding your favorite foods.
– Your body doesn’t resist the diet, because you make restrictions only two days a week. It’s not a non-stop diet.

Cons:
– One or two meals on fast days may sometimes seem like it’s not enough.
– Don’t expect massive weight loss results as soon as you start, but on the other hand, this diet is easily sustainable so everyone can follow it long-term.

Ann

 

My first true fast was 4 weeks ago on Saturday. I have been trying not to eat after dinner until lunch the next day- so generally 15-19 hours of fasting.

Today I’m on week 5…down 21 lbs and 6.5 inches. Never in my life did I ever think I could fast for 16 hours… Never wanted to before now. So thrilled! Thank you for a diet that helps woman around the world!

Tiffany

 

I bought the 5:2 book on Friday and began the diet on Saturday, because I didn’t have the patience to wait until Monday.When I started, my weight was 74 kg.

On weekends I ate like I usually do.

Monday was my fast day. I decided to break the rules and reduce my intake to 600 calories, instead of 500 as suggested. This way I was able to eat 200 calories three times a day.

After the first fast day I weighed 73.4 kg.

Tuesday, Wednesday – non-fasting days.

Thursday – the second fast day of the week.

Friday – ate as normal.

So, after one week, Saturday morning, my weight was 73.2 kg.

After one more week of following this eating style, the scales showed 72.5 kg.

I’ve been using the 5:2 method for a month already and my weight is about 71 kg now. This is 3 kg less than at the beginning of the diet.

I like the flexibility of the 5:2 diet and the ability to customize it to my lifestyle. For example, if I had planned to fast tomorrow but my friend invited me to go out for a meal at a restaurant, I can simply reschedule fast day to another day – no problem.

Good luck in losing weight!

Carina

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