‘Intermittent Fasting’ to lose weight
The big diet “craze” of 2014 in trying to prevent weight gain is by intermittent fasting. Often referred to as The 5:2 Diet, on account that you “fast” for 2 days and feast for the other 5 days of the week. Here is a simple YouTube video to explain (by Kevin Partner).
The 5:2 premise them is to mix feasting and famine, literally. The most popular approach is the 5:2 Diet, a British export, discovered by Dr. Michael Mosley during a TV documentary on the subject. 5:2 mixes five days of normal eating per week with two days of restricted meals totalling between 500 and 600 calories (depending on whether you are a woman or a man).
Some folks swear by it. Others remain very sceptical. It’s so new that there hasn’t been a lot of research on humans, although animal studies, including some at the National Institute on Ageing indicate there may be some benefits, certainly in the short term, people doing 5:2 have not reported any serious side affects to this new weight-loss approach.
Critics, though, claim any weight loss is likely to be short-lived, and there are some concerns that repeated fasting could do a number on your metabolism. One primary care physician, Will Kimbrough, (One Medical Group), has said he believes fad diets aren’t the way to go. A balanced approach to diet and food is a better and safer way to prevent weight gain. “If you live making smart choices on a daily basis, then you don’t have to make up for those choices early in the new year,” he says.
That being said, he says a certain degree of self-discipline is involved. Tips for any weight loss diet:
– use a small plate at parties,
– load up on vegetables first,
– consider alternating glasses of water with drinks like beer and wine.
Learn more about 5:2 | Books and Recipes
Kate Harrison, a popular writer on the 5:2 Diet, has published books, videos and recipes about 5:2. She was one of the first to embrace social media/blogs to connect with her fans, answer common Q’s about the diet and share 5:2 recipes, ideas, tips and nurture support.
Kate has set-up a THE 5:2 DIET FACEBOOK GROUP which at the time of writing has about 34,000 members and rising!! It has become a daily read for many members embarking on this “WOE – Way of Eating” where they seek guidance and support. Many show their before and after shots.
POPULAR/RECOMMENDED 5:2 BOOKS and RECIPES:
- Hairy Dieters Recipe Books
- *NEW* 5:2 Your Life, Get Happy, Get Healthy by Kate Harrison
- Free Recipes for Kate Harrison (Daily Mail)
- 5:2 FAQs by Kate Harrison
- Best Seller Ultimate 5:2 Recipes by Kate Harrison
- 5 in 1 “Skinny” Cook eBooks – exceptional value!
- Skinny Curry Book (-500 kCal recipes) by Cook Nation
- The “Skinny Cookbook” range by Cook Nation
- Michael Mosley: 5:2 Fast Diet Book (the guy in the Horizon TV)
- Linda Grucy’s Book 5:2 Science in Layman’s Terms
- Celia Brooks 5:2 100 Vegetarian Recipes
- 5:2 Recipes
- Pinterest Picture & Recipes