5:2 Fasting Diet Video
Fad diets always come and go but one of the favoured ones at present is the 5:2 fasting diet, so let's have a look into it to see whether it's an effective way to lose weight.
It's the brainchild of TV presenter Dr Michael Mosley, who reckons that eating normally for five days of the week and then virtually starving yourself on the remaining two is a sound way to shift some of your mass and keep it off.
There are a number of books with eating suggestions and ways you can cope with alternate fasting, but it all boils down to you being allowed between 500 and 600 calories on your non-eating days, which can severely limit your eating options.
In turn, that can make you feel as though you're lacking in energy, so most proponents of the 5:2 diet recommend that you plan ahead so that you're not doing anything strenuous on your fast days.
While there's a chance that if you're already in good health, you could well lose weight and find that your appetite may decrease in general.
There's also a school of thought that fasting can affect hormones so that once you've achieved maturing, cells can be 'trained' to repair, rather than grow.
However, you have to have strong will power to get through the fasting days and deal with feeling faint and ill, which are common side effects of this kind of diet.
This is where most people give up.
Recently a supplement, the 5:2 fast formula was developed to specifically address these issues.
A soluble fibre is used that aims to suppress hungers pangs and vitamins and minerals are added to provide help, and support the bodies functions, while going through the fasting stage.
Because of the possible health problems that come with diets like this, the NHS doesn't recommend them – instead, it suggests that people should maintain a sensible healthy diet that doesn't go to extremes.
Where the 5:2 fast diet differs is that it is not constant fast, and if you are in good health and follow the recommendations in a sensible way then you may well find it works for you.