If you’re considering trying a new diet to kickstart a healthier year, have you considered the 5:2 diet? The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting and it could help you to get into healthier eating habits and potentially even lose some weight.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the 5:2 diet…
What is the 5:2 Diet?
The 5:2 diet is one of the most popular types of intermittent fasting. The concept of this diet is simple, but it can be incredibly effective. Learn more about the other types of intermittent fasting and how can they help you to manage your weight here:
On the 5:2 diet, you alternate between fasting and non-fasting days on a weekly basis – choosing 2 days to fast (consume around 800 calories a day) and 5 days to ‘feast’ each week.
On your ‘feast’ days, you shouldn’t necessarily be eating everything you want to, but should try to stick to a low-carb or Mediterranean-style diet for the best results. This makes the 5:2 diet incredibly flexible, so it’s easy to fit in around a busy lifestyle.
Foods to Eat on 5:2 Fasting Days
On fast days, it’s recommended that you keep your daily food intake around 800 calories, which can feel quite restricted. OPTIFAST meal replacement products can help make this easy.
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