I’m sure that a lot of you will have heard about the 5:2 Diet. It certainly seems to be the current ‘hot diet’ of the moment. Like all seemingly ‘fad’ diet’s I’m very sceptical, although I have talked to some people who are doing the diet, that feel it works very well for them.

I thought it would be interesting to share this infographic which looks at the pro’s and con’s of the 5:2 diet:

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If you did try the 5:2 diet, here are some tips from The Ultimate 5:2 Diet Recipe Book author Kate Harrison:

  • Plan and shop in advance for your Fast Days – so you won’t be led astray at the check-out.
  • Keep an emergency snack on standby – a cup-a-soup or a low-sugar jelly.
  • Hot drinks keep hunger pangs at bay…  while soups have been proven to keep you fuller for longer.

Angela Dowden, health writer, registered nutritionist and author of The 5:2 Diet Cookbook says:

‘Expect to learn a lot about your body and what hunger and fullness really feels like – you may find that you regulate your food intake on non-fast days much better. If you’re hungry on fast day, hold  on to the fact that tomorrow you can eat.’

I’m really interested in your thoughts on this one! What do you think of the 5:2 diet? Personally, I can see why it would work for some people, but it would be the sustainability of it, that would be the issue for me. However, after doing my recent detox I can see how giving your digestion a regular break could be beneficial for some people.  Is this something you would try, if weight loss was your goal?