The 5/2 diet is one of the relatively popular diets that people today follow in order to lose weight. It is also known as the Fast diet. It is relatively simple in its basic concept. People only need to fast or limit calorie intake for 2 days and eat normally for 5 days. The two-day fasting period should not be on consecutive days. This diet does not require people to go on a full fast, just limiting calorie intake but still eat highly nutritious food.
The 5/2 diet originated in the United Kingdom where it first became popular. It then spread across the rest of Europe and eventually found its way into the US. The diet has been said to help achieve short-term weight loss. The diet specifies a low calorie consumption on fasting days. Men are allowed to consume 600 calories and women 500 calories. A typical breakfast during fast days is around 300 calories, usually equivalent to a breakfast of scrambled eggs and ham, water, green tea or black coffee. Lunch is usually a serving of grilled fish or meat with vegetables with a total of 300 calories.
The basis behind the said diet promoting weight loss is the low calorie consumption. But the way that it restricts calories may make the diet unsustainable in the long term. That is why it is also sometimes considered as a fad diet. It is not the type of diet that people may follow as part of their lifestyle.
The 5/2 is also said to provide certain health benefits. According to proponents of the diet, the diet helps promote the body’s IGF-1, normally a growth hormone, the change from functioning as a growth to repair hormone. Just like any other fad diet, people should be aware that low calorie consumption can have certain effects on the body. That is why it is important to consult with a doctor if the 5/2 diet is an ideal diet for you to follow.