The Latest Diet Plan!
What is it all about?
In its most basic form this diet plan follows calorie restriction for two days a week. 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. The rest of the week you eat normally.
I have read and reviewed ‘Intermittent Fasting’ (I.F) over the past few years with some very interesting findings. It has gained popularity and interest after the Horizon programme on BBC2 last year by Dr Michael Mosley. After Dr M.Mosley experimented he discovered it worked.
Research shows the following:
- Blood lipids (decreased triglycerides and LDL cholesterol)
- Oxidative stress
- Risk of cancer
- Cell turnover and repair
- Growth hormone release
- Metabolic rate
- Fat burning
- Cardiovascular function
- Appetite control
- Blood sugar control
The benefits listed are not limited to the above, there are many more.
Before we get carried away the research studies being carried out are in their infancy and it will take many more studies and a few more years to create conclusive proof. But the findings thus so far are looking good.
It is advised not to do the two days in a row but separate them within a seven day cycle. The beauty in this particular I.F protocol is its simplicity. Stick to the calorie restriction on your chosen day and drink water throughout your fast day.
A good reference is the book authored by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer ‘The Fast Diet‘ for more information on working the plan into your lifestyle.
Fad Fiction or the real thing?
Typing in diet book on amazon.co.uk brings up a result of 53,171, that’s a lot of books on dieting.
Diets don’t really work, we know that we’ll especially in the long term. We would have one diet, all do it and optimise our weight and body fat and we would all be happy and healthy.
It is long term lifestyle change and attitude that will make lasting changes not a fad diet.
The advantage of the 5:2 protocol is its more about lifestyle management and is very easy to follow.
It just doesn’t take care of the aesthetic reasoning for a diet but, seems in the early stages of research, optimise your health and wellness to.