The 5:2 Diet

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the 5:2 Diet. With the 5:2 Diet, one eats “normally” for 5 days of the week and restricts food intake for any 2 days of the week to between 500 and 600 calories.Some people call it the 5:2 Fast Diet. Technically, the 5:2 Diet is not a “fast” unless those calories are all consumed at once. If you eat the calories over the course of the day, it’s technically a modified diet.

 Does this look like 500 calories?

Does this look like 500 calories?

You’ll have noticed that I don’t list it as one the Fast Club fasting options. It’s not because it doesn’t work. This diet has been around for years and thousands of people on sites likeTheFastDiet.Co.UK have raved about it’s benefits.

First, I found the 5:2 Diet tough to maintain. If I ate anything in the morning on one of the 2 days, I was hungrier than I when I just fasted until dinner. I think it’s because there is always a small glycemic dip after eating which triggered my body to want more food. 

Second, I found it difficult to count calories unless I was eating prepackaged or fast food. Quick, how many calories in a cup of brown rice, 3 pieces of broccoli, a half an apple, and a piece of salmon? Yup, counting calories is a pain.

Third, I don’t believe in the concept of “calories.” 500 calories in a candy bar is very different than 500 calories of brown rice and protein. Even Weight Watchers counts fruits and vegetables as zero point foods. It’s hard to have any negative impact from these calories. All calories are not equal, and for that reason Fast Club doesn’t focus on them.

All said, if you’re looking to make the 5:2 Diet work for you, you may want to consider trying it as an M2M (Meal to Meal), and then putting together a decent list of 500 to 600 healthy calorie options that makes it easy for you to stick with. 

Regardless of what you choose, good luck and may the right fast be with you!

Prasanth