5:2 Diet

Examining the 5:2 Diet - Does It Actually Work?

by Isabella Dutta
June 30, 2014

The 5:2 diet originated in the UK and spread from there to Europe and to the US. The brainchild of doctor Michael Mosley and food writer Mimi Spencer, the diet calls for occasional fasting throughout the week. For two days a week, you restrict your calorie intake, women to 500 calories, men to 600 calories. On the remaining five days, you eat as you normally would.

The idea behind the diet is that the intermittent fasting - as opposed to the continuous reduced calorie intake of most diets - will discourage the body from going into starvation mode. In “starvation” or “conserve” mode, which is the result of the deprivation typical of most other diets, the body hunkers down as if it is in real distress. Instead of burning more calories, it becomes more efficient and thereby burns less.

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