It's almost summer holiday time…

May 4th 2017
By: Melanie
It's almost summer holiday time…

With Easter so late the approach of the holiday season is suddenly upon us and if you are still just packing away the winter woollies the very thought of feeling beach ready can be daunting. One way to help you start to feel more confident about yourself in your summer clothes is returning to the 5:2 diet. It’s a simple plan to help kick-start some weight loss and will make you feel more healthy.
The golden rules of the 5:2 plan are  to essentially fast for 2 days a week – women  eat only 500 calories on those days and men eat 600 calories. This is just for 2 non-consecutive days per week you can eat normally but healthily on the other five days.
To help you eat healthily but normally on the non-fasting days it can be good to stick to a simple formula like this:
Eat three healthy, balanced meals a day.
Have light, healthy snacks such as fruit or yogurt if you feel peckish between meals.
Do not calorie count or reduce portion size; you are not on a diet.
Do be aware of what you are eating. Is it necessary? Is it healthy?
Do allow yourself the occasional treat.
Cut back on processed food and ready meals.
Prepare home-cooked food as often as possible
If you still feel hungry after a meal, wait 20 minutes and see if you are still hungry.
Do allow yourself a glass of wine or two, a tasty dessert or even a few squares of dark chocolate.
BUT DO cut out the rubbish comfort eating by keeping the following to a very bare minimum: biscuits and cakes; crisps; non-diet fizzy drinks; chocolate bars and sweets; beer, lager and cider
There are loads of great 5:2 ideas on line to help you stay on track to a healthier summer holiday.