There is always a New Year diet but which one?

January 18th 2017
By: Melanie
There is always a New Year diet but which one?

Dieting is always a bit tricky but inevitably most of us want to shift a bit of weight after the Christmas feasting. One of the most recommended ways of eating and losing weight recently has been the 5:2 diet with its plain and simple method of simply limiting yourself to 500 calories a day (600 for men) twice a week,  the rest of the time you can eat normally. Meaning that you stick to the recommended daily calorie intake (2,000 for women, 2,500 for men).
The 5:2 diet grew out of research into intermittent fasting. Many recommend fasting as a more effective way to lose weight because by cutting down on your calorie intake intermittently, rather than all at once, so your body goes into ‘repair mode’ and not ‘starvation mode’. The added benefits of this repair mode is recommended as it reportedly helps the body restore damaged cells, which uses more energy, whereas starvation mode causes your body to store fat.
On top of this your cognitive function may be improved, which can help to prevent conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia and fasting for short periods may also help to give your digestive system a rest and might reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.  Angela Dowden, author of The 5:2 Diet Cookbook, says: ‘Fasting is a routine you can sustain and it’s adaptable too – later on you can do just one day a week to keep weight off. Also it really does seem to help re-educate your eating habits, which is key to sustained weight loss.’
Felicity Cloake, Guardian columnist and award-winning food writer says: ‘The 5:2 diet is the only one I’ve ever tried which feels doable long-term – the idea of depriving myself of anything seven days a week is so depressing I inevitably give up, but nothing seems so terrible about fasting for a single day at a time. After all, I can always have that cake tomorrow!’