Intermittent Fasting (also known as the Fast Diet/5:2 Diet/16:8 diet) is the diet of the celebs – and for good reason as they are getting results (and it shows!).
Fasting is nothing new – your body is designed to fast. We evolved at a time when food was scarce; we are the product of millennia of feast and famine.
The reason we respond so well to Intermittent Fasting is that it mimics, far more accurately than three meals a day, the environment in which modern humans were shaped. The following are some things you should know about this very current diet.
Things you should know about Intermittent Dieting/Fast Diet:
- The Fast Diet demands we think not just about what we eat, but when we
- There are no complicated rules to follow; the strategy is flexible,
comprehensible and user-friendly.
- There is no daily slog of calorie control – none of the boredom, frustration
or serial deprivation that characterise conventional diet plans.
- Yes, it involves fasting, but not as you know it; you won’t ‘starve’ on any
- You will still enjoy the foods you love. Most of the time.
- Once the weight is off, sticking to the basic programme will mean that it
- Weight loss is only one benefit of the Fast Diet. The real dividend is the
potential long-term health gains, cutting your risk of a range of diseases
including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- You will soon come to understand that it is not just a diet. It is much more
than that: it is a sustainable strategy for a healthy, long life.
Below is an example fast day menu for a female:
DAY 1 :
Breakfast 142 calories Half a tub of cottage cheese (100g, 78 calories) One sliced pear (100g, 40 calories) One fresh fig (55g, 24 calories)
Dinner 341 calories Sashimi: 3-5 pieces salmon (100g, 180 calories) and tuna (100g, 136 calories) served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger 1 tangerine (70g, 25 calories) Daily total: 483