The 5:2 diet gets a revamp

By admin
12 January 2015

The 5:2 diet took the weightloss world by storm, with millions flocking to see if fasting for two days a week and eating normally the rest of the time could really help you ditch the pounds.

Unless you've stayed away from TV, radio, websites - pretty much everything - for the last couple of years, you will have heard of the 5:2 diet. It's the plan which took the weightloss world by storm, with millions flocking to see if fasting for two days a week and eating normally the rest of the time could really help you ditch the pounds.

It worked for many, who will doubtless be happy to hear Dr Michael Mosley is releasing a sequel to the original The Fast Diet book. It's called The Fast Diet: Revised and Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer and was penned by Michael and Mimi Spencer, with an extract published by MailOnline.

As well as boasting new recipes, this time around there is a new focus on fitness. Don't worry though; rather than insisting people need to spend hours on the treadmill each day, the routine suggested matches perfectly to the ease of the diet. It's claimed that just 12 minutes working out a week is enough to make a real difference to your figure.

This is backed up by studies of HIT (high-intensity training), which suggested short bursts of heart-pumping exercise are great for the body. A study in the book found people who combined the 5:2 diet (where women eat just 500 calories on their fast days and men 600) with three HIT workouts three times a week lost an average of ten pounds over 12 weeks.

So what constitutes one of these workouts? Michael explains it's all about getting your blood pumping, so you really need to push yourself. Whatever you do, go all-out for 20 seconds, and then raise to 30 when you feel you can. By the end of the burst you should feel like you've got no more left to give; this isn't the time to hold something back. Next, do some low-intensity exercise for a minute to get your breath back, then repeat the sprint stage. As you progress, you should be able to fit in three of the high-intensity sections in each four-minute workout. Starting to feel too easy? Go all-out for 30, rather than 20, seconds.

You can exercise on any day you like, but you'll burn more calories if you go for it while you're fasting.

Not sure how to do the bursts? It's easier than you think - sprint up stairs, aim for a length of your local swimming pool or push yourself while riding your bike.

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