What is Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is often called 5:2 fasting. It has become very popular in the past few years.

You drastically reduce your food intake for 2 days each week (500 calories for women; 600 for men). On the other 5 days each week you eat normally.

Many people use fasting to lose weight. It is also a great long term way of eating. It is easy to do, controls your weight, and shows promising health benefits for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Why choose fasting as your way of eating?

Fasting is particularly good for people who want to get on with their busy lives, rather than worrying about what they are eating at every meal.

Fasting is a great way of eating for:

  • People who want to lose weight. Following a 5:2 pattern, you can expect to lose about one pound (half a kilo) per week. It really works...and by shifting to 6:1 for maintenance you won’t put the weight back on again.
  • Food lovers. Because you can eat normally five days a week, nothing is prohibited and you are free to enjoy your favourite foods most of the time (within reason!)
  • Busy people who do not have the time to count calories or worry about every meal, every day.
  • People who value flexibility and do not want to follow a rigid regime every day. If you miss a day or a week, fine, just get back to it the week after.
  • Anyone - which means all of us - who wants to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s. There is a lot of science still to do but the health benefits look very promising.
  • Men, who often hate the idea of a ‘diet’ but find a day or two of fasting to be doable - and are often amazed by how well it works and how easy it is once you get used to it.