The new fad: The Fast Diet

by (Dietitian & Sports Dietitian)

Brace yourselves! A new diet is getting lots of media attention and hype.  This new fad is called the Fast Diet, that comes from a book written by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. Dr Mosley is a medical journalist and Mimi Spencer is a food and fashion writer.  The Fast Diet is also known as the 5:2 diet. It involves five days of normal eating, and two days of fasting (approximately 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men). According to the authors, the two (non-consecutive) days of fasting per week will result in the metabolism working harder on the days you don’t fast. To give you a bit of an idea about how far those 500 calories could stretch: one medium banana has about 100 calories. One orange also has about 100. There are about 250 calories alone in a cup of plain cooked pasta. Add a bit of sauce and cheese and you’ve probably reached your limit for the day.  Normal daily intake for a woman is 2000 calories. So you’re basically cutting your recommended food intake by 75 per cent. Feeling hungry yet?

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