This week it was announced that people following the famous 5:2 plan (aka intermittent fasting plan) could have an extra 200 calories on their fasting days. Great news for dieters as 600 calories can take some getting used to. However, if you are new to the 5:2 plan, it can be a bit of a mind muddle. So in this guide, we'll explain all about it and how you can use the SMLDiet to help you on your fasting days...
So. What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a plan devised by Dr Michael Mosley. In order to either sustain your weight or to lose weight, Dr Mosley suggests that we eat sensibly for 5 days per week and then embark on intermittent fasting for 2 days per week. The fasting days would NOT be taken consecutively. i.e you'd have at least a 24 hour break in-between your fasting days and on your fasting days, you would consume 800 calories maximum.
Tell me about the benefits of Intermittent fasting?
There have been so many benefits reported about the Intermittent fasting plan including increased weight management by some users (including slimmers who have followed the SMLDiet plan) but during trials, the following benefits were noticed:
What our slimmers say!
A lot of our slimmers who have switched to the 5:2 Intermittent fasting plan noticed that they found it easy to stick to. Mainly as they were used to a period of fasting anyway (when they had previously followed our Social plan or Simple plan). They like the flexibility of the 5:2 plan as for 5 days a week they can consume a sensible diet and on 2 days per week, they use our meal replacements to ensure they are getting adequate vitamins and minerals whilst fasting. Our meal replacements also gives them full control over the calories they consume.
Now there's a new rule allowing slimmers to eat an extra 200 calories per day, slimmers can now have one of our smldiet high protein snacks such as our crisps, an extra bar or even wafers. If slimmers are concerned about feeling hungry on their fasting days, the SMLDiet sells appetite suppressants to help slimmers feel fuller for longer.
Can anyone embark on the Intermittent fasting plan?
Like any weight loss plan, we suggest that slimmers talk to their GP prior to starting on the 5:2 plan. We wouldn't recommend the 5:2 plan for women who are pregnant, women who have given birth within the last 3 months or women who are breast feeding. Certain medications may also prevent you from embarking on the plan.
The SMLDiet is a leading weight loss plan in the UK. Specialising in VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diets), TFR (Total Food Replacement products and meal replacements.