Intermittent Fasting: 5/2

Intermittent fasting, if case you have not been perusing our wealth of intermittent fasting playbooks, is an eating pattern that involves regular fasting.

The 5:2 diet, also known as The Fast Diet, is, according to some sits currently the most popular intermittent fasting diet. The diet traces its roots to Briitish journalist Michael Mosley.

The big difference between the 5/2 compared to the 20/8 and the 16/8 intermittent fasting methods is that the numbers refer to days and not hours.

So it is called the 5:2 diet because five days of the week are normal eating days, while the other two restrict calories to 500–600 per day.

Like the other approaches, there are no requirements about which foods to eat but rather when you should eat them. Like them all, it aims to be more of a lifestyle.

Coach’s Take On the 5/2 Intermittent Fasting Diet

It is great approach if you want to jump start your metabolism and cleanse your body while resuming more of a normal lifestyle the rest of the week where you don’t time restrict eat at all.

Allegedly Jimmy Kimmel lost a lot of weight following this protocol. It is a good approach but again, it depends where you are in terms of your weight.

If you have like 20 or 30 pounds to go—this might do it for you. If you have a lot more than that too loose, you would probably be better off picking one of the intermittent fasting protocols or methods that focus on daily time restriction.

This is because 5 days of eating normal for some a very overweight fatso might totally overwrite the benefits of the 2 days where food was but a thought. So think about that.