I’m Jacqueline Whitehart and I’m the author of The New 5:2 Diet Cookbook: Now 800 Calories a Day. I want to tell you all about the new 5:2 diet – how to do it and what the new rules are.
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Hi! I’m Jacqueline Whitehart. I’m a big advocate of the new 5:2 diet. I write recipes – diet recipes, healthy recipes. And just help you lose weight. I’ve been an advocate of the 5:2 diet since it started in 2012 and I’ve written three different recipe books about it. But I was very excited to discover that there has been some absolutely enormous changes to the 5:2 diet. Absolutely the biggest change since it started.
The New 5:2
You might have heard the big thing is that instead of 500 for women and 600 for men. It’s gone up to 800 calories a day – that’s for men and women.
Which is a brilliant change because the main reason that people give up on the 5 2 diet – that includes me – is that you can’t sustain it for very long because it just makes you too grumpy! Too grumpy, too like you just want to give up and that’s it and that’s what happens to me, it happens to a lot of people.
So the big change is that instead of the 500 for women calories you get 800 and that is so different in how it makes you feel. You can just have a little bit extra. It’s the difference between having carbohydrates with your dinner or no carbs. It’s just really different and makes you feel so much better.
So what I’m going to talk about is – well first of all the 800 calories – but the other thing that goes with it, is that you need to do a 14 hour fast. That means not eating at all for 14 hours. But actually, if you think about it, eight of those hours you’re going to be sleeping.
So, I’m going to talk to you through a little bit about how that works and how it actually makes it better when mixed with the 800 calories.
14 Hour Fast
So if you’re doing… the easiest way is to do is to do the 14 hour fast the night before. So it does mean starting a little bit earlier. If you’re someone that wants to eat breakfast on your diet day, then you need to stop eating the night before at a slightly earlier time. For example, if the night before you finish your dinner at 6 p.m. and don’t have anything else after that, then you can have your breakfast on your diet today at 8 a.m. That’s giving you the 14 hours – sorted – you’re all set.
On the other hand, if you prefer to not think about your diet the night before, then you could stop at maybe 9 p.m. in the evening and then you can have your breakfast/brunch/lunch/whatever at 11 a.m. the next day.
The third thing I want to mention is that you want to eat all your calories at mealtimes – probably two meals. That’s either going to be breakfast and dinner or lunch and dinner. Or even if you’ve done it lots of times before you could go for just the dinner.
Now I do want to mention that I have revised my original book which came out in 2012 – quite a long time ago now – to get all these new changes in there. It’s got new recipes, revised recipes. Every single calorie count is in there for each individual ingredients. There’s some exciting new meal plans to allow for these extra calories – so that you can eat a bit more and enjoy it and still lose weight.
OK I think that’s it for now. I’m Jacqueline Whitehart and thank you for listening.