If you want to ask Jacqueline a question about the 5:2 diet, please use the form below and she will answer it as quickly and honestly as possible.
Should I exercise on a fast day?
I wouldn’t recommend exercising on a fast day because you may feel weak and it will increase your hunger. However, some people do enjoy exercise on a fast day and do not suffer with any side effects.
Feasting – why can’t I eat what I like when I’m not on a fast day?
If you wish to eat what you like on a ‘normal’ or ‘feast’ day you can. You will still get some if not all of the health benefits of the fast diet. The change from ‘feast days’ to ‘normal and healthy days’ came about because some people, myself included, tend to binge rather too much on our ‘feast days’ and found we did not lose any weight. If you want to lose weight, you should eat healthily on your ‘normal’ days.
Should I eat all my calories in one meal on a fast day to optimize the health benefits of the diet?
The jury is still out on this one. Some US scientists believethat you need to eat no calories or eat only one meal to get the most of the health benefits, but the research to back this up is inconclusive at present.
What type of food should I eat on a fast day?
The food you eat should be the most filling possible for the least amount of calories. The best things to eat are therefore lean protein such as chicken or fish and good carbohydrates such as
pulses or beans. Salads and vegetables tend to have the least calories and can provide a big plate of food for very little calories.
Why am I not losing weight quick enough?
Are you counting every calorie on your fast days? Are you sticking to a healthy diet on your normal days? Perhaps your target is too high – 1–2lb a week is a brilliant result. If you are exercising some of your fat turns to muscle which is heavier than fat. Have a look in the mirror and see if you can see body improvements.
Please feel free to ask Jacqueline any question you like about the 5:2 Diet.