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Jacqueline explains everything you need to know to get started with the 5:2 Diet.
If you are thinking about starting The 5:2 Diet, but don’t know where to start then this video is perfect for you. And if you want more in-depth advice and lots of mouth-watering recipes then check out Jacqueline’s brilliant book:
Hi, I’m Jacqueline Whitehart and I’m the author of The New 5:2 Diet Cookbook. I wanted to tell you all about the 5:2 diet – how to do it and what the new rules are.
The 5:2 diet. If you don’t know anything about it… it’s really really simple.
The five days are normal days where you eat normal healthy food but don’t count calories. The two days are diet days. With the new rules for the 5:2 diet, on your diet days you eat up to 800 calories. You calorie count them and you’re quite careful. But 800 calories means you can have 2 or 3 meals a day and still lose weight.
So that’s the basics of the 5:2 diet.
There’s a couple of little extra bits…
One is that you want to have a complete fast for 14 hours. So if you are on a diet day that might be that you start at 8 p.m. the night before – don’t eat any more after that – and then you can eat from 10 a.m. the next day. With a light breakfast, maybe a little bit of lunch and then a proper dinner with carbs and everything. And that’s your diet day done.
So you would probably have a diet day. They have to be non consecutive – not next to each other – days so you might go for Monday and Wednesday. Monday seems to be a really popular: get it over with really quickly. Monday and Thursday? Or whatever days of the week you like as long as they’re not next to each other.
So that’s it 800 calories 2 days a week with a long fast overnight.
Couldn’t be simpler.
Good luck with your diet!