The Fast diet was written by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spence and is also called the 5:2 diet.
The Fast diet is based on limiting your calories for 2 days (2 days that are not one after another, but rather two separate days per week) and eating whatever you want, and
as much as you want for the other 5 days.
Women get to eat 500 calories and men 600 calories on the 2 calorie restriction days.
What makes this diet good in my opinion, is that it is easier to follow then a normal diet in which you cut back on calories every day.
For many people it is way too hard to always have to be counting calories and watching what you eat constantly.
Most of us have trouble disciplining ourselves all the time and therefore we tend to fail at calorie restrictive diets. That does not bode well for losing weight.
The advantage of this diet is that it is easier mentally for most of us to just restrict calories very low for a couple of days per week and eat normally the rest of the week. Even though you would not lose weight as quickly as you might on a more calorie restrictive diet, over time you will drop some weight.
The fast diet is considered to be a type of intermittent fasting. The Fast diet calls these low cal days “fasting days” and the rule is (just to clarify) that you eat low cal for two days that are not back to back. For example, Monday and Friday or Thursday and Sunday.but Not Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday.
On the two fasting days you are basically only eating two meals. You might eat eggs and ham for breakfast with tea or coffee and either lunch or dinner which might be some sort of fish with veggies or other meat. Each meal would be around 250 to 300 calories depending.
Personally, I have tried this diet and found it to be great. Give it a try if you are the type that struggles to stick to low-calorie diets that you must follow all the time.
This diet is not recommended if you have diabetes or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Here is a Sample Day on The Fast Diet
Oatmeal with fruit like blueberries
Lunch of Dinner (only one)
Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies
Low Calorie Drink like Coffee without milk or sugar – tea, or maybe no cal soda.
CHICKEN STIR FRY RECIPE
This makes a tasty dinner recipe for the Fast Diet above.
Chicken Stir-Fry (281 calories)
- 5 OUNCE CHICKEN BREAST CUT INTO PIECES
- A TBSP OF CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO
- 1 GARLIC CLOVE DICED UP
- 2 TSP OF SOY SAUCE
- HALF THE JUICE FROM A LEMON
EXTRAS TO ADD:
- SNOW PEAS
Stir fry the chicken in a wok or frying pan in a small amount of olive oil. Add some ginger that has been minced or chopped up.Add a tablespoon of cilantro that has been chopped and one minced garlic clove. Add a couple of tsps of soy sauce and the lemon juice.
Fry until browned and if you find it sticking add a bit of water.
You can then add a few snow peas, cabbage, or carrots chopped, sliced or shredded.