5:2 diet: feast versus famine

Photo: Werner Kunz, Flickr

Photo: Werner Kunz, Flickr

RADIO:

The 5:2 diet lets you enjoy a glass of wine and indulge in eating most of your favourite foods for five days a week. But as the old saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Dieters have to fast for the other two days. Voice of Russia’s Nima Green reports.

The clink of a glass of wine, and the pleasure of enjoying a meal out with family and friends, being able to order what you want – these enjoyments are usually excluded for most dieters, but not so for those on the 5:2 diet.

In 2012, a BBC Horizon documentary by Dr Michael Moseley, a journalist with a medical background, pushed the 5:2 diet into the limelight.

Mosley claimed that a process of intermittent fasting results in not just weight loss, but that it also helps to guard against conditions such as dementia, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and even cancer.

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