Yesterday I wrote about the 5:2 diet. Although I’m no expert on the subject, the Horizon documentary was really insightful and interesting and definitely worth writing about.
I’ve had a lot of requests for under 500 calorie meal ideas, so here are a few I’ve found so far:
- Scrambled egg on toast (using brown bread and 1 medium egg) = 350 calories
- These cranberry pancakes are only 189 calories per serving!
- The Washington Post have suggested loads of great meals that are under 500 calories, such as Lemon-Oregano Pork Tenderloin With Lemon Jus, Andouille, Chicken, Red Bean and Rice Pilaf and Peppers Stuffed With Summer Vegetables.
This is not a strict ‘fast’…you can be inventive with what you eat on your low-calorie days and there are loads of delicious options out there.
Just to note, Michael Moseley who presented the TV programme suggested that on ‘fast’ days women should consume around 500 calories and men could consume about 600 calories.
The medical trials that took place used consecutive days for fasting, but Michael did his fasting on non-consecutive days. The 5:2 diet worked well for him, so I would suggest that personal preference is fine when it comes to when your two fasting days are.
I really urge anyone who would like to try this to seek medical advice from your GP before the diet.