5:2 Diet


WHAT IS THE 5:2 DIET?


The 5:2 Diet was created by Dr Michael Mosley, who introduced it to us in a 2012 BBC Documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer

When Michael was tested in the documentary he discovered his body was a third fat which put him at a higher chance of heart disease or cancer. After he changed his diet and followed the 5:2 diet his chances lowered quite dramatically.

5:2 is all about eating normally 5 days a week and fasting for 2 days. Originally the fast called for under 600 calories a day for men and under 500 for women during a fast day. It has recently been updated to under 800 calories for everyone.

I used this diet successfully when it started and lost 1 stone in weight. My weight has gradually crept up again and so I am starting back on the diet again. I found it easy if I was organised and I felt positive on the days I was doing it. Organisation is definitely my downfall, but once I get started I am fine.

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The 5:2 Diet





SAVOURY RECIPES



BURGERS


BBQ 'Shroom Buns - 373 calories each
Mushroom & Lentil Sliders - 91 calories per mini burger
Spiced Chickpea, Carrot and Coriander Burgers - 257 per naked burger
Vegan Lentil and Mushroom Burgers - 187 calories per naked burger


note: instead of having burgers in a bun why not serve them in an iceberg lettuce wrap with a little sauce or serve them with baked beans for added protein.




PIZZA & PASTA


Rich Tomato and Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake - 336 calories per portion
Red Pepper & Rocket Pizza - 269 calories per portion
Simple Tomato Sauce for Pasta - 63 calories per portion
Spaghetti Bolognaise - 355 calories with 75g spaghetti and no cheese



RICE



Savoury Cauliflower Rice - 137 calories per portion
Southern Style Rice -  232 calories per portion



SALAD



Avocado,Apple & Hazelnut Salad - 227 calories per portion
Fridge Salad - 230 calories per portion
Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad - 337 calories per portion
Potato and Beetroot Salad with Mozzarella - 300 calories per portion


SAUCES & DRESSINGS


Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce - 28 calories per tbsp


SOUP



5 Minute Green Smoothie Soup - 42 calories per portion
Broccoli and Celery Soup - 111 calories per portion
Carrot, Leek and Mustard Seed Soup - 119 calories per portion
Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup - 145 calories per portion
Hearty Spice Cauliflower and Carrot Soup - 64 calories per portion
Minestrone Soup - 198 calories per portion
Parsnip, Carrot & Lentil Soup - 175 calories per portion
Quick Blender Broccoli and Stilton Soup - 97 calories per portion
Quick Green Freezer Soup - 94 calories per portion
Rich Blender Tomato Soup - 33 calories per portion
Spiced Carrot, Lentil and Spinach Soup 138 calories per portion
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup - 113 calories per portion
Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup - 123 calories per portion



STEW, PIES & BAKES


Cottage Garden Pie - 342 calories per portion
Moroccan Style Potato Bake - 233 calories per portion
Rich Tomato and Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake - 336 calories per portion
Smoked Vegetable Stew - 103 calories per portion
Vegetable & Lentil Stew - 242 calories per portion






SWEET RECIPES



Banoffee Pie - 253 calories per portion
Cinnamon Apple Crisps - 50 calories per portion
Coconut Fruit Salad -  174 calories per portion
Mean Green Smoothie - 71 calories per portion
Pink Mango Smoothie - 115 calories per portion
Sin-Free Chocolate Mousse - 126 calories per portion
Swamp Juice - 115 calories per portion






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