The 5:2 Diet Book

Book Cover: The 5:2 Diet Book

The 5:2 Diet Book, which was the first full-length book about 5:2, was published in November 2012. It was updated, with new research and tips, in December 2014!

It features all the health and diet benefits of intermittent fasting, with tips and stories from 30 dieters, as well as Kate*s brutally honest diet diary as she embarks on her journey to lose 28lbs. It details the research on the positive preventative effects on cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer*s, Type 2 diabetes and more, and includes tips from dozens of successful dieters, plus basic meal plans.


Dear Reader,

Three years ago, I was overweight, unhealthy and resigned to staying that way, after trying 每 and failing 每 with ?dozens of diets over three decades.

Then I watched a TV programme that changed my life.

I almost didn*t write that line, because it sounds so cheesy, but it happens to be true. A sixty-minute science documentary opened my eyes to an approach to eating that would transform my body, and my attitude to food. And now I believe it can help anyone reach 每 and maintain 每 a healthy weight.

By cutting calories on just two days a week, I lost a total of 32lbs (14.5kg), and I*ve kept it off.? I finally feel in control of food, not the other way round. I am reducing my chances of developing cancer, dementia and diabetes. No wonder it*s a lifestyle I plan to follow# well, for life.

A wonderfully simple strategy for life


I*m not alone. Intermittent fasting and intermittent calorie restriction 每? the longer names for the 5:2 approach? - are gaining huge number of followers worldwide. Many are members of the &little* Facebook group I set up when I wanted to share knowledge with a few fasting friends. Not so little now: 35,000 of us share tips, success stories and encouragement!

It*s one of the many reasons why 5:2 is different: it*s a &democratic diet* that is building on both new scientific research and the real-life experiences of a growing community. Because fasting is a beautifully straightforward strategy, rather than a complicated commercial diet,? it adapts to the different? needs of individuals. This book draws on the experiences of thousands of people who*ve embarked on this journey.

Maybe you*re sceptical. ?On the face of it, 5:2 has followed the pattern of many fad diets that become flavour of the month overnight, then drop out of fashion almost as quickly.

But intermittent fasting is one diet &craze* that is anything BUT crazy

5:2 is different: it*s sustainable, adaptable and it might help you live longer. The &fasting* part scares some people at first, but you never have to have to go a day without eating.? You simply work one, two or three days of low-calorie eating into your weekly routine, and forget all about &dieting* the rest of the time. Until you step on the scales and see the difference, or try on the jeans that didn*t fit a few weeks ago#

It*s not just about how you look ?- it*s also about helping your body to work better

Reducing your calorie intake radically for short periods, triggers changes in your body*s metabolism and brain function that can cut the risk of the diseases we all fear: cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer*s and diabetes. Instead of digesting food, your body focuses on repairing cells damaged by lifestyle and ageing.