The 5:2 Diet – Friend or Foe?

It’s been the diet that everyone’s talking about for the past few years: from Jennifer Lopez to Gwyneth Paltrow, to friends, family and coworkers. It’s even proven itself more popular than the formidable Atkins diet which was so popular all those years ago. So surely now is the time that we should all be taking on the 5:2 in preparation for summer and even more importantly, New York Fashion Week?

Models and agents alike, particularly those on the rosters in LA, NYC and Tampa modeling agencies, have been fans of this diet ever since it hit the mainstream in 2013. Also known as The Fast Diet, it is based on the concept of intermittent fasting and claims that if you take this on for 2 days each week then you can spend the other five at liberty to eat what you want. On these two days women are only allowed 500 calories and men 600. Then theoretically on the other five days you are allowed to eat whatever you like – nothing is off limits.

Nothing off limits? Surely this is a slippery slope for those of us that fall victim to one or two more cheeseburgers than we’d like to admit. But apparently not according to London-based Dr. Michael Mosley who coined the concept on his television show Eat, Fast and Live Longer in 2013. He also goes as far as to claim that taking on this diet has left him at a lower risk to life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes. He apparently did this by reducing his blood glucose and cholesterol levels, which allegedly decreases the levels of a hormone called IGF-1 which is recognized as a key player in age-related diseases.

Nobody can argue that losing weight and lowering your risk of contracting diseases is absolutely groundbreaking. But taking all of the aspects of this concept into consideration, surely there has to be a catch? The answer to this question is not exactly straightforward but very worth women taking note of as it turns out that the 5:2’s efficacy is much more widely recorded in men. There are two reasons for this. The first of these being, quite simply, that more men have been monitored and tested on the long-term effects that 5:2 can have. The second reason is rather more worrying for women and their future ability to have children.

It turns out that feedback gathered from a number of women doing the 5:2 diet noted late periods, aggravated cramps and some women shockingly stating that they didn’t get their periods at all. It turns out that this makes complete sense if you look at what intermittent fasting does to your body. Apparently, if you are feeling run down and tired from fasting, the female body puts ovulation way down on its priority list. It is simply fighting to get the weary part of you back to speed.

Surely this can’t be a good thing? Well, we have to be fair to the system and state that this diet is so new that no exact facts and evidence are set in stone. However, we would strongly advise, much as many modeling agencies in NYC, LA and Tampa have been doing, that you consult with your doctor before taking on the 5:2 as a way of life. They will know far better than anyone whether this is the right weight loss approach for you and there is never a time in life when you should put your health in jeopardy.

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