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Overview Of The 5:2 Diet

How The 5:2 Diet Works

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The 5:2 diet is a modified form of intermittent fasting. Instead of going without food entirely during the fasting times, the plan allows individuals to consume a limited number of calories within the fasting window. This feature often makes it easier for patients to continue with the diet as a long-term lifestyle choice. The program allows the patient to choose which days of the week they can fast. Many individuals appreciate this flexibility. It means that if a last-minute party or dinner invitation arrives, the patient can move their fasting day to another day of the week. Experts suggest beginners on the 5:2 program consider fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. By choosing these days for fasting, the patient can eat normally for two or three days before each fasting day, making the fasts easier to complete. The two days of the week the patient chooses to fast should be non-consecutive days, as fasting for more than twenty-four hours at a time is not recommended without medical supervision.

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