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5:2 Diet Recipes, Meal Plans and Fast Day Meal Ideas

Discover how to do the 5 2 diet, what the Fast Diet is all about, and everything from easy meal plans for 500 calorie fast days to deliciously healthy 5:2 recipes. Here you'll find healthy recipes under 500 calories for fast days, diet tips and 5:2 diet diaries to keep you on track all in one handy place. Read our latest advice, tips and recipes for the 2:5 diet here before you start your intermittent fasting journey...


From 5:2 to 16:8 - which fasting diet plans do what?

May 4th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From intermittent fasting to time-restricted and periodic fasting, here’s your go-to cheat sheet for fasting diets >>>


10 simple rules to make the 5:2 diet easier

January 10th 2018 / Laura Herring

The Fast Days Cookbook author Laura Herring shares her top 10 guidelines for making the 5:2 diet work for you >>>


The 800 calorie diet plan that zaps belly fat and helps beat diabetes

December 7th 2017 / Anna Hunter

Clinical trials have shown that low calorie diet plans such as Dr Michael Mosley’s Blood Sugar Diet can reduce weight around the middle and even reverse type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Here’s the skinny on how and why it works… >>>

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Clever Guts Diet Recipe: Dr Tim’s Healthy Gut Smoothie

December 1st 2017 / Judy Johnson

A quick and easy phase one smoothie recipe for the Clever Guts Diet >>>


It’s our birthday - here are your top stories from the past 5 years

October 1st 2017 / Judy Johnson

Yes, it’s our 5th birthday, and how better to celebrate than to look back on the health and beauty stories that you’ve loved >>>


Vegetarian 5:2 fast day recipe: Paneer/Tofu Tikka Masala

September 28th 2017 / Judy Johnson

A curry on a fast day? Yes, it can be done - try this vegetarian or vegan tikka masala recipe from veggie 5:2 diet recipe book author Kate Harrison for a delicious Indian dish that's under 500 calories >>>


The ‘one meal a day’ diet: pros and cons

September 25th 2017 / Anna Hunter

On paper it sounds like a terrifying prospect for many of us, but a new kind of intermittent fasting diet could suit your lifestyle better than the 5:2 diet if you have weight to lose. Here’s what to weigh up… >>>


Is the ‘2 weeks on, 2 weeks off’ diet more effective than the 5:2?

September 20th 2017 / Anna Hunter

There’s a new intermittent diet in town, and experts have shown that it results in more successful weight loss than the 5:2. Here’s what you need to know… >>>


10 trustworthy health advice sources

September 7th 2017 / Hilly Janes

Health writer and editor Hilly Janes shows you how to avoid Doctor Google-induced panic with the most trustworthy health advice sites, apps and books >>>


How to exercise on the 5:2

August 3rd 2017 / Katie Robertson

Want to know how to exercise on the 5:2 but scared of keeling over? Don't be. It's simple, safe and supremely beneficial >>>


Vegetarian 5:2 fast day recipe: Pea and Herb Pancakes

July 26th 2017 / Judy Johnson

Keep your fast days interesting with this vegetarian 5:2 recipe for delicious pancakes that are under 250 calories >>>


How to BBQ on the 5:2 diet

June 27th 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Get your fast diet fix this summer with nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson’s top 5 tips for delicious and nutritious BBQ on the 5:2 >>>


Bodhimaya Method: the easy science-backed intermittent fasting plan

March 21st 2017 / Victoria Woodhall

We're wising up to the benefits of intermittent fasting - from anti-ageing to disease prevention and DNA repair. This simple four-week plan by rejuvenation experts Bodhimaya, a favourite with Kate Moss, will have you reaping the health rewards without going hungry >>>


10 meal plan ideas for 5:2 fast days

March 7th 2017 / Katie Robertson

We all know 5:2 fast days can be a bit tough, so we've come up with 10 quick and easy 5:2 recipe plans to solve your dieting dilemmas for when you're eating under 500 calories >>>


5:2 diet fast day recipe: Pork and quinoa burgers

January 29th 2017

Try a burger with a healthy difference on your fast days with this delicious and easy recipe from Laura Herring, author of The Fast Days Cookbook >>>


5:2 fast day recipe: Courgette fritters

January 17th 2017 / Laura Herring

Laura Herring shares a tasty low-calorie recipe from her new book, The Fast Days Cookbook, to keep hunger pangs at bay when you're on a fast day during the 5:2 diet >>>


5:2 fast day recipe: Pokē bowls with tuna

January 12th 2017 / Laura Herring

The author of the new Fast Days Cookbook, Laura Herring, shows you how to hop on the pokē bowl trend while sticking to your fast day calorie count if you're on the fast diet >>>


5:2 fast day recipe: Flaked Salmon & Wholewheat Pasta With Lime Gremolata

January 2nd 2017 / Laura Herring

Laura Herring, author of the new Fast Days Cookbook shares a low calorie pasta recipe that will keep your hunger pangs at bay on those fast days >>>


10 ways to be a successful 5:2 dieter

June 20th 2016 / Katie Robertson

Dieting can be tough. Here are 10 top tips from Mimi Spencer to keep you on track with the 5:2 diet >>>


5:2 diet recipe: scrambled eggs with watercress and feta cheese

January 1st 2015 / Elizabeth Bennett

A hearty and delicious 5:2 friendly breakfast option from nutritionist Vicki Edgson >>>


5:2 diet recipe: Endive, Frisée, Rocket and Grated Kohlrabi Salad with Toasted Cashew Nuts

November 25th 2014 / Elizabeth Bennett

A spiced-up salad from expert nutritionist Vicki Edgson >>>


5:2 diet recipe: Poached eggs with tomato and asparagus spears

November 17th 2014 / Elizabeth Bennett

Expert nutritionist Vicki Edgson shares a fresh and 5:2 friendly poached egg recipe >>>


5:2 diet recipe: Cumin-flavoured puy lentils with ginger-steamed veg

November 11th 2014 / Elizabeth Bennett

An Indian-inspired, vegetarian recipe from expert nutritionist Vicki Edgson >>>


Pan-fried giant garlic prawns with french beans, spring onions, garlic and chilli

November 4th 2014 / Elizabeth Bennett

Nutritionist Vicki Edgson shares an easy yet impressive prawn recipe >>>


5:2 diet recipe: Chestnut mushroom 'Pomelette'

October 28th 2014 / Elizabeth Bennett

Omelettes a little too egg-heavy for you? Try Vicki Edgson's ‘pomlette’, or pancake omelette, for a tasty alternative >>>

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