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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 and Fast 800 diet is all about, and everything from easy meal plans for 500-800 calorie fast days to deliciously healthy 5:2 recipes. Here you'll find healthy recipes under 800 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, made famous by Dr Michael Mosley, before you start your intermittent fasting journey...

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These are habits of successful intermittent fasting and 5:2 dieters

July 10th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

Dr Michael Mosley answers 11 key questions to help you succeed at the Fast 800 or 5:2 diet. Good news, it's surprisingly simple >>>

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5 chocolate desserts and snack recipes to make from the Fast 800 Diet

April 26th 2020

From brownies to chocolate mousse, satisfy your sweet tooth with these healthy treats >>>

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A healthy alternative to hot cross buns? Count us in

April 9th 2020

We're all over these hot cross bun protein balls by Michael Mosley (sorry Lindy bunny) >>>

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The 800 calorie diet just got a whole lot easier

April 1st 2020

The 800 Calorie diet that's simple to follow - here's what you need to now about Exante >>>

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Dr Michael Mosley: why a low carb breakfast will help you lose weight - and the recipes you need

March 11th 2020 / Victoria Woodhall

Forget high-fat or low-fat breakfasts, it's low-carb that will stop the mid-morning snack attacks >>>

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Dr Michael Mosley: why full-fat milk is better for weight loss

February 5th 2020

Meanwhile skimmed milk can make it harder to keep the pounds off, according to the doctor behind the Fast 800 Diet. He explains how your milk choice, whether it's plant-based or dairy, affects your weight and health >>>

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

January 6th 2020 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

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

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The new online platform that helps you stick to an 800 calorie a day diet

January 24th 2019 / Anna Hunter

Dr Michael Mosley’s Fast 800 Mediterranean-style diet programme has gone digital, with advice from doctors, exercise plans and even a mindfulness programme. Here’s what’s new and how to sign up >>>

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Why Dr Michael Mosley is hailing the return of meal replacement shakes

January 9th 2019

He made the 5:2 diet popular and his new Fast 800 plan features meal replacement shakes for the first time. Here’s how Dr Michael Mosley went from a shake skeptic to advocating 200 calorie smoothies >>>

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Time Restricted Eating: why when you eat matters

January 7th 2019 / Anna Hunter

TRE, or time restricted eating, is fast becoming a diet buzzword for 2019. Here’s why some experts reckon that eating within a specific window has benefits for everything from weight loss to dental health >>>

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The new health and nutrition books to have on your bookshelf

December 26th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru / Victoria Woodhall

From The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley to The Angry Chef’s latest launch and Joe Wicks’ new veggie book, here’s what you’ll be reading in 2019 >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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Spicy Stuffed Red Pepper from The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book

November 23rd 2017

This spicy stuffed red pepper is a healthy vegetarian dish perfect if you're wondering what to cook tonight... >>>

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Recipe: Lamb Tagine from The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book

November 22nd 2017

Created by Dr Clare Bailey, GP and wife of Dr Michael Mosley, this Lamb Tagine is an easy to make dinner idea that's packed full of flavour. >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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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… >>>

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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… >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>>

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