My 5 2 Diet Review – Why I Wouldn’t Even Bother

5-2-diet-reviewWhen I was asked to write a 5 2 diet review,  I decided to look into it as much as possible. My first instincts were “Well, this goes against all instincts”, and I was right.

It doesn’t make sense to fast for 2 days and eat whatever you want for 5, but then again, people don’t really care what does and doesn’t make sense when they want to lose weight.

I bet you are more likely to be thinking “Just give me whatever works!”

The Big Question In This 5 2 Diet Review –  Does it work? “Apparently” it does.

I’ve seen lots of testimonials that suggest it works, plenty of skeptical people “gave it a try” and were pretty happy with the results.

I’ve not personally met anyone who succeeded though, just a few people who said it looked good, and that they were going to try it, and I heard nothing more after that.

Funny that they either didn’t follow it up, or just couldn’t succeed.

Anyway, putting aside my friends’ lack of success, let’s go back to why I wouldn’t even bother, regardless of how many success stories are out there.

1.) There are always going to be plenty of success stories out there. Did those people succeed because of the plan? Or because they were determined to lose weight anyway? You could win a race wearing red socks, but was it the socks that did it?

2.) We need balance. The sun goes up every day, there are 24 hours in every day. We need to eat the same (or similar) every day. This is how we evolved, and you can’t honestly expect it to be a good thing to starve yourself 2 days of the week.

Only eating 500 calories a day is basically starving yourself. Your body NEEDS those calories to function.

3.) It’s unnecessary. There are far more easy ways to lose weight without going to extreme lengths (Any form of dieting or calorie counting is extreme). Just balance out your lifestyle and your body will balance itself out too.

If you want to know more about what I mean by balance, read about the ideal breakfast here.

How The 5 2 Diet works

The diet is based on the simple “5:2” ratio. On 5 days you eat whatever you want, even if that includes pizza and dessert. The other 2 days you only eat about 25% of your recommended daily intake.

Basically, it’s the mantra “I’m only starving myself for 2 days a week”…..and then probably overeating for 5.

The diet is so appealing to many because it plays to the biggest fear that most people have: Losing weight is extremely difficult and requires zen-like discipline. (It’s not – check this out).

I’m sure when you heard about this diet you thought “wow, that sounds pretty good, AND I can eat whatever I want on the other 5 days?”

Man..I’d love a part-time diet too.

What I find troubling is that the diet, like so many others, fails to address the fundamental reason we get overweight in the first place. There’s nothing about balance and control. There’s nothing about an active lifestyle. There’s nothing about science.

Even the homepage of the site itself says “hey, it just works!”

Being Bulimic just “works” too.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s not good to overindulge from time to time. I’m not saying “balance and control” means “be boring and always watch what you eat” – quite the opposite in fact.

I never pay much attention to what I eat, because I start my day correctly, and give my body everything it needs as soon as I wake up. After that it’s just fun for the day.

If you really want to be able to lose weight while enjoying food, then you really ought to read this. It’s what I do, it’s what millions of others do, and it’s simple.

By the way, I still don’t see how spending two whole days controlling your diet and massively limiting your food intake is any easier than a regular diet.

You try telling a smoker to just smoke 25% of their normal intake for 2 days. They won’t believe you when you say those days are only 24 hours long.

There are lots of different methods of “avoiding” a bit of discipline and change. There are also plenty of gimmicks out there for dealing with the fact that most of us are afraid of failing.

It seems to me that the 5:2 diet is just another one of these methods, so regardless of whether it works, it’s ultimately no better than anything else that has come along, and it’s not going to stop you putting weight on again (unlike this).

Equally, it’s going to be difficult, it’s going to take a reasonable amount of change to your habits.

Oh, and it will probably be forgotten pretty soon too.

So yes, maybe this diet will lose some weight for you, but let me tell you, it’s not a smart way to lose weight, and it’s not a healthy way.

It’s likely to result in failure as well.

Ready to really lose weight without trying some new gimmicks? Read here.

 

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