It seems to be all the rage at the moment to do the 5:2 diet (or 5+2 diet). Even the National Press have recently run articles on it.
A friend of mine is starting this diet tomorrow and I have asked him to let me know how he gets on.
Supposedly you can loose 2lb a week by following this diet plan. That would be approx 26lb in 3 months (just under 2 stone weight loss in 3 months!!!!)
The way it works is that you have 2 x fasting days a week for example on a Monday and a Thursday where you have a low calorie breakfast like scrambled eggs on a small slice of toast and then you do not eat until the evening when you would just eat some grilled chicken with vegetables or salad. You need to eat less than 600 calories (500 for women) throughout the whole day. You can still drink water, black coffee or tea during the day.
Then on the other 5 days you eat normally.
The diet is supposed to have many positive health benefits such as lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease etc.
Here is a link to the wikipedia page for further information.
Here is a link to Amazon and a diet book which tells you how to follow the diet
I intend to do some more research into this diet and I will possibly try the diet myself, however I think I need to get used to the lower amount of calories I am already consuming first (for a few weeks) before venturing into new territory.
It will be interesting to see how my friend gets on with the diet and I shall be following his progress with great interest. Hopefully he will be able to provide me with some feedback that I can then post onto this blog for you all to see. Watch this space.