Can you lose weight and live longer if you are on 5:2 fasting diet? There might be some scientific reasoning to support it. The 5:2 fasting diet simply means you can eat whatever you want to eat during 5 ‘feeding days’ and then only consume 500 calories for 2 fasting days if you are female and 600 calories for male. Fasting diet might reduce blood pressure, insulin and cholesterol levels leading to the healthier life. Fasting diets are not suitable for everyone particularly these are not recommended for pregnant women.
As the name 5:2 fasting diet suggest, you are allowed to eat any thing for 5 days of week. These days are known as feeding days. However, you must chose 2 non-consecutive days for fasting or consuming maximum of 500 calories per day. There is no restriction which 5 days you should chose for feeding as long as you can keep the ration of 5:2 between feeding and fasting days. Most importantly the two fasting days cannot be consecutive.
The dieters are allowed to eat what ever they can. However, most dieters were happy with daily calorie intake of 2000 (women) or 2600 (men) without craving for high fat food.
The calorie intake has upper limit of 500 for females and 600 for males each day of fasting. Now it is up to you to decide if you want to consume all 500 calories at one time or spread it during the whole day. It will be easier for you to keep your tummy full if you use these low calories foods on two fasting days.
Is the 5:2 fasting diet healthy and help you live longer? Apparently fasting diet is healthy for you. It helps to lower levels of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1), turns on DNA repair genes and reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
The higher levels of IGF-1 can accelerate the aging process. When you are on 5:2 fasting diet, IGF-1 levels are reduced which might slow down the aging. Also healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels in your blood will lower the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
Pregnant women should avoid the 5:2 fasting diet or any other fasting diet. It is also better to consult your physician before you try the fasting diet.