On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering a viewer’s question, and sharing my opinion of the 5:2, 2-day diet plan to lose weight.
In particular, does the 5:2, 2-day diet plan work to lose weight?
Since Live Lean TV is all about educating, motivating, and inspiring you to Live Lean 365 days a year, we get asked for our thoughts on the 2-day diet a lot.
If you’ve never heard of the 2-day diet before, it’s also known as the 5:2 diet.
Before I give my thoughts on this, let me be transparent in saying that I’ve never tried the 2-day diet before.
Therefore, I’m only giving my opinion on the principles of the 5:2, 2-day diet plan, not my personal experience or results from trying it.
Based on this, here are the cliff notes version of what the 5:2, 2-day diet is.
The 5:2, 2-day diet works like this.
To start, you simply pick any 2 days a week to follow a low carbohydrate day of eating.
During these 2 low carbohydrate days, you would consume less than 50 grams of carbohydrates.
For the remaining 5 days of the week, you, I quote, “eat normally and sensibly with the help of the healthy eating guidelines.”
The preferred carbohydrate selections during these 5 days would include:
So based on these given 5:2 diet principles, do I think the 2-day diet plan works to lose weight?
I would say yes, since it seems the 2-day diet plan follows the main principle of weight loss, being in a calorie deficit.
In addition to being in a calorie deficit, the 5:2 plan also focuses on a diet comprised of lower carbohydrates foods.
This means your body will produce less insulin, thus burning more body fat for energy.
The 2-day diet plan is also very similar to another fat loss approach called carb cycling.
Carb cycling is a nutrition protocol where you have scheduled low carbohydrate and high carbohydrate days.
Like I said earlier, I’ve never personally tried the 2-day diet.
However, I think it may be easier for some people, but more difficult for others.
This approach to nutrition makes me feel better, without feeling deprived.
The 5:2, 2-day diet is just another tool in your weight loss journey.
The main principles of losing weight remain the same.
This keeps your body in fat burning mode.
If the 5:2, 2-day diet plan sounds appealing to you, go a head and try it for yourself.
However, if the 5:2, 2-day diet plan doesn’t seem appealing to you, stick to what you’re doing, if it’s working for you.
Remember, there’s no one size fits all approach to nutrition, that works for everybody.
Getting to your specific goals may take a different path than your neighbor.
Regardless of how you achieve your weight loss goals, your focus should be on eating delicious and healthy meals and snacks.
If you need more delicious and healthy food ideas on what to eat during the 5 regular days, and the 2 low carbohydrate days, we offer approximately 200 quick and healthy low carbohydrate cooking lesson recipe videos at Team Live Lean.
We also include weekly meal plans and 30 day gym and home workout programs.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.