Benefits of the 5:2 Diet

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Thanks for clicking on another blog post of Right NOW Fitness based in Mornington on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Nutrition when it comes to losing weight and feeling better is one of if the most important factors. Late the people I work with, family and friends from Flinder to Mornington, from Portsea to Hastings and from Rosebud to Balnarring and more have all been asking about The Fast Diet also known as the 5:2 diet. So I asked rightnowfit.com.au writer Sara Hanton to write us up a quick blog post. I hope you all enjoy.

The word “fasting” always seems to be of negative connotation, with no long term benefits whatsoever. Therefore, how could a diet known for its intermittent fasting become so popular over the media, with astounishing results and incredibly happy clients? After all, how could someone be happy if they can’t eat for a long period of time? That being said, I decided to do some digging on the 5:2 diet, also known as Fast Diet, to see what all the fuss was about. Basically, the 5:2 diet entails that you eat normally for five days a week and restrict your calories to 500-600 per day for two consecutive days. Turns out, there are some amazing benefits to the Fast Diet that are great for both bodybuilders and those looking to lose weight in the long term.

1. Lowered Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that fasting for two days a week can improve your blood pressure, as the body takes a “break” from pumping blood to process nutrients eaten.

2. Lowered Insulin Sensitivity

Our insulin levels tend to spike when we eat more than 50g of sugar per day, depending on each person’a sensitivity level, which causes the dreaded sugar crash afterwards. As you fast, you cut down the amount of sugar you take in at least twice a day, so your body’s insulin sensitivity improves and you can eat a little more sugar without the immediate crash afterwards.

3. Lowered Cholesterol Levels

As your fasting, you tend to eat more good fats rather than bad, as you’re conscious about your calories on days you fast and days you don’t. Therefore, most people see an improvement in their cholesterol levels as they do the 5:2 diet.

4. Decreased Weight

If you eat normally, without overeating, during the five day period you are not restricted, it has been shown that you could lose around 1 pound per week doing the 5:2 Diet. Of course, don’t exercise when you are eating only 500 calories a day, as it could be dangerous.

Sarah Hanton – Right NOW Fitness

Right NOW Fitness – Personal Training & Small Group Sessions (Group Fitness) based in Mornington