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Latest Dieting Trend: The 2-Day Diet by Dr Michelle Harvie and Professor Tony Howell

Like so many around me, I am constantly searching for a suitable way to lose weight. I have the added obstacle of breastfeeding at the moment and so must wait until my son will take cows’ milk, but that has not stopped me looking for a solution to my three-stone lifebelt (which ironically would in fact help me to drown in such a situation rather than float).

My younger sister has recommended me a number of terrible diets, mainly crash diets where you eat an extremely low amount of calories, which seem just beyond belief. One diet someone told me about consisted of drinking purely lime juice for a week, eating a cube of cheese when you found yourself at the point of collapse. As someone from a healthcare background, I would never recommend such a thing: it is just stupid. The best way to diet is to lose weight at a slow, controlled pace. Only then can we expect it to last. The problem I find is that I just get too hungry and end up foraging through the cupboards and eating the unhealthiest thing that jumps at me first.

When I heard about The 2-Day Diet, I didn’t believe it could be true. Diet for two days of the week, and eat as I please for the other five? Surely not…

I was wrong. The 2-Day Diet, written by Dr Michelle Harvie and Professor Tony Howell is a book based on the clinically-proven 5:2 diet. The principle is simple: two days of the week you follow a low-carb plan, and the rest of the week you can eat anything provided you eat relatively sensibly (no big greasy kebabs with piles of chips!). On the diet days, you can only consume certain foods, such as fruit, vegetables, water, milk or Bovril.

When the diet was trialled, those who followed the 2-day plan lost more weight than their counterparts following a day-to-day calorie controlled diet, and shed more fat, more centimetres around the waistline, and had more success when maintaining their goal weight.

Not only does the book provide clear guidance to make your diet as easy and safe as possible, there are over 100 suitable recipes for filling meals as well as daily meal planners to help you organise your diet better. The diet itself has been described as “a unique way of eating that can completely retrain your appetite” and claims to have a number of health benefits you can’t ignore, including lowering the blood pressure, reducing the risk of certain cancers, improving well-being and energy levels among others.

The ‘diet for a day’ concept has been found in a number of other diets, including the Dukan Diet, popular among French women.

Is it worth a try? If you have tried other diets and have found yourself hitting a ceiling with your weight loss or have had difficulty keeping the weight off, then definitely. If like me you find you are hungry when you have to limit your intake every day, then again, this diet could be right up your street.

The book is due to be released on February 14th, but if you can’t wait, check out the Daily Mail this week for a sneak peek into this revolutionary diet concept!

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