How to succeed at the 5-2 diet – grilling!
07 Nov 2013|
Many people will have heard of the famous 5:2 diet and the wonders it has worked for friends, family and even celebrities. Though it seems a new dietary fad arrives and disappears in the blink of an eye, only to be replace by the next trending weight loss plan, the 5:2 diet seems to be one which is set to stay.
So, what does this diet consist of and how can grilling help you succeed at it?
The 5:2 diet involves eating a normal amount of food for five days in a week and then fasting for the other two. These two fasting days must be non-consecutive and don't actually involve eating no food whatsoever but rather limiting your intake.
Men are permitted 600 calories a day when fasting, and women 500.
This type of intermittent fasting is supposed to lead to greater weight loss and other health benefits, including relaxing your digestive system, increasing lifespan and reducing or slowing cognitive decline.
The NHS reports that there is limited medical evidence for these claims but numerous people report success from this diet. The truth is that with the right motivation and dedication you can succeed at any diet but there are ways in which appliances can give you a boost.
How can grilling help you succeed?
There are a number of ways in which you can help yourself through the fasting days without increasing your calorie intake, though one of the most popular is through the use of healthy kitchen appliances that cook food so it is low in fat and retains natural nutrients.
Appliances such as a George Foreman Grill or vegetable steamer can really help you when it comes to making healthy food, keeping calorie intake low on difficult fasting days.
George Foreman grills are probably the most widely recognised grills and are available in a range of sizes to suit different households. The GR2060 Compact GFX Health Grill can hold 3 portions, perfect for those living alone or with a partner, while the larger 12205 Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine Health Grill is perfect for families with double the portion capacity.
Grilling can be a great way to lower the amount of calories you consume, as long as you aren't grilling high fat meats. This is due to the way in which most grills are designed to remove excess grease and fat that accumulates during cooking.
This usually can't be done when you fry foods, which is why they often appear quite greasy. Health fryers like the Philips HD9240/90 Advance Airfryer are a great alternative which limit the amount of oil used, but modern grills can be used to cook anything from meat and vegetables to sandwiches.
Things to remember
Sticking to the principles of the 5:2 diet requires self-discipline and won't work if those on it fast for two days but continue to eat bad foods in unhealthy amounts over the other five.
Those dieting should look to introduce a balanced and healthy eating plan and avoid excessive consumption of any foods but especially bad fats (saturated fats), sugar and caffeine. If followed properly, you may find you begin to feel a difference in your energy levels and general health and see a difference in your weight.
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