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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Spruce (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846014522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846014529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Dowden has a degree in Food Science from Nottingham University and has worked in the food industry for eight years as a nutritionist. For the last 15 years she has also worked as a journalist, writing for everybody from the World Cancer Research Fund to Closer magazine, covering everything from energy density and the fat content of minced beef to the latest celebrity diet. In 2012 she was awarded Nutrition and Health Writer/ Broadcaster of the Year. Her nutrition philosophy is fad-free and pragmatic; she loves food and doesn't do lectures on lentils (although she thinks they're lovely too!).

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5 feasts, 2 fasts = live long, feel great, lose weight!

About the Author

Angela has a degree in Food Science from Nottingham University and has worked in the food industry for eight years as a nutritionist. For the last 15 years she has also worked as a journalist, writing for everybody from the World Cancer Research Fund to Closer magazine, covering everything from energy density and the fat content of minced beef to the latest celebrity diet. In 2012 she was awarded Nutrition and Health Writer/ Broadcaster of the Year. Her nutrition philosophy is fat-free and pragmatic; she loves food and doesn't do lectures on lentils (although she thinks they're lovely too!).

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 8 Mar. 2013
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Am loving the recipes in this book and the way they principles of 5:2 are explained so well at the front too. My partner is doing the fast days with me so it's worth cooking something a bit special and different and these fit the bill. I'll probably halve the recipe that are for 4, or just save leftovers for my second fast day two days later. I think this is a well written and well researched book - it's got lots or tips and tricks to keep you going and answered a lot of questions I had about how best to do it. Check out the look inside bit to get a flavour.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 7 Mar. 2013
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This is the best book I could find on 5:2. It is informative and easy to follow, with loads of different ideas. I am yet to find a recipe I don't like, so far they have all been really tasty. Can't recommend enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fionafew on 27 Mar. 2014
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There are some great recipes in this book, including some grab and go bites on those fasting days - which is what we're all after to help keep us going and to not grab the biscuit tin. Could have done with more pictures in my book, as I find visuals easier to help me decide what to eat.
I would recommend though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2013
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We are all being constantly extolled to watch our weight and to get fit. Dieting goes in fashion and undoubtedly the latest fashion is the two days a week fasting diet. Amongst other things it is claimed to reduce your blood sugar levels which is helpful given that Type 2 Diabetes has reached almost epidemic proportions in the Western World.

This diet restricts calorie intake on the two days to 500 calories a day for women and 600 a day for men. The other five days you are allowed to eat fairly normally, although this book points out that it is helpful to your weight loss programme if you do not go overboard.

There is a helpful introduction which explains how intermittent fasting works and outlines the health benefits. It also explains what 500 calories might look like in terms of meals in a day which is quite helpful as 500 calories is really not very much. It extols the virtues of fruit and veg on fasting days and also give top tips for beginners and the ten ways to make this diet work for you. There is a snack and treats section which suggests 50 different treats of up to 100 calories and a further 50 up to 50 calories.

The recipe sections are clearly set out with ingredients and methodology all easy to follow and with a calorie count per serving. You do need to take note of how many each recipe serves though, as it is not uniform throughout the book and it would be quite easy to consume extra calories if you got it wrong. The Lemon Grass Fish Skewers and the Chicken Satay recipes are delicious and a godsend for any Barbeque season. Many of these recipes could be enjoyed by the whole family. There are good ideas in the Top Tips which occur every few pages at the bottom of recipes and even suggestions for fruity desserts and low calorie cakes.

This book is a very good aid for anyone thinking about embarking on the 5:2 Fasting Diet.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jr Lorrimer VINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
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I've been using the 5:2 system now for nearly five months with great results, but am keen to explore new recipe ideas as I'm getting a little bored of the ones I've already picked up from other books/websites that have jumped on the fast diet bandwagon.
The information at the start of this book is easy to follow, motivational and I like the bulleted tips on each page, but it all feels like someone has read the original book by Michael Mosley and just rewritten it to cash in. This was bound to happen given it's success so at the very least I was hoping for some inspiring new recipes. However - the main problem with most of these recipes is that many of them are for large servings. This is okay if you want to freeze up to eight portions in to batches or you share a house with a large number of 5:2'ers but I'd really like to see someone write a 5:2 recipe book with recipes for one serving - using ingredients I can find easily in my local supermarket, that doesn't involve marinating for several hours and (more importantly) with each ingredient including a calorie count so I can customise the recipe to suit and take out all the guess work.
The list of snacks is a good idea but is in such a random order it's hard to use if you can't look something up quickly.
If you're thinking of starting the 5:2 I'd recommend getting Michael Mosley's book before this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Claire Moore on 25 Feb. 2014
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Just the thing to help me cope on my two 'thin' days. It gets easier each time as I know what meals I can put together and keep to my 500 calories.
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First of all for a cookbook/recipe book for a hot current diet brand I did not expect such poor and cheap production quality.
I have recipe books aimed at cheap affordable meals (ie student) that have better quality paper and printing than this one. Don't try and cook with this book open because one splash of liquid and the paper will warp spectacularly.

Then the content:
The first chunk of the book is given over the rules where's, why's, how's and what's about the diet layout in near paragraphs in a question/issue answered approach- I skipped over the exact details of this as i bought this for hubby as I am exempt as currently breastfeeding and was more interested in the recipes.

The recipes are organised into 100, 200 and 300 calorie recipes.
Of the 100 calories many are 'cheat recipes' as while yes the variation on hummus may well be under 100 calories but we well know that the hummus is going to be scooped up by crudités or spread on something all of which is not factored in to the calorie count. Though the fact they've tried to give low calorie options is good.
The recipes in the rest of the sections are uninspiring if you are interested in food anyway - nothing here I hadn't seen in bbc good food magazine over the years or in any decent recipe book - some even with no adaptation for saving calories- (my recipe for mushroom stroganoff is naturally lighter in calories going by their recipe!)

If you aren't a foodie then there are some nice inspiring meals for you to try but do tend to lean away from typically British or French cuisines- again if you aren't a foodie some recipes may be a bit adventurous at first.

Overall disappointing if you like food and are pretty proficient in how to cook however could be inspiring and attainable if you aren't too confident in the kitchen.
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