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The 5:2 Diet Book: Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for just 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health [Paperback]

Kate Harrison
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14 Feb 2013

The 5:2 Diet will transform your body, your mind and your health. It's the revolutionary part-time weight loss diet with lifelong health and anti-ageing results. This is the simplest, most flexible and most health enhancing weight loss programme you'll ever follow - and with this book to guide you, you can start today. You'll still get to eat all the foods you love but enjoy incredible health benefits, with positive effects on cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and more.

Intermittent fasting is revolutionising the weight loss world. Simply by eating significantly less for one or two days a week you can trigger incredible physical and mental changes that protect your body and brain from damage and help it repair itself.

And THE 5:2 DIET BOOK - packed with tips, science, recipes, inspiration and case studies from over thirty dieters - will help you join the revolution to lose weight, boost your brain and transform your body.

And it'll even save you money, with no specialist diet foods or supplements required. No wonder it's as popular with men as it is with women - and with first-time dieters as with weight loss veterans.

Journalist and former yo-yo dieter Kate Harrison has finally won the battle with her weight - now she shares the secrets that are helping thousands of men and women transform their bodies. THE 5:2 DIET BOOK is your comprehensive guide to the wonderful world of intermittent fasting.

It includes:

. All you need to trigger the 'healing' mode that happens when you restrict your diet for as little as one day a week

. The incredible effects on your brain cells

. The transformation in the way you view hunger and food

. The cost savings you can make - saving pounds from your food bill as you lose them from your body!

. 5:2 your way - how to personalise the diet to your exact requirements and preferences

. Detailed meal plans, and simple but healthy recipes...

. Or ready-made suggestions for when you don't feel like cooking

. Hundreds of real-life tips and success stories from men and women like you

This is more than another diet craze - it's anything but crazy and it's a lifestyle you'll want to adopt for the rest of your life.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409146693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409146698
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,000 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Harrison is the author of fourteen fiction and non-fiction books, including The 5:2 Diet Book, The Secret Shopper's Revenge, and the Soul Beach trilogy for teenagers.

Kate was born in north-west England, and moved home more than a dozen times as a child. Despite writing many 'novels' at school (including a four-part thriller set in Paris), her careers officer told her she'd never make a living from stories, so instead she became a journalist at the BBC, working on news and current affairs programmes including Newsround and Panorama.

In 2003, she proved her careers teacher wrong, and published her first novel, Old School Ties. Since then, she's written more novels for adults (including The Secret Shopper series about undercover shopping, and The Boot Camp about extreme fitness!). Her thriller series for teenagers, Soul Beach, is creepier and more chilling, with a murder mystery and a frightening website to be explored (

In 2012, Kate set up a Facebook group with friends following a fasting diet, and later that year, she combined her own experiences and recipes, plus the group members' own tips, in The 5:2 Diet Book, which became a Kindle and print bestseller, and has now been published all over the world. Her Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book contains delicious recipes and meal plans, plus stories from people whose lives have been transformed by intermittent fasting. In 2013, she published 5:2 Your Life, which explores how making tiny changes on just two days each week can make you happier as well as healthier!

She's currently working on her next adult and YA novels, as well as experimenting with more 5:2 recipes. Kate loves to cook, to read and to travel. She's lived in the Netherlands and Spain, before settling by the seaside in Brighton on the south coast of England with her partner.

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The 5:2 diet made easy! (CLOSER 2013-02-26)

Harrison presents the facts, practical tips, anecdotes and recipes. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

This book is the go-to 5:2 bible... Kate's inspiring tone, motivational tips and simple menu ideas make this book a convert's best bud. (WOMEN'S FITNESS 2013-06-01)

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Feast for 5 days a week and fast for 2 to lose weight, boost your brain and transform your health.

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186 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5:2 Diet 7 April 2013
By MariLet
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on Kindle on the 18/02/2013 - I'd hadn't seen the Horizon documentary at that point and didn't really know anything about this way of eating. Kate's style of writing is so easy to read and warm that I read the whole thing in the afternoon and decided to start the very next day. I love the fact that she is someone who understands the 'fight' with weight loss and how difficult it is to stay on a diet, knowing that you will at some point fall off the wagon.

The 5:2 diet is the only diet I have actually stuck to in my life and so far I have lost nearly a stone; the support from Kate's Facebook group is invaluable for tips, advice, questions and good laughs too. I have actually bought other books on this subject since, but Kate's is the one I keep going back to, as the best. I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but felt the need to recommend this. Buy it!
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197 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply explains all you need to know 9 Jan 2013
By Cutis
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My five reasons for recommending this book:

1. The diet is fully explained in easy steps. It explains clearly how, if followed, this diet can help you lose weight easily. But losing weight seems a secondary side effect to the potential health benefits this diet (or approach to food) can offer.
2. The science behind the diet is honestly presented in laymen terms. The author does not exaggerate nor diminish the facts. Where a study has been done on mice the author points out that the 'mouse' outcome might not be the 'human' outcome. The anecdotal evidence is presented appropriately for the reader to discern and give merit to the facts. (There is an abundant supply of website addresses for further reading of much the evidence material).
3. The experience of others using the diet is represented in a series of small journal extracts. I found them very helpful as they give an overview of several different perspectives of the diet. The author does not assume her experience is the bee-all and end-all and makes this perfectly clear.
4. The author gives realistic advice and encourages the reader to adapt the diet (in moderation) to their own specific requirements. There are rules to the diet, but the author clearly wants us to find the maximum enjoyment in the diet in preference to it becoming a bane, a chore, or a sufferance. In short: doing the diet in part is better than not at all. Though the author does stress that the more deviations we take from the rules of the diet the lower the potential benefits might be.
5. I enjoyed the 'easy read' style of writing. The book was deeply informative, yet pleasantly set out. There were no dietary guilt trips or berating of the overweight. On the contrary, it was written in a very inclusive and affirming fashion that will help/inspire readers to improve their health and well-being.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars results are amazing 5 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Followed this book for the last 3 weeks and have lost 10lbs so far,quite hard on the 500 cal days but great to eat "normal" on the others much easier to stick to than a 7 day a week plan x
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, simple to follow 31 Mar 2014
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I ordered this book as it looked like the best one regarding the 5:2 diet. The diet was recommended to me by a friend who told me that there were lots of rules attached such as; you have to leave 12 hours between breakfast and dinner, no ready meals or soups etc. I thought I had better buy a book so that I knew what I was doing!
I was surprised to find how easy and straightforward this diet was. There are no rules in this book besides sticking to 500 cals or under if you are female and 600 if you are male and not to go over 2000 calories on the feasting days for a woman and 2500 for a man.
Kate explains that you need to find the approach best for you so if you want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and keep under 500 cals then, fine. If you want to skip breakfast and have lunch and dinner then that is also fine. She also explained how some people like to just have a big breakfast and some prefer to wait until dinner time. Basically, you do whatever is best for you.
I prefer to have fruit or yogurt for lunch then wait for dinner.
In my first week I lost 6lbs! I have been eating healthily and exercising for over a month and only lost 4.5lbs in that time so 6lbs in one week is excellent!
I am now on week two and finding this easy to stick to.
The book is easy to follow, informative and very down to earth with no faddy rules to follow. I would definitely recommend.
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334 of 371 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading, not Gimmicky 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have a preview copy of this book.

I have had a long-term layman's interest in food and nutrition, weight loss and exercise, and used to work in a gym. As part of that work I was measuring body composition and helping people to eat healthily and lose weight, and I was practising what I preached because I have had a life-long struggle with weight. I know from personal experience, and from working in the gym, how hard it is for people to lose weight even when doing all the right things.

I was very interested in a new approach to weight loss and health, that is, intermittent fasting. This basically means a severe restriction in calorie intake on some days and ad lib eating on others. This approach flies in the face of the received wisdom of eating little-and-often and not restricting your calorie intake too low or your metabolic rate will drop to compensate. Both these pieces of received wisdom have a scientific basis behind them. Eating induces thermogenesis, which boosts the metabolism. Long term calorie restriction results in a measurable drop in metabolic rate as measured by carbon dioxide emission. So the advice to eat little and often when trying to lose weight is reasonable, but...

But it's not the whole story. It's natural for the body to have an ebb and flow of nutrients, and the hormonal and enzyme state of the body will adapt to this. I had the sneaking unease that one reason why people often fail to lose weight is that, on the `little and often, don't dare skip breakfast' regime, the body never gets into the ebb situation. At the same time the low calorie intake might induce starvation mode. Each mini-meal is an opportunity to overeat. So I was really interested in the intermittent fasting concept because it seems to answer some of these questions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not too bad to follow, but results were too slow for what I needed
Published 3 days ago by Luckylady
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS
Great book. Easy to read & understand. Found it difficult to put down, very inspiring.
Published 5 days ago by MR DAVID G CANN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent value for money
Published 7 days ago by Cyrstal
3.0 out of 5 stars daily meals
Didnt feel the book flowed for me
Published 9 days ago by lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars 5:2 Diet
this is the best Diet I have done, in 3 months I lost 3 stone and I am still on it gone from a 22 to 16 woow
Published 11 days ago by Brenda
2.0 out of 5 stars if I'm honest i really dont know why i purchased ...
if I'm honest i really dont know why i purchased this, as there is nothing in this book that i dont already know about, Fasting i have done before so there is nothing new, guess i... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Maz
2.0 out of 5 stars Informative book but disappointing number of calorie-counted recipes
Informative book but I really wanted more practical calorie-counted recipe ideas, so was rather disappointed.
Published 13 days ago by Carolyn Player
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. So easy to read.
Published 14 days ago by joanne ingram
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Delighted, one stone down four to go
Published 15 days ago by Jill Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok, but she takes her time getting to the nitty gritty
Published 16 days ago by June Radley
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