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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409146693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409146698
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Harrison is the author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books, including The 5:2 Diet Book, The Secret Shopper's Revenge, and the Soul Beach trilogy for teenagers.

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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 ( Her latest ebook is A Batch Made in Heaven, a story of love, London and baked goods...

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! And in 2015, her latest recipe book, 5:2 Good Food Kitchen was published, with great meals for both fast and non-fasting days, plus Making Sense of... a guide to understanding diet research, myths and advice.

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.

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The 5:2 diet made easy! (CLOSER)

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)

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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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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By MarieMc85 on 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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251 of 259 people found the following review helpful By MariLet on 7 April 2013
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M Downing on 14 Feb. 2014
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I enjoy my food! Consequently over the last few years I've gained weight and at aged 50 I'm over a stone over weight. It's more difficult to lose weight as I get older, as everyone will know, and although I'm not greatly over weight it is uncomfortable for me. So I bought the book six weeks ago, read it over the course of approximately 3 to 4 hours and planned for my two fast days and began. I personally stick on my fast days to drinking coffee/tea during the day including skimmed milk and a little sugar until approximately 2pm. I then have a large bowl of homemade celery soup which is filling and a banana in the afternoon to give me some energy (although I'm sure I would be ok without) and for dinner a large mushroom omelette made from two eggs with a large salad which leaves me to have a weight watchers yoghurt in the evening and a couple of celery sticks if I'm hungry. I weigh myself every two weeks. The first weigh in I lost 4lb and since then 2lb each fortnight. By reducing my calories by 3000 per week this equals a constant 1lb per week weight loss.This works for me and I've found it relatively easy! I have tried other diets and they are far more complicated, confusing and more difficult to sustain. On the 5:2 I know I can fast two days as the other five days I enjoy normal food, meals, eating out without any guilt, crisps, chocolate by sticking to the 2000 a day calories for a woman which is absolutely fine. It always fits into my week as the 'diet' is only for any two days so I can change round if necessary. The first couple of fast days are tricky but I knew I could eat well the next morning and it becomes easier over the weeks as I think the body adjusts to the new way of eating.Read more ›
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233 of 246 people found the following review helpful By Cutis on 9 Jan. 2013
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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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