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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent guide to the 5:2 diet with great recipes, 21 May 2013
I was given a copy of this book by the author, because I am one of the contributors quoted in it. I wasn't paid to be in it, nor have I been paid to write this review, but I thought I'd be upfront about my link with the book. I have read the book by Michael Moseley and Mimi Spencer as well, and have no links with that one at all. Personally I think this one is more useful from a practical point of view, as it has loads of good recipes.
It starts with an overview of the diet, its health benefits and how it works, with some good questions answered in a Q&A section (and some quotes from people who have done the diet for a while about how they find it, me included).
Then it has a four-week plan to kickstart the diet. I didn't do this when I started the diet, but I can see it might be useful for some people who prefer not to wing it.
Pages 79 to 210 are full of recipes, loads of which look like they are really tasty. I haven't used any of them yet but they look good, and very helpfully the calories counts of each ingredient are given so if you want to omit some you can easily work out the total calorie count, which is essential if you are trying to stick to 500 calories on your fast day.
I think this touch is genius and really makes the book worth it - an overall calorie count wouldn't be as helpful. The individual ones also mean you can substitute ingredients because you can easily find out calorie counts.
In addition, at the end of the book is a calorie reference section with lists of foods and calorie counts, which will help with creating new meals.
The book also has an exercise section which I haven't read as I do my own thing, but might be useful for some people. I may take the odd exercise from it but I doubt I'll do the whole thing.
Overall I think this is a brilliant practical guide to the 5:2 diet with lots of recipes and helpful breakdowns of calories.
I've gone from a size 12-14 to a size 8-10 in 14 weeks, have a flat tummy, thinner thighs and almost no cellulite and am pretty evangelical about this way of eating, and I think this book would help anyone to start changing their eating habits and reaping the benefits of the 5:2.