It seems that after the Horizon programme on the BBC last week, a lot of people have decided to take on the 5:2 diet. A lot of you have posted comments on this blog and have only mentioned a couple of negative side effects, which are:
• Bad breath (also called halitosis): this is normal. If the bacteria on your tongue lies undisturbed for long periods of time, it can build up and cause a bad smell. This can be avoided by drinking lots of water herbal tea such as green or peppermint. Also, when the body has run out of its carbohydrate reserves it starts to break down glucose stored in your liver and muscles. After this, your body starts to break down fat stores. Ketones, which are a waste product of this fat breakdown can cause bad breath. Those of you who have tried the Atkins diet may have experienced this before.
• Increased sweating: not sure why this may be, but if anyone knows then please let me know!
The negative and positive effects of any lifestyle change depend completely on…EVERYTHING! The negative and positive effects of the 5:2 diet won’t be the same for a 50 stone man and a 9 stone woman. The effects won’t be identical for a 90-year old active woman and a 17 year old sedentary boy. The following variables can all have an impact on what effects you find when dieting using the 5:2 method:
…you get the idea! If you’re looking for firm answers about ‘what happens when you go on the 5:2 diet’ or ‘how much weight per week you lose on the 5:2 diet’, you’ll never ever find the answer; because there isn’t one answer for everyone. Just do what you’re comfortable with and what works for you. If you feel like you might collapse when you’re only eating 500 calories on your fast days, then you need to listen to your body and make an educated decision from there.
It’s great to hear people’s comments about this diet, so keep it up! Next week (and twice every week for the next two months) we’ll be hearing from a guest blogger who has taken on the 5:2 diet. Should be interesting to follow someone’s journey through the real thing!
- Help for Halitosis (topdentists.com)
- Living the long life (learningfromdogs.com)
- What is ADF? (weeatthings.com)