Good news for adherents of the 5:2 diet – you can now heap a little bit more onto your meagre plate during “fast” days.
Dr Michael Mosley, who devised the weight loss regime, has addressed what is arguably his diet plan’s biggest draw back – restricting yourself to just 600 calories two days a week.
Dr Mosley accepted that sticking to such a rigid food intake in 24 hours was a push for even the most committed dieter.
So he’s made a few adjustments to the plan, which has won an army of global followers, including A-listers like Beyonce and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Dr Mosley’s new diet plan adds an additional 200 calories onto your ‘fast day’, allowing you to gorge on a maximum of 800 calories across three meals.
He also advises starting your 24-hour fasting period in the evening, so that you sleep through almost half of it, making it easier to resist the hunger pangs.
“What I’d recommend is that you have a slightly earlier supper on the evening before, and then a slighter later breakfast on the fasting day,” he told Mail Online.
“That way, you’ll be fasting for 13 hours or more overnight.”
However he warned not to waste those extra 200 calories on ’empty calories’ – normally junk or process foods that contain little nutrition.
Dr Mosley is a self-confessed nutrition nerd, who presents consumer documentary shows for BBC’s Horizon.
It was while he was doing research for the show in 2012 that he came across intermittent fasting and decided to try it out for himself.
He lost 20lbs and reversed the type 2 diabetes he had only just been diagnosed with.