If it's the "5/2" diet, the idea is 2 days of "fasting" where you limit yourself to 500 calories or so, heavy on the low-starch vegetables & lean protein, skipping starches like bread and potatoes and most fruit. Theoretically, on the 5 days where you eat, it's "within healthy guidelines", NOT a whatever you want, hog-wild extravaganza of pigging out. You can include bread and potatoes and treats, but within reason. Not a whole half gallon of ice cream or an entire bowl full of Olive Garden's Fettucini Alfredo. Or an entire evening of "grazing" on junk food while you watch tv.
The problem with this diet, which is the same problem with every "diet", is that for the most part, when people lose the weight they go right back to the same way they were eating before. And gain all the weight back. They're not following a plan that teaches them how to eat for the rest of their lives.
That's why I love Spark so much-- this is something I CAN do, for the rest of my life. No food is off limits. I can eat a doughnut if I want to. Or I can choose to eat an apple and some almonds, and still have some calories left to eat something else later on.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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