Fad diets come and go. Weird and wonderful claims abound all wrapped up in various celebrity indorsements.
But every now and then a diet comes along which just seems to make some sense.
I've blogged about the "caveman" or Paleo Diet before. It seems to me that a diet (or perhaps more accurately a lifestyle or way of eating) which aligns with our evolution as omnivorous hunter-gatherers just makes sense.
Living a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle you would imagine there would be "good" eating days and "bad" days. On the good days you manage to bring down that mammoth and eat well for days. Then you have a lean patch and have to survive on a handful of berries until the next big score.
Following that "feast/famine" approach, the 5:2 diet involves intermittently fasting. I.e. on 2 non-consecutive days of the week you eat very little (500 calories for women and 600 for men) but you eat normally the other 5 days. The diet has been written about in a number of books, including one by Kate Harrison, but really gained popularity after UK medical journalist and TV personality Dr Michael Mosely tested it for a documentary.
I think I have inadvertently followed this diet on occasion when really busy. I'm going to give it a proper go though now. I'll let you know how it works. Why not leave a comment below if you are keen to give it a try too?!