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5:2 diet plan: 500-calorie meals

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Want to try the 5:2 diet? Follow our three-week plan to give it a go

Like the sound of intermittent fasting? The 5:2 diet is still going strong, as an increasing amount of research continues to suggest the easiest way to incorporate fasting into your lifestyle, and still gain health benefits, is to restrict your food intake to 500 calories (600 for men) two days a week. The question is – how far can 500 calories go? Quite a long way, actually. In fact, you can eat two delicious meals on a fasting day without feeling the slightest bit restricted. Sound good? Use the following meal plans to follow the diet for three weeks:

Week 1: FAST DAY ONE
Breakfast: A tangerine. Porridge (40g oats) and blueberries (145g).
Dinner: Chicken stir-fry (one chicken fillet, handful sugar snap peas, 100g cabbage, 2 carrots, ginger, coriander, garlic, soy sauce)

FAST DAY TWO
Breakfast: Yoghurt (small pot natural fat-free), blueberries (70g) and ham (40g)
Dinner: Feta Niçoise salad (1 egg, handful lettuce, handful green beans, 100g chopped cucumber, 90g feta cheese, 6 black olives)

Week 2: FAST DAY THREE
Breakfast: 1 Boiled egg and half a grapefruit
Dinner: Veggie chilli (1 large mushroom, half tin chopped tomatoes, half tin of kidney beans, garlic, half a chopped red chilli) with brown rice (80g cooked)

FAST DAY FOUR
Breakfast: Smoked salmon, a cracker and light cream cheese
Dinner: Thai prawn salad (handful of cooked prawns, grated cucumber and carrot, sesame seeds)

Week 3: FAST DAY FIVE
Breakfast: Smoked salmon (50g) and 2 scrambled eggs
Dinner: Roasted vegetable salad (10 cherry tomatoes, ½ cougette, ½ aubergine, 1 red pepper. Two tangerines

FAST DAY SIX
Breakfast: Strawberry smoothie (1 banana 100g, pot fat-free natural yoghurt 150g, large handful strawberries 50g)
Dinner: Oven-baked smoked haddock (fillet smoked haddock (200g), 1 poached egg, 100g steamed broccoli)




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