Of all of the dieting trends out there right now, the 5:2 has ceased to be just a fad. Can you take CBD when you're on antidepressants? What you need to know An intermittent fasting diet which involves eating very few calories on two days, and eating normally on five, it’s rumoured to have been praised by all kinds of celebrities from Beyoncé to Philip Schofield. Originally, the rules stipulated that women should eat 500 calories during the two fast days, and men 600. But now, the diet’s creator Dr Michael Mosley has decided to relax those rules a little bit, and reportedly admitted in the Mail on Sunday that eating 800 calories is ‘almost as effective and for some people much more ‘doable’.’: ‘It’s low calorie, without being super low-calorie,’ he said. ‘And if you want to have lunch, you can slip those extra 200 calories in there.’ For those dedicated to the diet, this will be a much-welcome relief. But as someone that could never conceive of eating … [Read more...] about The 5:2 diet has relaxed its calorie count, but is it any better for us?
Go onto fitness Instagram and you’re bombarded by influencers telling you how much better their gains are now they’re eating more. They look incredible, obviously. And yet…they seem to be eating umpteen hundred more calories than we are. It seems unbelievable that someone can look so much more toned when they’re eating way more. But they have a point. Sometimes you really do need to up your calorie and nutrient uptake in order for the body to metabolise better. Consistently undereating can obviously lead to weight loss, but if you’re exercising regularly, it can also prompt the body to start clinging on to whatever nourishment comes its way. Your muscles stop growing and fat cells stay because the body is under so much stress. Our brains are clever things but when it comes to stress, they can’t differentiate what’s a psychological stressor and what’s a physical one; when you’re exercising like mad and cutting kcals, the body can react in a similar way to perceive … [Read more...] about How to calculate how many calories you genuinely need (you might be pleasantly surprised!)