Have you heard of the 5:2 aka Fast Diet? Dr Michael Mosley made a Horizon TV documentary about it a few years back. It fast (sorry!!) became a popular lifestyle choice for many Brits going by the number of Facebook groups and books dedicated to 5:2.
I don’t like the word ‘diet’. It conjures up images of life devoid of the pleasures of good food and I purposefully avoid using the 'd' word with clients. I wanted to better understand 5:2 not for the (shhh) diet element but to see if the ‘fast’ part of it (as in not eating much rather than in the speed sense of the word) could help with skin issues.
If you’re wondering what the heck 5:2 even means, it’s another name for ‘intermittent fasting’. On 2 days each week, you cap your calorie intake at 500 (for women or 600 for men). If you want to know more about the ins and outs of 5:2, I wrote a whole heap about it for Plenish Cleanse.
You might be thinking: isn’t 5:2 for weight loss?
That’s one of the benefits for sure, based on simple arithmetic.
When calories consumed are only 500 on each fasting day (women) or 600 (men), it's a significant decrease vs the recommended daily intake of 2000kcal (women) or 2500kcal (men).
This equates to a calorie reduction each week of around 3000kcal (women) or 3800kcal (men) over the 2 fasting days. This usually leads to steady weight loss of about half a kilo per week, depending on what you choose to eat when you're not fasting.
More exciting (to me at least!) is that 5:2 can help decrease inflammation in the body. And great skin starts with minimising inflammation.
Inflammation does not help us to get Gloriously Well. Quite the opposite. It’s closely connected to many conditions including some serious heavy-hitters like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes. It also plays a central role in skin flare-ups like acne, eczema and rosacea.
Intermittent fasting switches on DNA-repair genes that help reduce inflammation in the body. This helps the skin to heal and repair as cells are renewed more rapidly. Plus production of a hormone called somatropin increases, helping to minimise wrinkles and fine lines.
Sounds too good to be true
I agree. It takes a while to get used to the idea that eating less (I admit, quite significantly less but it IS doable, I’ve tried it) 2 days a week can help to improve your skin.
However the skin-boosting impact is hugely dependent on what you eat on the other 5 days. No point fasting 2 days a week then having stodge and sugar the other days. The Glorious Wellness principles of Clean Up and Crowd Out can help keep you on the path to glowing skin.
If your skin is misbehaving or you're fed up of feeling flat, book in for a complimentary wellness review today and let's see how we can get you glowing with good health.
Until next time.
Be glorious. Stay well.