NEW research shows that the 5:2 diet plan – eating normally for five days, then fasting for two days – is one of the few diets that people actually stick to.
Today, I look at ways to do the 5:2 regimen, where you eat between 500 and 800 calories on fasting days, while our Beauty Editor tests topical treatments.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
Plan Jane – The company sends you food packages with the menu and has Nutrition expert on hand to talk to.
This is delicious food that comes in packs that last a long time.
I love chicken meat jambalaya (244 cals) and shredded pork (327 cals).
Great variety, plenty and delicious, and it promotes long-term healthy eating habits with lots of fresh vegetables incorporated.
The downside is that you need to shop extra for the sides of the vegetables.
A 5:2 a month supply costs £62 – that’s eight breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
1:1 Diet – Does it teach you healthy eating habits? Is not.
Is it bars, shakes and soups? It’s correct.
But if you want support, convenience, no extra shopping, and satisfying pieces, this is great.
Each pack contains about 200 cals, with all the vitamins and nutrients you need.
I love it and I love the support from Donna Amrani, an award-winning consultant who texts me regularly to keep me motivated, weighing and measuring me weekly.
You can even eat peanut bars (that taste wonderful) for breakfast. I am a convert.
Each meal is around £2.62 (£15.72 a week).
Think fruit juice – Think Press brings cold-pressed, frozen organic juices to your door.
You defrost them a day before you need them.
Its new 5:2 pack includes five drinks ranging from 500 to 600 cals.
This plan makes you feel very healthy.
I love the Fresh Green smoothie with cucumber, apple, spinach, lemon and ginger.
I am ordering more for the freezer.
They’re perfect for as we start to have some warmer weather. From £45 per week.
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
Budget – 2% anhydrous common salicylic acid solution, £5.20 for 30ml, reverence. co.uk
A water-free, squalane-based serum that is much gentler than most salicylic spot treatments, which can leave skin dry and flaky, but still effectively removes dead skin cells that cause spot – Perfect for those with sensitive or dehydrated skin.
I like the dry oil texture but find it doesn’t really sink in, so I use it at night instead of makeup.
My skin is definitely a lot clearer now, but this serum works best at removing blackheads rather than drying out active ones.
Favorite: Between – Avène Cleanance Localized Drying Emulsion, £12 for 15ml, boots.com
I expected this to be a white, chalky solution like other dry spot treatments I’ve tried.
But it feels so silky I can wear makeup.
You can apply this product up to three times a day, but twice was enough for me to see a very noticeable improvement.
It reduces the redness, swelling, and soreness on my acne, and makes my skin less oily.
It’s great if you have acne, because you don’t need to put on a mask.
Luxurious– Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur + Niacinamide Spot Treatment, £20 for 15ml, spacenk.com
Soothing niacinamide, anti-bacterial tea tree and sulfur make for a cocktail against serious wounds.
The gel prevents breakouts from developing soon after it’s applied, so the earlier you spot breakouts, the better the results.
But it’s very dry, so if you have super sensitive skin, this might be too harsh.
And be warned: As with any sulfur product, it has a rather strong scent.
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