5:2 What’s new

The Dirty Diet – ditch the guilt, LOVE your food

The news is out – my next non-fiction book is called The Dirty Diet: ditch the guilt, love your food – and it’s about eating the foods you love, not feeling guilty about grains or downbeat about dairy, and using the latest scientific research to reach and maintain your perfect weight.

I’ve never aimed for ‘perfect’ – and that’s what’s always stressed me out about the idea of ‘clean eating’ – apart from the fact I’d fear that it would taste of …
Read More

Why veggie makes 5:2 super-powered

For me, fasting and veggie food work in perfect harmony – whether you’re a committed veggie, a flexitarian – or you still need a little convincing to eat more greens.   

5:2 is a powerful way to boost your health and stay the ideal weight. And eating a vegetarian …
Read More

How many calories on a Fast Day?

5:2 has changed my life – so am I about to change how I do 5:2 after this article?

Michael Mosley, 5:2 pin-up and TV science presenter, has just posted his thoughts on 5 years of intermittent fasting in the Mail on Sunday – and many people are asking if they should change what they do. Here’s my verdict… (PS: the quick answer is, probably not, if it’s already working well for you!)
Read More

Recipe: Kale crisps

This dish is very much like the deep-fried crispy seaweed you get in Chinese restaurants, except it’s not deep-fried, and it’s made with kale. And only 21 calories per serving!

Read More

January food superheroes: kale & cabbage

A guide to cooking, eating and enjoying the amazing qualities of kale and cabbage, the dieter’s friend. Until quite recently, cabbage was a Cinderella veg. But now kale and other cabbages are getting their highly deserved moment in the sun, as this group of nutritious and delicious vegetables is in vogue. Treat them right, and you’ll banish memories of stinky cabbage forever.


Read More

3 winning ways to lose weight for good in 2017

Are you ready to make this the year you reach the weight you want? And stay there? You can do it, with the right mental approach. Here are 3 winning ways you can use with 5:2 to help you feel and look at your healthy best…

Many of us have been through the “new year, new you cycle”: starting afresh on January 1, only to fall off the wagon after a few days …
Read More

New Year inspiration: 5 dazzling ways to welcome 2017!

How are you feeling about the new year? For lots of people I know – and for me – it’s roll on 2017 after a year that could best be described as absolute pants… (ahem) mixed. And if you’re visiting this site for weight loss/health inspiration, you might be fearing another year of starting with good intentions and then failing before January is out…

For the last decade, I’ve spent a few hours at ‘Twixtmas’ reviewing my year, and making plans for the new one. I love the ritual, but this year I’ve had mixed feelings. Like many people, I reckon I’ve had my fill on 2016. Yet as I got stuck in, I realised even my regrets – I’ve had a few – help me see what I want more on in the new year. That might be better health, more time with friends, feeling more confident…
Read More

Calling veggie 5:2 people – can you inspire others?

I’m looking for people who might be interested in inspiring others with their 5:2 story. If you might be able to help – and you’re interested in veggie and vegan eating, even if you don’t eat a wholly meat-free diet – I’d be really grateful if you would fill in my survey.
Read More

4 Lessons from 4 fab years doing 5:2

Hooray – today is my fourth ‘fastiversary’ – it’s exactly four years since I embarked on my first ‘intermittent fast.’ I’m still a healthy weight – 30lbs less than when I began this journey in 2012, and I still fast once or twice a week, depending on what I’ve been eating or doing the previous week.

Here, then, are four things I’ve learned from four years of 5:2…
Read More

Soup vs. Juice: why soup wins when it comes to health

Juicing is the latest trendy way to shift the pounds: from juice bars offering potions at £5+, to juice-only cleanses, and high-tech machines that can grind anything (but cannot go in the dishwasher).

Me? I’ve stayed loyal to my first love: soup. For me, juice is over-rated, over-priced and over-sweet. Whereas soup is that rarest of foods: a true comfort food that fills you up, and helps you stay a healthy weight.

Read my top 5 reasons – or watch my video – and I think you’ll agree – soup is the winner in the battle of the liquid lunch.
Read More

Miracles don’t exist…

Why miracles don’t exist… but 5:2 is the key to success

apples-634572_1920We all love the idea of a weight loss miracle – a food, supplement or milk-shake that will burn fat or undo all the damage caused by days, months or even years of poor decisions.

maple-709988_1920
Read More

Winning strategies to reach the weight you want

Winning strategies to help you reach the weight you want this year

sparkler-677774_1280

Are you ready to make this the year you reach the weight you want? And stay there? You can do it, with the right mental approach. Here are 3 winning strategies you can use with 5:2 to help you feel and look at your healthy best…

Many of us have been through the “new …
Read More

Gifts ideas for fasting fans!

golden gift

That time again… and if you’re anything like me, you want to give something that will actually be used, rather than secretly placed on the charity shop pile (I’m talking about you, bath salts). Or maybe you’re being asked for ideas from friends and family who want to buy YOU something lovely. Well, here are a few ideas for gifts that will help you or a loved one … And they’re …
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 30

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 29

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 28

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 27

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 26

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 25

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 24

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 23

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 22

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 21

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 20

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 19

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 18

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 17

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 16

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 15

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 14

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 13

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 12

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 11

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 10

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 9

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 8

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 7

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 6

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 5

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 4

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 3

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2. Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group. Day 3: the future’s bright!
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 2

2

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2.  Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone, or if you’re on Facebook, there’s the option to share your thoughts to help others in the group.  Are you on board?

Here’s my answer:

I have been a yoyo dieter since I lived on cottage cheese and …
Read More

Super-Charged September – Day 1

1

Super-charged September is designed as a boost to get you back on track with 5:2.  Every day for a whole month, there’s a challenge or a question or an inspiration to help you: the idea is you do it alone or share your thoughts to help others in the group.  Are you on board?

Here are my answers:

I hated being the most overweight I’ve ever been and I was sick of normal calorie-controlled dieting so I thought …
Read More

FastFest: 3 ways to tweak 5:2 to suit you

There are lots of variations of intermittent fasting: I see it as a strategy or a framework, not a ‘diet’ that bans anything. But to give you a sense of how you can adapt 5:2 to suit your needs, here’s a quick guide: for much more, read my newest book, 5:2 Good Food Kitchen which has dozens of delicious recipes, plus must-have  guidance on how to succeed at 5:2!

Fine tuning 5-2 pros & cons

FastFest Best Convenience Foods for 5:2

I love cooking from scratch, but sometimes I don’t have time, or want to focus on other things… so this graphic will help you choose well on Fast Days… and non-fasting days, too. Quick can also mean tasty and healthy!
Read More

3 Lessons from 3 Years of 5:2 Fasting

As part of my Fastiversary ‘fastfest’ celebrations, here are the three lessons I’ve learned from 3 years of fasting: I hope you’ll find them helpful too: do feel free to share them wherever you like!
Read More

Site spring-clean – and latest health research

Yes, it’s that time of year – the website was due a spring-clean, so we’ve been working behind the scenes to make it brighter and more user-friendly – with better organised 5:2 Basics to answer all your questions; a shiny new Books page; a dedicated area for the friendly, fun Podcasts and a really simple, clear calculator if you want to know how many calories your body needs. Let us know what you think – @the52diet  – and a big thanks to Christian at verything for being so fantastic to work with, and full of great ideas!


Read More

Make a delicious new start with 5:2 Good Food Kitchen

5.2 Good Food Kitchen

I’m delighted to announce that my fourth 5:2 book,  5:2 Good Food Kitchen, is published today! It’s the longest of the books so far at a whopping 392 pages, and it’s packed with new recipes, plus lots of inspiring stories from people who’ve used 5:2 to transform their lives. It’s the perfect Christmas stocking filler – or a great kick-start to the new year!
Read More

Making sense of… fasting research

In this new  slot, I’m highlighting some of the most interesting recent research around fasting, healthy eating and our diets generally.

For my new book, 5:2 Good Food Kitchen, I’ve taken a look at ten of the biggest food myths and big questions that face us all, from Should I eat sugar? to Is it dangerous to skip breakfast?  Here in the news section, I’ll be updating that research.


Read More

Festive fasting: top 3 tips for 5:2ing over the holidays

5 2 Festive Tips Dec 2014

This will be my fourth festive season doing 5:2 – and I find that by combining celebratory food with the occasional fast, I don’t tend to put on any weight at all – so I can have my Christmas cake (and mince pies, and Lindor truffles, and cheese…), and still fit into that favourite dress on New Year’s Eve!

Here are my top tips for staying on track with 5:2 over the holidays – without feeling you’re missing out in …
Read More

Introducing Blameless May – a very 5:2 way to start the month

Blameless May.jpg

Feeling in need of a fresh start? Then Blameless May is for you!

I’ve just come back from a fantastic trip to Australia and Singapore – but all the delicious food and wine meant I couldn’t 5:2 without denying myself some great meals out, and now I am back on track. I’ve designed Blameless May to suit anyone looking for a fresh, guilt-free start. The principles are in the graphic above – and I’ve …
Read More

Kate talks 5:2 Your Life on the Lorraine Show, ITV

 Kate on Lorraine

Huge excitement in 5:2 land this week as I was invited to appear on Lorraine Kelly’s show on ITV… Lorraine is probably my favourite TV presenter, I think she’s sharp and warm and funny, but it did mean I was super-nervous. I have spent almost as much time debating what to wear as I did writing the 5:2 Your Life book. As my long-suffering friends know… And, as it turns out, my …
Read More

Kate’s 5:2 Book Club

5:2 Book Club

Kate’s 5:2 Book Club chooses the very best new books to keep you distracted on a fast day. Each month we read a page-turning novel – there are interviews, excerpts, signed books to win and the chance to chat about books. Perfect when you’re hungry for a great read!

How 5:2 can combat the January Blues

So, this week is SUPPOSED to be the most miserable of the year because of post-Christmas gloom, dark nights (if you’re in the northern hemisphere – not so much for you lucky southerners), the long, long wait for the next holiday, oh, and the credit card bills from the festive season landing on the mat.

5 2 your life ready

Except what we’re doing with 5:2 is challenging ‘conventional wisdom.’ The wisdom used to be that you had to diet …
Read More