If you’ve ever gone to sleep hungry and then dreamed of chocolate croissants, the idea of fasting may seem completely unappealing.
But what if the payoff for a 16-hour fast — which might involve skipping dinner, save a bowl of broth — is a boost in energy and a decreased appetite?
This is what we’ve experienced as we’ve tried out the so-called 5:2 diet. It’s an intermittent fasting approach that, as we’ve reported, has been popularized by books by British physician and television broadcaster Michael Mosley. The diet calls for two days per week of minifasting where the aim is to go a long stretch, say 14 to 18 hours, without eating. During these two fasting days, you also eat only about 600 calories, give or take.
It sounds tough. But here’s the easy part: The other five days of the week you forget about dieting and return to your…
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