The 2-Day Diet

If you are someone who has tried, and failed, to lose weight, or you’ve shed the extra pounds, only to pile them back on again – this is the book for you.

The 2-Day Diet is designed to be:

Low enough in calories to enable you to lose weight, but without leaving you feeling hungry

Nutritionally balanced so that all your vitamin, mineral and protein requirements are met

Easy to fit into a normal, busy lifestyle

Proven results

In clinical trials, dieters were more likely to stick to The 2-Day Diet than to standard daily dieting. Followers of The 2-Day Diet lost twice as much fat as those on a daily calorie-controlled diet*, and more centimetres around their waist.

On top of the weight you’ll lose – and keep off – The 2-Day Diet also has numerous proven health benefits associated with it including…

Reducing insulin and levels of other hormones and inflammation in the body known to cause cancer, heart disease and diabetes

Lowering high blood pressure

Improving well-being, mood and energy

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The 2-Day Diet books

The 2-Day Diet: The Quick & Easy Edition

In this new simplified edition acclaimed scientists Dr Michelle Harvie and Prof Tony Howell at Prevent Breast Cancer have made it even easier to succeed on The 2-Day Diet.

Expect to lose weight, twice as much fat and more centimetres around your waist than you would on a standard calorie-controlled diet.

You can also benefit from the numerous other health benefits associated with this diet, including: reduced cancer risks; lowered high blood pressure; anti-ageing effects; and improved well-being, mood and energy levels.

The 2-Day Diet

The 2-Day Diet is the original, clinically proven 5:2 diet to get you slim and healthy, as developed by acclaimed scientists Dr Michelle Harvie and Prof Tony Howell atPrevent Breast Cancer (all author proceeds go to this charity). To reach your perfect weight, all you need to do is follow this low-carb intermittent diet for two days a week. For the rest of the week just eat normally but sensibly.

It really is that simple, and the science proves it: in trials followers lost more weight than those on continuous calorie-controlled diets, almost twice as much fat, and more centimetres around their waist – and they were more successful at keeping it off!

The 2-Day Diet Cookbook

In this new beautifully illustrated cookbook, you’ll find 65 delicious, healthy recipes for every day of the week, with ideas for both restricted and unrestricted days. On The 2-Day Diet, there’s no need to skip meals; instead, you can enjoy filling, tasty food all day long – from breakfast through to dinner.

Case studies

Sarah, 39

At over 14 and a half stone Sarah was desperate to lose weight. Her mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s and ten years later the cancer had come back. A self-confessed chocoholic, Sarah, 39, knew that being overweight increased her risk of breast cancer. She tried slimming clubs and many different diets at home, but although she lost some weight, it always piled back on. By the time Sarah started the 2-day diet she had almost given up hope.

I knew it would be a challenge but I developed a routine making the same two days each week my diet days and eating the same foods each week. I made the diet days my busiest work days so I didn’t miss eating. What surprised me was that I didn’t want to overeat on my non-diet days – perhaps because I had become more aware of what I was eating. I lost a stone in the first month and over six months lost four stone. It was the easiest diet I have ever done

Gillian, 47

Gillian, 47, started The 2-Day Diet because she knew her weight was creeping up. Although only a stone overweight, Gillian wanted to get down to a healthy weight and stay there. Gillian wanted a diet that didn’t involve special food or lots of planning, was simple enough to fit into her busy working life and still meant that she could go out for dinner with friends at the weekend. She did the diet on her busiest work days and ate the bulk of her calories in the evening.

Knowing that you’re not depriving yourself all week makes this diet so much easier and by the time you’ve finished your two days you don’t feel like eating everything in sight, you just enjoy eating normally. I lost the weight quite easily and kept it off – now if I ever feel my weight creeping up I go back to doing the diet one day a week for a few weeks.

Getting started

If your favourite jeans feel a bit too close-fitting for comfort, or you’ve found yourself moving up a clothes size or two, the answer to the question about whether you need to lose weight might be obvious.

But how can you tell whether your weight gain could actually be harmful to your health? Health problems arise from carrying too much fat – especially if you have fat stored in the wrong places, such as excessive fat in the abdomen or muscles. So just looking in the mirror or standing on the scales may not immediately tell you the answer.