The Fast Diet (The official 5:2 diet)

Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer

The original 5:2 diet book, now a #1 international bestseller. Is it possible to eat what you like, most of the time, and get thinner and healthier as you do it? Simple answer: yes.


By simply quartering your calorie intake on two non-consecutive days each week (500 calories for women, 600 for men), you'll lose weight quickly and easily -and the joy of the Fast Diet is that the side-effects are all good.

The science is indisputable: intermittent fasting takes your body out of 'go-go' mode and puts it into survival mode. This causes the body to slow production of new cells and instead repair old ones. You not only lose weight, you reduce your risk of a range of diseases, from diabetes, asthma and arthritis to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. You also slow the ageing process and boost your brain.

This book brings together the results of recent revolutionary research to create a dietary programme that anyone can incorporate into their normal working life. It also includes more than 40 'Fast 500' and '600' recipes by The Times nutritionist Sarah Marber.

Far from being just another 'fad', The Fast Diet is a lifestyle choice which doctors are actually recommending for general health. This is your indispensible guide to making the kilograms fly off, while eating all the foods you love.

Dr Michael Mosley is a British journalist, physician, producer and TV presenter. His Horizon Programme, Eat, Fast, Live Longer, had a phenomenal global response when it was broadcast on BBC Two in August.

Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for titles including the Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Observer Food Monthly. She is the author of 101 Things To Do Before You Diet.

Price: AUD $19.99(NZ$24.99)
ISBN: 9781780721675
Format: Paperback - B format
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Short Books
Number of pages: 224
Publication Date: January 2013
Edition Number: 1

Watch the Dr Michael Mosley documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer which inspired the book.

Eat, Fast and Live Longer - Horizon on Vimeo

Hear Dr Michael Mosley explain The Fast Diet in the videos below, or speaking to ABC Radio:


The Fast Diet Recipe Book is out in June and offers more than 150 carefully crafted, nutritious and low-calorie recipes to enable you to incorporate the 5:2 weight-loss system easily into your daily life.

Visit The Fast Diet website which has further hints, tips and news from the authors and support from others undertaking intermittent fasting.

Other videos about the Fast Diet: