Intermittent fasting

Bowl of strawberriesIntermittent fasting, the 5:2 diet, the Fast Diet… no matter what you call it, there's no denying this way of eating has soared in popularity – and that includes Mumsnetters.

Why? Because it's simple, flexible and, best of all, you can forget about it for five days of the week. 

Find out more about how intermittent fasting works and get low-calorie recipe ideas.

Mimi Spencer webchat, Thurs 2 May, 9-10pm: post your question now

How does the 5:2 diet work?

 5:2 diet

How does intermittent fasting help you lose weight, and is it healthy? Everything you need to know before you decide to give it a whirl, plus fast day tips and advice on how to stave off hunger pangs.  

Fast day recipes

Greek salad

There's more to fast day food than miso soup and celery sticks. Be inspired by these meals from Mimi Spencer's book, The Fast Diet Recipe Book, and take advantage of our special offer for buying your copy.

Dr Michael Mosley webchat

Micahel Mosley

It was Michael Mosley's BBC Horizon programme about intermittent fasting that kickstarted the current trend. He was our webchat guest in January 2013 to explain all.

Swap your 5:2 tips

Calorie label

Staying motivated is half the battle when it comes to restricting your calorie intake, so share your recipes and strategies for getting through your fast days with other Mumsnetters. And your success stories, obviously.