Reviewed by Sarah-Kate Cantlie
Having been on a fair few diets including the 5:2 diet over the years, usually following many of life’s opportunities to over indulge, (Christmas, having children, holiday times etc…) I have often found it a struggle to really engage with the latest fad in weight loss. It can be difficult to visualise what exactly the diet is insisting will move me towards that elusive goal and target weight. Often diets can become boring and my motivation soon lost. If this is you, I recommend this book, the bright pictures and handily measured plates give an excellent visualisation of what to expect when making a meal, with the simple traffic light system indicating whether or not the snack or recipe is likely to be one that keeps you feeling the fullest through the day.
The recipes in this book are delicious and have certainly given me the motivation to lose a few hard to shift pounds, some of the meals look to become staples of not only my 2 days, but the rest of the week as well. With so many different tasty meals to choose from, that are so easy to follow and make, the 5:2 diet suddenly becomes varied and interesting; in fact, I’m rather looking forward to the diet days, as opposed to the dread of feeling hungry two days a week.
This book makes it extremely easy to choose a meal that you fancy, with the high quality and realistic photos showing exactly what to expect on your plate, I can almost taste the food before I’ve got the ingredients out of the fridge. I particularly like that it’s not just all recipes, but hundreds of individual foods are photographed and their calorie, protein and fat credentials given, providing the perfect way to plan through a 2 day. And finally, the added bonus is that everything I’ve eaten so far has taken me roughly 15 minutes to make, so there’s no hanging about to eat when you feel hungry. Be prepared to get the scales out, it’s all about being precise and weighing those ingredients, but it’s worth it in the end and I have a much better perception of what those weights look like, just by looking at the book! The only thing that would make this book better would be to have double the number of recipes and a slightly fatter book, which given this book is great value for money currently, I’d definitely spend a bit more for a chunkier version.
This book contains 600 Food Photos, 60 Low-Calorie Recipes and 30 Snack Ideas.
RRP: 9.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.