Intermittent fasting could be the secret to losing weight and reducing risk of cancer, heart disease, say scientists. Fat loss pills and strenuous exercise could be a thing of the past, with a new diet claiming to improve your waistline, as well as extend your life and keep wrinkles at bay. The 5:2 diet - also known as intermittent fasting - requires two non-consecutive days of "fasting" each week, when the dieter is to consume no more than 500 calories if they are a woman and 600 if they are a man, the Daily Telegraph reported. There are no dietary restrictions for the remaining five days, which are often referred to as the "feeding" days. The diet has gone viral following the BBC documentary 'Eat, Fast and Live Longer' by doctor and journalist Michael Mosley, which screened in the UK last year. It is expected to create a similar craze when it screens in Australia on SBS on April 22. The program follows Dr Mosley on an intermittent fasting investigation. In six weeks following the diet, he lost over 6kg and 25 percent of his body fat. His cholesterol dropped and his blood glucose, which he described as "borderline diabetic", went back to normal. Dr Mosley also found that fasting lowered levels of IGF-1 in the body - an insulin-growth hormone - which in turn lowered blood pressure and the risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. There are now 5:2 groups on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as blogs dedicated to the diet.Source: ANI << Skin Cancer Risk Lowered in Women With Prolonged Intake of ... Health Insurance Industry Needs to Change, Says Blue Cross ... >> Recommended Reading Benefits of Fasting Benefits of fasting are many. It remains one of the best means to good health. READ MORE Quiz on Weight Loss If you thought fried foods, processed foods and potato are the bad guys in your weight loss plan, you thought right! Take this quiz and find out what actually can help you get the figure you always ... READ MORE Fasting Time Prior to Blood Lipid Tests Appears to Have Limited Association With Lipid Levels: Report Fasting prior to blood lipid tests appears to have limited association with lipid subclass levels, suggesting that fasting for routine lipid level determinations may be unnecessary. READ MORE Fasting Improves Effectiveness of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment An animal study showed controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. READ MORE Battle of the Bulge The ‘battle of bulge’ is the toughest of all battles. Once you put on weight it is so difficult to get rid of it. Here are the best tips to fight off that extra flab. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Weight Loss Correct diet and a planned exercise regime is the mantra of healthy and sustainable weight loss. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Hunger Fullness and Weight Control An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the major causes of obesity. READ MORE The Cabbage Diet The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage. READ MORE Weight Loss Program For Men Maintaining a food diary and keeping a track of what you eat is the best way to keep your weight under check. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Noscaphene (Noscapine) Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Diet PillsThe Cabbage DietBulimia NervosaThe Macrobiotic DietHeight and Weight-KidsWeight Loss Program For MenBattle of the BulgeHunger Fullness and Weight ControlDiet and Nutrition for Healthy Weight LossWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?