Three glorious soups in bowls including Texan Four Bean Chilli soup, Fragrant Thai Carrot soup and New England Butternut Squash soup

Our GLORIOUS! soups are adding a taste of adventure into 5:2 fast days. Here’s what you need to know about the diet sweeping the country…

You might have seen the books on the high street shelves. Or overheard a co-worker turn down a slice of homemade triple chocolate gooey brownie because they’re on a ‘fast day’. All signs of the unmistakable 5:2 diet, but how can GLORIOUS! soup help on your culinary adventure?

When people think of dieting, they think of the incessant checking of food packaging. The expensive ingredients and the bland recipes. Most diets require a massive lifestyle change or perseverance through a specific set of rules.

For foodies who want to shed the pounds without losing the adventure in food, nutrition explorer Kate Harrison has a solution! Author of "The 5 2 Diet Book", she may have just found the perfect diet for you. And, to top it off? GLORIOUS! soups can really help you stick to it.

What is the 5:2 diet?

If you haven’t yet heard, the 5:2 diet is where you eat normally for 5 days a week and limit your calories on 2 non-consecutive days. It’s as simple as that. Diet for less than a third of the week? Sounds interesting...

Kate Harrison loves soup as part of her fasting days, especially our SkinnyLicious range of healthy soups. In fact, in her own words,

“Soup is a hug in a bowl. The warmth adds to the filling effect and you can increase the warming effect by buying spiced-up soups like the Skinnylicious Singapore Crushed Tomato or Fragrant Thai Carrot soup.”

What is the theory behind the 5:2 Diet?

The theory is that we humans are not used to eating regular meals. Some people believe that we evolved to enjoy periods of feasting, followed by periods of fasting. Hippocrates practiced it. Plato fasted for the physical and mental benefits.

Now, in modern times, we have almost unlimited access to food and the potential to overeat. As diets such as the 5:2 diet snowball in popularity, fasting has the attention of doctors and dietitians alike as they try to uncover the full health benefits it has to offer.

How much can I eat on the fast days?

The 5:2 diet limits your intake to 500-600kcals on fast days. With a little bit of GLORIOUS! help, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get through them. With our SkinnyLicious soups containing less than 150 calories per portion across the entire range, the only question on your lips should be “which adventure shall I take my taste buds on today?”

Horseback ride through the Lone Star State with our Texan Four Bean Chilli soup, containing fewer than 100 calories per portion. Maybe you want to float lazily down the Mekong river with our Vietnamese Supergreen soup; it's packed full of nutritious ingredients and just 144 calories per portion! There are so many healthy soup options for you to try.

You can find the five reasons why Kate Harrison thinks soup is great for this diet over on her site.