Dr Michelle Harvie, research dietician at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and co-author of The 2-Day Diet, said: “There are many myths and assumptions concerning diet and eating patterns, including the belief that a healthy lifestyle should involve three square meals, plus snacks, every day.


“However, this common eating pattern is in fact abnormal from an evolutionary perspective. Emerging studies suggest that intermittent periods of energy restriction can in fact improve health and even counteract disease processes, such as the development of breast cancer.


“As more research is done into the relationship between meal frequency and health, it’s important that these eating patterns are incorporated into standard health care policies and that the general population knows how to adapt their diets and lifestyles appropriately.


“Here at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention – the UK’s only charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – we’ve pioneered the only clinically proven intermittent diet, The 2-Day Diet, in a bid to help people lose weight effectively.


“We hope that by encouraging more people to adapt a healthy lifestyle, such as following this diet, we can help to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, and therefore achieve our goal of creating a breast cancer free future.”