January is a time that many people start to focus on their health. Still sluggish from festive overindulgence, many of us sign our lives away to pricey gym memberships and stock up on whatever is being touted as the latest miracle weight-loss product.

Making short-term health changes is easy, but as so few people stick to them in the long term, the results rarely last – and that’s what makes The 2-Day Diet different. Developed by acclaimed scientists Dr Michelle Harvie and Professor Tony Howell, it’s a clinically proven and easy-to-follow intermittent diet that can help you lose weight and become healthier.

The 2-Day Diet is a revolutionary approach to weight loss – rather than counting calories or skipping meals, it calls for just two days a week of dieting. Unlike other 5:2 diets, there are only a few simple rules to follow on the diet days – low in carbohydrates (including low-carb fruit and vegetables) but high in protein and healthy fats. This means that the two ‘restricted’ days will leave dieters feeling full and satisfied, rather than battling cravings. For the rest of the week, a balanced Mediterranean-style diet should be followed.

Many people are put off by high fat diets, instead preferring to opt for ‘low-fat’ foods, but these are often full of sugar to compensate. As sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and is linked to many chronic diseases, you should opt for foods higher in healthy fats and lower in sugar – they will keep you fuller for longer and offer far more health benefits than sugary foods.

Of course, to reap the full benefits of the diet, on the ‘unrestricted’ days you should still be eating healthily, but you won’t have to drastically cut your calories or feel as if you’re depriving yourself of food as you would on other diets.

Trials of The 2-Day Diet found it was as effective for weight loss as following a full-time 1,500 calories a day diet, only much easier to follow! In fact, 65 per cent of women were able to stick with it over four months, compared to just 40 per cent of women following other diets. However, the diet doesn’t just make it easier to fit in your jeans – it can help reduce your risk of breast cancer.

During the initial research phase, the weight loss of the women who were taking part in the study was closely monitored. It was found that pre-menopausal women who lost five per cent or more of their body weight and kept it off had a 40 per cent reduction in their breast cancer risk. It can also lower the chances of heart disease and type-2 diabetes, amongst other diseases. If you are overweight, even losing five to 10 per cent of your body weight – a relatively small percentage – can significantly reduce your risk.

As being overweight is a significant risk factor for breast cancer, we’d encourage anyone to look at ways to reduce it, so if you’d like to take on The 2-Day Diet and transform your health, you can get your copy here.