When it comes to diet fads, the public doesn’t discriminate. Cabbage soup, high-fat, liquid-only…we’ll try anything if it promises to give us Gisele’s long, lean figure afterwards. The latest diet craze? The 5:2 diet, or what people call “the fasting diet.” The concept of fasting has been around for thousands of years, usually with religious associations. Fasting to lose weight, however, is a fairly new concept—and the 5:2 diet makes it sound incredibly appealing, mainly because you have the freedom to eat what you want the majority of the time. In other words, it’s a diet without the “dieting”—except on weekends. Piqued your interest? Keep scrolling to read all about this trending diet, as well as a nutritionist’s thoughts on its effectiveness.