The 2468 diet
What is it?
The 2468 diet is an extreme calorie deficit based diet. It uses a cycle that repeats, commonly for 50 days. The cycle is exactly what it is named after:
[*]200 calories one day
[*]400 calories the next day
[*]600 calories the day after that
[*]800 calories for the last day in the cycle
[*]And then repeat.
Does it work?
Based on the restrictive calories it certainly causes weight loss. You will average around 3300 calories over the typical one week cycle of the diet. If you assume that you need on average say 1500 calories a day to maintain weight under a normal active lifestyle (10,500 per week), you can see how much lower this diet is. The net result is a weekly deficit of about 7000 calories which will equate to 2 pounds per week or 8 pounds per month.
How long is the diet?
There isn’t really a set time for this diet but it is commonly done for 6-8 weeks.
What can I eat on the 2468 Diet?
The 2468 Diet itself does not dictate what foods you can or cannot eat. Instead, it focuses on calories only. In theory, you could consume your entire day’s allotment of calories in chocolate, but this clearly is a non-nutritious way of meeting your goals and certainly not recommended.
How many meals per day can I have on the 2468 diet?
There is no set limit on this diet. Instead the focus is on total daily calories. Not only will you feel better during the day if you space your meals into many smaller meals, it is also a healthier approach.
What about nutrition?
Unfortunately the 2468 diet does not focus on nutrition and focuses only on calories. Try and eat as many “healthy” calories as possible. If you eat simple carbs (eg. White bread) you will receive a temporary spike but quickly get very hungry, and you don’t have a lot of calories to spare with this diet, so use them wisely.
Is the 2468 Diet dangerous?
No diet that advocates such extreme calorie deprivation can be considered safe.
What do I do when I finish it?
It is important to resume a normal, healthy diet. The biggest problem (besides the health effects) is that people often gain back the weight they shed. It is important to find the right balance in your lifestyle for you to maintain the weight you desire.
How can I track my progress?
You can track your actual calories consumed using a site or app like myfitnesspal.com. To keep track of your actual 2468 Diet, you can use the log sheet attached to this post.
2468 DIET TRACKER.pdf 110.52KB 13376 downloads
Are there bad side effects?
YES! We don't know who originally came up with this diet and we are putting it here in its original form. However, the diet is extreme and can be dangerous. The calorie deprivation is too extreme, there is no focus on nutrition and as a result, comes with risks. Add to this that a diet such as this can foster or trigger your Eating Disorder. We strongly recommend that you look at less extreme alternatives, learn about healthy eating and moderate diets.
Why should I care about nutrition?
The 2468 diet is not nutritious and this is problematic. Sustained malnutrition will lead to fatigue, hair falling out and even organ failure.