2 weeks of the 5:2 fasting diet. So far so good
So here’s my 2 week update. I started this on a Tuesday morning 2 weeks ago and I’m actually quite enjoying it. A typical breakfast starts at 730, and is 2 poached eggs and a slice of toast, or maybe eggs and a slice of smoked salmon if I’m feeling flash. That’s my first 250 calories or so, and then it’s nothing until 730 that night. In the evening usually steamed veggie and fish or chickem, or maybe a soup. Best recipe so far is pancetta strips fried up with scallops on a rocket salad!
Target is < 600 calories a day.
Getting through the day at work with no food is pretty easy, lots of sparkling water, black coffee and herbal teas. By about 4pm I’m starting to struggle, and that’s the most difficult stretch, through until supper time. When it’s time to eat at 730 I’m ravenous, but really enjoy the food, everything tastes fantastic!
The next day I notice my general appetite for snacks is reduced, and I tend to eat a bit less generally.
2 days a week of no alcohol is a good idea for me too, with my current penchant for red wine..
And the results? Well after 2 weeks, and 3 days after my last fast day (so my ‘tract’ is full again, ewww!) I weighed in at 14stone exactly, 4lbs less than when i started. I’m not really doing this for the weight loss, but that’s not too shabby.
I’m going to stick with it, and am trying some exercise on fast days now as well.
If you’re interested google 5:2 diet. It’s pretty simple theory really. The premise is that your body is designed to fast intermittently, and when you do , the cells stop replicating, and go into a repair mode, and clean themselves up. So lots of supposed benefits of anti cancer, anti diabetes etc.
I subscribe to the idea that our bodies haven’t evolved hugely since we were hunter gatherers (the paleolithic era 20,000 years ago) and we have a body designed for periods of intense eating (killing an elephant say), and then fasting or light snacks as we go find the next thing to eat. This seems to fit this model nicely, and it makes sense to me that the body we slip into repair mode if calorie starved.
Good luck - let me know if you try it!