As usual I’m the last one to the party. The 5:2 diet has been around for years and credited by many celebrities as the reason behind their trim figures and weight loss. So how come I have only just discovered it?
I had seen the recent adverts for lighter life fast and that is when the 5:2 diet first came to my attention. I checked out the lighter life range (Pricey!) and tried one of their shakes and cereal bars and thought that would be the easiest way to try the diet, as all the thinking and counting was done for me. Lets just say I didn’t get on with their products and I decided it would be cheaper and better if I did it without meal replacements. Summer is fast approaching and for me, I would feel better after dropping a few pounds/stones, before I expose my body to the world.
So what is the 5:2 diet?
As far as my understanding and research goes, it’s basically 5 days of eating normal and 2 days of fasting. Fasting sounds more dramatic than it actually is, it’s actually reducing your daily calorie intake to 500 calories for females and 600 calories for males. Reducing your intake twice a week obviously helps you lose weight as you aren’t eating as much, but it is also meant to push your body into repair mode and kick start your metabolism. If you want more details just Google it. There are loads of support sites that will go into more detail.
Wanting to dive straight into the diet I decided to do 2 days of fasting, back to back. Do not try this at home as it will reduce you to a; tired, grumpy and hungry monster. Day 1 wasn’t so bad, I took the advice from others and made sure I was constantly drinking water to keep myself hydrated and also help with any hunger pangs. I was constantly thinking about food, like any one does when they have just started a new diet. Yes, I felt deprived during the day, but when I look back at what I managed to eat, I really wasn’t. You would class what I ate as normal for some people. Day 2 arrived and I couldn’t get out of bed, I had zero energy and the beginnings of a headache that only intensified as the day went on. Yes, I could have given up, but thinking about being able to eat normal the next day got me through it and by day 3, I found myself making more sensible choices. For the rest of the week I certainly did not feel deprived, I had a Chinese takeaway, fish n chips and a Sunday roast over the weekend and decided to schedule my fast days going forward to Mondays and Thursdays.
I lost 5 pounds! I couldn’t be happier. I have tried many diets in the past, weight watchers and slimming world to name a few, but I have never lost that much in my first week before. I am now on week 2 and about to have my second fast day of the week and that first loss has given me all the motivation that I need. If you are looking to lose weight, I do recommend that you try this diet. You can switch it around to get it to work for you, Some people even do 4:3. This isn’t losing weight using meal replacements and paying lots of money, it gets you to look at what you are eating and make better choices. With this method, I know I can have that malteasers chocolate bunny on a normal eating day and not have to worry about how many calories I consumed.
Have you tried the 5:2 diet? Share your diet tips/recommendations below.
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