This year, in my ongoing efforts to loose the weight I gained during my battles with Glandular Fever in the 90’s, Post Viral Fatigue in the naughties and eventually Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the naughties/”210’s” I have started following the “Fast Diet”, alternatively known as the “5:2” diet.
The main thing I’m looking forward to about this diet is that you only have to think about food for 2-days a week, which I am hoping will finally help me address my inappropriate relationship with food. Additionally, because you are cutting down to 500 calories a day, coming up with a suitable menu for the day that hits the target is (so far) a fun challenge. Today, having gone from eating 3-times a day on my first Fast day to eating twice for my second Fast day, my challenge is making sure I eat enough calories as my breakfast and planned evening meal still leave me slightly short on calories. I might treat myself to a milky cup of tea!
It really is an eye opener on quantities and what your body can withstand. I’ve found myself keen to eat earlier in the evening on non-fast days so that I can include mini-fasts into my daily routine overnight, leaving 11 or 12 hours between the evening meal and breakfast (returning breakfast to it’s original meaning of ‘breaking your fast’). I’ve also found that, even after only one fast day, my apatite has reduced and I can’t, and don’t want to, eat as much as I used to. long may that last.
Together with the obvious health benefits of loosing weight, I’m really intrigued by the other health benefits associated with the diet; reducing fasting glucose levels, increasing insulin sensitivity, reduction of cancer risk due to lowered levels of IGF-1, increased cognitive function and delayed onset of dementia/altzhimers (in mice at least! So far), and many other interesting and intriguing avenues of research into Intermittent Fasting.
This diet, or lifestyle change, has an expected weight loss of 1lb/week although that has been seen to be greater initially with those who have more to loose (that would be me) and I’m looking to increase my exercise as well which should give me an extra boost. Once I have recovered from this cold, sickness bug and chest infection which have plagued me in succession over the holidays.
One of the nicest things about this diet is that Mum & Dad are both doing it as well which gives a great “team spirit” to the whole thing and brings a certain competitive edge as well. Already I’m feeling brighter and healthier, but that could also be combined with the antibiotics kicking in for this chest infection!
Now I’m off to make a treat of a milky cup of tea before heading to bed at the end of Fast Day 2. Now I don’t have to think about GI, GL, Calories, or anything diet related…until my next fast day and even then, it’s only for a day.