Hi all! I hope you are having a good week.
I must say it is really nice to not have to travel for work this week.
Almost a month ago I started the 5:2 diet and I told you about what fast days are like. On that post a few of you had questions on the diet and I had not yet replied but since others may find the answers interesting I thought I’d reply in a blog post instead. (For those not familiar the 5:2 is where for 2 non consecutive days a week for females you eat 500 calories for the day and for males it is 600 on the other days you can eat whatever you like.)
Is the point for weight loss along or some other reason? (asked by Melissa)
For me weight loss is definitely a current motivator, I don’t weigh myself but my clothes in the last 6 months have felt tighter and my aim is to have them feel comfortable again. I don’t have that much to lose but I’d like to feel good in my clothes again.
There are other benefits too though of reduced blood pressure and cholesterol but these for me aren’t my motivation as those for me are both good.
Are you not allowed certain foods? (asked by Shashi)
All foods are allowed on the plan it just depends how you want to split up 500 calories on fast days. I’ve found having more vegetables and protein for meals e.g. salads to be the best calorie friendly option. I have also had random meals though like one time I had popcorn and a muesli bar for dinner because I wanted something crunchy and then a ‘dessert’ afterwards. On non fast days no foods are off limits, I’m still testing the boundaries of what I can eat on these days I still want to be healthy but lately with work travel I’ve not been the greatest on these days.
How long do you plan to keep it up for? (asked by Tina)
I plan to keep it up for as long as it fits into my life and if I get the results I am looking for from it.
Do you just avoid exercising that day? (asked by Kim)
I have done exercise before on fast days and not found it to be an issue in terms of making me more hungry but as yet I’ve not done a really hard session on a fast day and I don’t know if I ever will. I have heard that exercising on a fast day is meant to be more beneficial in terms of burning more fat but don’t know how substantiated that claim actually is.
Bonus questions I’d thought you’d want to know:
So what are my results so far?
As I’ve not been weighing myself and I haven’t been measuring myself I don’t have a definitive thing to tell you in terms of results apart from my jeans do feel a little looser than what they did before. I think it will be a slow process so I’m just going to see how it goes, I do plan on taking measurements soon to at least have something more concrete to compare it to in say a month’s time.
Are the fasting days getting easier?
Surprisingly yes, some days are easier than others. Being busy definitely helps but I have found some days I will be hungrier than others on fast days for sure.
I know this style of eating is not for everyone and not everyone agrees with fasting but I will keep seeing how it goes and see if longer term it works for me.
What’s going on with you and food?
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