I’ve been really intrigued by the idea behind the 5:2 Diet, or, as it’s also known, intermittent fasting.
In short, the most appealing benefits;
- Celluar repair to remove toxins and nasties from the body.
- Reduced insulin levels to encourage better fat burning.
- Fasting fights off inflammation around the body
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves brain activity and reduces the risk of brain-related illnesses.
And so on, so forth, all the bells and whistles with weight loss thrown in too. I don’t know, it all keeps coming back to the fact that I’m turning 30 this year and I really don’t know how to feel about it. I’m not quite close to freaking out Rachael style, but it’s putting a lot of things into perspective. I think there comes a time when all of a sudden life feels kinda short. You feel fragile, susceptible to all those things you felt invincible to in your twenties, like hangovers and wrinkles.
So yeah. Let’s try fasting.
I decided very last minute that 1st February would be the first day I try out fasting. Like literally, as I was standing in the kitchen this morning putting the kettle on, I decided to just start.
At its basic level the 5:2 if you don’t know, means you restrict yourself to 500 calories twice a week then eat relatively normal/healthy for the rest of the time. Women should aim for 500 calories, men 600.
Breakfast - 1 crumpet (97cals)
Burnt and sad looking, the most unappetising crumpet I’ve ever had in my life. Not even a pretty plate could perk this potato cake up. I had a hot water with lemon on the side too.
Lunch - 1 can of Heinz carrot and lentil soup (174cals), 1 packet melba toast (77cals)
I wasn’t as hungry as I thought I would be come lunch time so the soup was enough. It did feel strange to not keep reaching into my bag for extras, like fruit and crisp. I had a pint of water and a large caffeine free green tea too.
Tea - Hake with rosemary potatoes (274cals)
Seen as though I had planned today out so well, I had no idea what to have for tea so had to run into Marks and Spencers for some inspiration. I really love their good for you range of meals, they have tons under 500 calories. I think this was one of the lowest cal ones they had but it genuinely filled me up - a pint of water and chamomile tea helped too, I’ll admit.
Total - 622
OK - I am not going to beat myself up over this. It is still a dramatic reduction for me and easily less than a third of what I would usually eat!
And how am I feeling? Right now, I feel perfectly normal. No headaches, stomach aches, excessive tiredness, nothing. I just feel like me.
My next fast day won’t be until next week now, giving me plenty of time to actually plan it out properly! I’m thinking omelets, stir fry and maybe some homemade soup. I’m also going to be hitting the HIIT workouts on non-fast days but that’ll be another post for another time!
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? Any tips for me?
Until next time,