Unless, like me, you have been living under a rock, you might have heard of the 5:2 Diet as championed by Dr Michael Mosley of the BBC Horizon Program. If you haven’t I understand neither had I until last September. But this is Why I swear by 5:2 diet.
I was on holiday in the UK and sadly classed as overweight when a friend mentioned it to me. I checked it out and saw the health benefits associated with it as 5:2 is thought to help your body repair its cells, which may help prevent diseases including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, type 2 diabetes and cancer. All of which run in my family.
I thought what could it hurt to try and here I am less than 4 months later back to a normal weight and feeling fantastic and loving life.
What is the 5:2 diet
The simplicity of the 5:2 diet and the fact you can eat pretty much what you like five days a week, are why people love this way of life. 5:2ers are recommended to consume a ‘normal’ number of calories five days a week and then, for two, non-consecutive days, eat just 25% of their usual calorie total – 500 calories for women and 600 for men.
There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat mind you eating healthier foods is, of course, better for you.
Also being mindful of what you eat helps you make better choices.
The Pros and Cons of 5:2
- It is easy – just pick two days a week and any day will do
- You don’t have to cut out any food groups like other diets
- It helps regulate your blood sugars and is said to lower cholesterol
- Unlike other diets, you go back to normal eating on fast days which cuts down cravings
- There are plenty of sites to help you plan 500 calorie meals – I like Good to knows meal ideas
- There are also lots of books and support groups to help you like Kate Harrison’s
- It can be hard at first like most diets you may feel tired, grumpy, faint – this does pass after the first couple of times.
- Some people suffer from headaches – Tip drink plenty of fluids and stock cubes with hot water help
- Some people also over-eat to compensate for dieting on None Fast Days. You need to find out your recommended Daily allowance and try to stick to it. You can find a calculator – HERE
- Fast day Freeze in winter is a thing- you will feel colder in winter. Again hot drinks are your friend – Green Tea, Black Coffee, Hot Water, Stock Broth
- As with all diets, pregnant and
breast-feedingwomen, as well as diabetics on medication, should seek medical advice before embarking on a restricted eating programme. Furthermore, this sort of diet can be unsafe for teenagers and children, who are likely to miss out on crucial nutrients needed for growth and may be at risk of developing unhealthy eating habits.
How 5:2 has worked for me
Well I can start with the obvious one I lost weight 33lbs so far to be exact
My start weight was 175lbs and as of today ( after a food-filled Christmas) I am 142lbs.
My dress sizes have gone from 16-18 on top to 12-14 ( I am top heavy ) and I am now able to get into size 10 jeans on the bottom.
I have noticed my energy levels have improved and my mood too. I have coupled my 5:2 with walking more so the dogs are loving it too.
What I eat on an average fast day
An average fast day for me consists of two meals – brunch at
Dinner I aim for 300 calories max – my favourite dinners include a Quorn Curry with Cauliflower rice which I will share with you this week and my Low-fat Beef Stroganoff which comes in at 190
If I need a snack a low-fat yoghurt, sugar-free jelly or small pot of blueberries and almonds usually sees me though.
My drink of choice is Green Tea which I drink all the time anyway and I drink lots of water.
How Long do I intend on doing 5:2?
I still have 10lbs I want to lose to get down to my goal weight and that is my aim this year. But for me 5:2 is a way of life, because it feels so easy and natural. Once I reach a healthy weight, I might like to shift from 5:2 to 6:1 to maintain. Certainly, the health benefits mean I want to keep it going and I know people who have maintained for three years or more so I know it is possible.
If you enjoyed this post check out my other posts on healthy living
- How to fit in -getting fit for the busy Mom
- Fresh Start in the New Year
- How Gardening and growing your own helps your Health
- 10 steps I took to be healthier
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