I am the Queen of Yo-yo Dieting (yes, that is my official title).
I generally manage about a month, maybe two of healthy eating and exercise before the treats start to creep in and before you know it I’m consuming whole tubs of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting (yes, really).
I heard about the 5:2 ages ago. I heard 500 calories a day and immediately dismissed it. However, recently I heard some positive things about it on social media and decided it might be worth another look. I spotted the book ‘The Fast Diet’ by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer at our local library, borrowed it and read it.
The idea is that you eat normally for 5 days of the week but fast for the other 2. On fast days you eat only 500 calories (for a woman, it’s 600 for men). Aside from weight loss, which should occur due to the 3000 calorie deficit you’re creating, there are loads of other health and wellbeing claims made about this diet – such as lowering your chance of getting diabetes or heart disease and helping you live longer. Ever the skeptic, I always need a lot of convincing on any health claims made about diets or certain foods or supplements. There have been a number of studies and the results have all been pretty encouraging. Plus, the more I read the book, the more I began to think that this could suit me pretty well.
There are always a couple of days in the week (usually when I’m working and Penny has after school activities) that I’m so busy that I could probably manage eating only 500 calories without constantly thinking about food all day long. There are also days during the week (like Date Night and weekends) when I’d love to not worry about calorie counting or anything like that.
So, I’ve decided to give this a try. It could well be that a month from now, I’ll have given up on it. But could it also be that this can really work for me, sustainably and long term?
My first fast day will be tomorrow. I’m starting work at 7 so I’ll just have a banana for breakfast beforehand. I finish work at 3 and I’ll have another snack when I get home. Then I’ll have a small portion of whatever I make for dinner.
I do have a few concerns. Firstly, I’m picking my busiest days to fast on because I think I’ll be able to keep my mind off food if I’ve got lots of other stuff going on. This might not work because my job is cooking and serving food. But food I know I can’t possibly eat in any case, diet or no diet. Another concern is that surely I’m going to need more energy on a day when I’m busy. My job isn’t physically challenging exactly but I am on my feet all day. What if I get halfway through a shift and run out of energy?
I will give this a proper try and see if I can make it work for me and my family life. I’ll update you next week to tell you how I’m getting on!