I have already decided that the Fast Diet is not for me. I bought the recipe book that accompanies this diet years ago, and yesterday attempted my first fast day. The diet suggests that you fast for 2 days of the week and eat normally the rest of the week. On the fast days, the book suggests splitting the calorie intake between breakfast and dinner in the evening. Yesterday, for breakfast I had one egg and 30g of ham which the book informed would be 118 calories. In the evening I made Tuna Fagioli but I assumed the proportions in the 5:2 book were for one person and doubled up on all the ingredients; my husband has decided to eat the same as me. Unfortunately, that just looked like a really miniscule dinner and that was before I realised that the quantities given in the book were to serve two people! My miniscule dinner therefore was supposed to serve four people and I would therefore only be allowed to eat a quarter of it!!
It doesn’t prescribe what eating ‘normally’ would be, and given my track record for overindulgence, I do feel the five days of normal eating could just wipe out any of the fast days weight loss. The book suggests that the fast days intake of less than 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men per day is a quarter of the normal food intake. A normal day therefore would be 2,000 calories for women and 2,400 calories for men respectively. Let’s be honest, part of the reason I am overweight is that I don’t stick to the normal calorie intake of 2,000 calories per day and therefore in following this diet, I would in effect, have to focus on not overeating even on the normal eating days. Which defeats the purpose of the diet.
I made the executive decision last night that I cannot live on that much food, even if it is only for 2 days of the week. If I live until I am ninety that is 4,160 days of starving myself – nope, this diet is not for me.
To be fair to me, I have a pretty healthy love of food, I love everything and I love fresh food with flavour and am not a fan of ready meals or processed food at all, with the exception of pork pies, pasties, ham, and pretty much anything you’ll find in the deli section of the supermarket.
So I have decided instead that I am going to consider an eating plan that I have followed sporadically over the years, the most recent being about eight years ago, where I went from a size 18 to an 8, over a period of about a year. I note that this is now a diet that has been published but I sort of came up with it myself back in the 90’s when I finished university; the plan is to keep the calorie intake to 800 calories per day Monday to Friday and eat pretty much anything at the weekend.
When I have done this in the past though, I only count certain foods to equate to the 800 calorie intake. So, for example potato, pulses, avocado, meat, dairy, oil, carbs and obviously any junk snacks or sugary drinks (including alcohol, which I have given up!) all count but every thing else – all other veg, salad, fruit, tea, coffee (with milk) can be consumed in massive quantities whenever you want – even late at night.
I am slightly daunted about this ‘diet’ as eating such a small amount during the week can be difficult and it takes a lot of commitment. In the past I have gone to bed on weeknights feeling like I could eat a horse right there and then (if it happened to foolishly wander in) but weirdly though it also gives you enough food and keeps your mouth busy and fools your brain into thinking you feel okay, whilst consoling yourself that at the weekend you can let your hair down and have pretty much whatever you want. It’s sort of the 5:2 diet in reverse but with more calories during the fallow days.
Right, that’s the new plan. I will go without lunch today, as I prefer to pack all my 800 calories into my evening meal and scoff plenty of free food after wards, I’ll probably make a veg soup (with no potato, carbs or oil), to ‘snack on’ during the night to satisfy my hunger pangs . Obviously I wont drink any alcohol and I am about to go and do 30 minutes on the rowing machine, yeah!(?)
Lets see how I get on eh?