Yet again, albeit after a mighty long break, I'm back on a 5:2 intermittent fasting diet. 'We've heard this before. How long is it going to last this time?' I hear a few of you mumbling cynically in the background.
But wait! It's different this time, honest! I've been on the plan for three weeks, have lost a respectable six pounds and at last my Moomin reward is tangible. Here's the regime that seems to be working.
- My two normal fasting days are Monday and Wednesday. I've given up a previous idea I had where I spread the 24 hour period over two waking days. Let's get the torture out of the way as early on in the week as possible.
- I've discarded the idea of strict calorie counting and only approximate the 500 calorie goal. Don't worry though I haven't decided that a piece of salted caramel cheesecake can't possibly be more than 50 calories.
- My diet on fast days is pretty unmoving. It's a bowl of porridge for breakfast (approx 100 calories), a banana for lunch (another 100) and a nice piece of steamed fish and veggies like this one (say 150) in the evening. The rest of my allowance goes on milk in my tea.
- In order to satisfy cravings for something sweet, I have a glass of diet cola or lemonade with my supper.
- I'm accepting of those hunger pangs and tell myself that the discomfort won't kill me.
And what ho! I find automatically that I'm not overeating on non fast days either. Throw a bit of exercise into the equation and sustained weight loss should be a dead cert!