The Fast Diet aka 5:2

I have recently been impressed but the weight loss of two good friends of mine.  When I asked them what they had done, it was the Fast Diet which is also known as the 5:2 diet.  So called because you eat normally for 5 days and then eat a 1/4 of your normal calories, which for a female is 500 calories, on 2 days.  I had tried this before and it didn’t seem to work for me but Kath and Rebecca inspired me so I had another go.

 Today was a working day which I think helped because I was busy and most of the time, away from sights and smells of food.  I would have found this harder at home.I drank 4 glasses of water with fresh lemon in it (4 x 750 ml) throughout the day and several mugs of black tea.   I had 2 apples for breakfast and that was it until supper time – eek !!!!!!  Would I manage ?   
 I went for a walk at lunch time.  Last week I walked to St Paul’s and back and had noticed a road side stall selling fruits and veggies, including 3 avocados for £1 so I walked to buy some.  On the way back,  I treated myself to a long black from Monmouth.

I haven’t been to Monmouth for ages – I have been missing out!  
I followed Dr Michael Mosley’s plan of 150 calories for breakfast and 350 12 hours later for supper with nothing to eat in between, just lots of fluids.  I had a bit of a wobble at about 2:30, panicking that I was hungry and couldn’t eat for another 6 or 7 hours but I drank black tea and it soon passed.

Before I knew it, I was home and preparing supper.  I had planned what to have so got on and made it.

 One cauliflower, 2 juicey tomatoes, a pile of spinach, half a cup of brown Basmati rice (cooked) with some rapeseed oil and za’atar.  I preheated the oven to 200 degrees C, sliced the cauliflower from top to bottom rather than in florets, halved the tomatoes, sprayed the vegetables with oil and sprinkled over 1 tsp of za’atar. I placed them on baking sheets and put them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
 Cooked to perfection.   I really like cauliflower and I was particularly looking forward to it tonight. I washed the spinach in water and gently wilted it in a pan without any  need to add any oil to cook it.  This seemed like a feast and I enjoyed every mouthful of it.

 I am pleased I have done this and will try to do my fast days on Monday and Thursday’s and see how I get on.  Fingers crossed this works for me.

Calories consumed

  • 2 apples – 144
  • 1 tsp Za’atar – 10
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower – 146
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil – 40
  • 60 g spinach – 14
  • 180 g tomatoes – 33
  • Half a cup of cooked rice – 95

Total 482

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to The Fast Diet aka 5:2

  1. Vincent says:

    Wow look at all that food! Delicious!

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