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.
- 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
Wow look at all that food! Delicious!
Thank you Vincent!