So, I have made the rather stupid, and possibly rather radical decision to have a go at the 5:2 diet. I have heard a lot about it in the media, and I feel like a right flump a lot of the time, so I have decided that in a bid to ‘get fit’ and have a go at getting a little more healthy, I am going to give it a go. I have read up on it quite a lot and I have balanced out the pros and cons and I think I might be able to do it. The ultimate goal is to tone up and lose a little bit of weight around my thighs and stomach in time to start school and graduate at the end of October. I am going to do it as sensibly as I can, and I am not going to set myself silly expections.
In case you don’t know a lot about the diet, here is a basic overview of what it entails (taken from the website):
If we were to distill the Fast Diet into a single sound-bite, it would all come down to 5:2. That’s five days of normal eating, with little thought to calorie control and a slice of pie for pudding if that’s what you want. Then, on the other two days, you just eat a quarter of your recommended daily calorie quota. That works out at 500 calories for women and 600 for men. This was Michael’s method for improving his health and losing over 20 pounds in 2012. I followed his plan, and dropped the same amount, losing two dress sizes and four inches from my waist measurement in the process.
In The Fast Diet book, we outline exactly how to go about the process in order to achieve the greatest effect. Here are a few tips to help get you going on what for many has become a way of life…
Should you be sceptical? We certainly were. After all, anyone who has ever gone on a diet knows that they are hard work; they may deliver results in the short-term, when you are eager and committed and full of good intentions. But then, life gets in the way. You’re soon bored – with just protein or no carbs or cabbage soup or only eating things that begin with the letter ‘P’ (I think I came across this diet once, but it might just have been a bad dream when I was writing my column for the Observer Food Monthly magazine). Anyhow, the Fast Diet does work – not just according to us, but also according to a growing number of people who have tried it to great effect. And it works for exactly the reason that other diets don’t: there is no boredom.
Since you are only fasting for two days of your choice each week, and eating normally on the other five days, there is always something new and tasty on the near horizon. In short, it’s easy to comply with a regime that only asks you to restrict your calorie intake occasionally. It recalibrates the diet equation, and stacks the odds in your favour.
Bear in mind that the programme is designed as a well-signposted path towards a longer, healthier life; weight loss is simply a happy adjunct to all of that.
Wish me luck, I think I’m going to need it!
Peace and love, Polly May xx