Thursday, 7 March 2013
Eating on the Fast Diet
The Fast Diet or the 5:2 Plan is the diet craze currently sweeping the UK. Now I'm not one for diets, in fact I don't actually need to lose weight, but Hubs and I have decided to give it a go for a few weeks before our Easter holiday. Hubs has put on a few pounds since leaving the gym in October and I want to support his efforts to shift this weight.
The main rules are that you eat very restricted calories (500 for women, 600 for men) split between two meals for two non-consecutive days a week. You eat nothing in between these two meals but on the other days you eat normally and can enjoy treats such as wine and desserts.
The health benefits linked to this diet are a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Intermittent fasting has been proven to extend lifespan in animals and when fasting your body switches from fat storing mode to fat burning mode. Also as you fast your body uses its energy to repair itself. For me these health benefits are all good reasons to give intermittent fasting a go. Its not a diet that's going to take over my life and lead to food obsession and an unhealthy relationship with food. This diet is more a way of life and diet obsession can't take over as tomorrow is always a normal eating day. I think cutting back on snacking is sensible because if you snack regularly you're never really hungry at mealtimes. It's good to feel real hunger once in a while.
Today's fasting menu
Breakfast: 1 poached egg on toast
Dinner: Mexican pizza - passata, red onion, mushrooms, and a few slices of mozzarella on a tortilla, baked in hot oven for ten minutes and served with a little (undressed) side salad.
We haven't bought the book to support this diet but we are using a pull-out section from a magazine to guide us through and give us ideas for recipes. So far, so good - tonight's pizza was delicious and I didn't feel deprived as I had a whole one to myself. I'm generally more of a little and often eater so this way of eating does seem strange to me at the moment.
Just no looking at any food blogs until tomorrow and I can't wait for a biscuit with my morning coffee.