Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I've been doing 5:2 fasting since April and I really like it. I have found that for me, it takes the pressure off during my "feed days" because I can basically eat what I want to. For the first time in my adult life, I've been able to maintain my weight without really dieting. On my 2 fasting days per week (Monday and Thursday) I stick to only around 500-600 calories for the entire day. I know that sounds awful but it really hasn't been that difficult.
I have my coffee with soy creamer in the morning, and get through my hungry periods for the rest of the day drinking tea with a bit of milk and stevia, or water. I'm always surprised when I forget about food for long stretches during the day. I thought I would get dizzy or weak, but that doesn't happen. In the evening, I eat a regular, healthy dinner of around 500 calories. I even go to the gym or take my regular walks on fast days with no trouble.
Now that I've been maintaining and I can see that the 5:2 plan works for me, I've decided to tackle losing 10-15 more pounds. I know I feel quite comfortable at around 140 pounds, so I'm shooting for that right now.
I did a few calculations to figure out what my weekly calorie goals should be, and decided on 9100 calories. I'm going to try eating 1620 calories 5 days a week, and 500 calories on my 2 fasting days on Mondays and Thursdays. I'll be interested to see if it feels much different than the "no tracking, no restrictions" way I've been eating since April. I'm hoping it will encourage me to eat more veggies and cut down my carbs and sweets.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I starting doing the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting plan back in April and it seems to really work for me. I love being able to eat what I want most of the time and not stress about every calorie. If you're not familiar with intermittent fasting, the basic idea is that for a couple of days of the week, you fast for a while and on the rest of the days you eat "normally". Over all, this can reduce your total calorie input, as long as you don't overeat too much on your "normal eating" days. I chose Mondays and Thursdays as my fasting days. I drink my coffee with cream in the morning and then only water or no-calorie teas until late evening and then eat a 500 calorie supper. On the other days of the week I just eat whatever I want. No counting, no measuring. It's so freeing! I love it. The best part of this is the freedom from thinking about food all the time, planning what I can and can't eat or feeling guilty when I 'cheat'.
I've been surprised that I don't feel extremely hungry on my fasting days. I thought I would be so hungry or maybe feel faint, but it's not like that at all. The first couple of fasting days were a bit hard, but now I find that drinking lots of water or tea and keeping busy helps me through the day. The hunger doesn't build and build through the day like I thought it would. Instead it comes in waves, and often just drinking some tea or water makes it go away again for a while.
I think this works well for me because I generally eat a healthy diet. My main problem is that I tend to want larger portions and I struggle to maintain daily exercise long term.
This year has been really good so far. I've made fitness a priority and try not to go more than one day a week without some kind of activity. Working long shifts in my desk job means that I have to get out on at least one 30 minute walk during my breaks. In the past I would have thought "why bother, since it's only a short walk" but I'm proud to say that now I look forward to my walks and I realize now that I don't have to do 60 minutes of high intensity cardio everyday to stay fit. On my days off, I try to get to the gym to get my heart rate up higher on the machines and do some resistance work on my upper body.
So far, I'm down 6 pounds since April. It's not much, but I really only have about 8-10 pounds to lose to get to a weight I feel really comfortable with. I'd love to go 5 pounds under that, but I'm not sure it's worth the struggle to get that low.
I feel like I've finally found a way of eating that could work for me long term. I've always been a yo-yo dieter- going up and down 20-30 pounds every since I was a teenager. It would be wonderful to say goodbye to that finally and be able to maintain a healthy weight and most of all- to feel good about myself and stay healthy!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thought I would share this really clever presentation. I like statistics so this was really motivating for me. Hope you enjoy it too!
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