Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I would just like to summarize my experience with the 5:2 diet so far.
The diet is supposed to bring many health benefits, weight loss and maintenance being just one part. This part is however important for me, so I chose to give it a go. I expected to get a better grip of portion sizes (by seeing how small portion can actually be enough) and to practically learn that occasional hunger does not present any danger. Furthermore I though that such system may somewhat simplify my food preparation routines.
Well, so far the journey has been quite surprising.
The biggest surprise is that it is actually very easy to stick to 500 kcal. When I choose my fast-day meals wisely, meaning lean foods with high protein content, and I use some extra fibers (such as psyllium husk), I don't even notice I ate only 500 kcal.
Another surprise is that I don't feel any urge to overeat on the non-fasting days. I may actually be eating even less calories those days than I ate on average before I started with 5:2. It really makes me understand that "the food is going nowhere" and that there is therefore no need to eat everything now. That is very good.
The weight loss came as a surprise too. So far (2.5 weeks) I lost 2.5 kg. The largest drop occurred during the first week, I suspect I was retaining some awful amounts of water.
I got also surprised by the elevated energy levels with my energy being extra high on the fasting days. This is described in literature, but who believes that without trying, right? :) I find it easy to both train and to concentrate on fasting days.
So far so good...... as long as the high energy occurs during the active part of the day, it makes the fasting day quite a pleasant experience which I am actually looking forward too.
However, and here we are getting into the less pleasant part, the elevated energy levels can disturb the sleep. Again, a known, described effect, which however caught me unprepared during the very first week. After my first fast day, I did actually not fall asleep at all The second fast day was ok, the third I had again some hard time to fall asleep, but finally I managed. Fasting days 4 and 5 were completely fine.
Last but not least, the day after my first fasting day I experienced quite a proper diarrhea. This has not repeated itself after any other fasting days.
Altogether, 5:2 !
Sunday, January 05, 2014
This year I plant to participate in a major sport event, which takes place at the end of summer.
Knowing, that I reach my best sports performance around 50-51 kg, this will be my weight goal for this year. I intend to reach the weight goal during the last phase of my preparation, rather than do it gradually. I would however like to start to monitor my eating already now to avoid a weight gain.
The last couple of months I have been training according to my plan and eating rather freely, which resulted in some small weight gain with respect to the lowest weight I reached earlier in the autumn. It takes some time to get used to the hard training regime and the appetite that comes with it.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Since my last weighing 10 days ago, my weight has increased by 0.5 kg. Considering the fact that I did not gain all that much weight even during months when I was not monitoring my calorie intake, I don't think it is actually fat creeping on me. I am not overtaken by panic but I am not very glad either. I would certainly prefer to see a weight loss.
I would like to say that from now on, my focus will be on a super accurate, borderline anal food tracking and perhaps lowering the top of the calorie range. However there are some major life changes coming up soon, so at first, there may be some chaos.
Friday, August 09, 2013
I guess an optimist would call my last half year's plateau for a "slightly premature, however rather efficient maintenance" :)
My goal weight is 52 kg and since about January, I have been stacked at 54-56 kg. The first three months I was logging my calories daily and for seven weeks I also kept an activity log. I dislike the activity logging, by the way. Knowing that 80% of the weight loss is anyway realized in the kitchen, I found the detail logs I used to produce back then pretty much a waste of time. Needless to say that the burned kcal estimates are so rough that the expression "wild guesses" characterizes them better.
Logging or not, the results were not coming and I was getting more and more obsessed and frustrated. At some point I decided to stop the logging and food restrictions all together, because my obsession was getting a bit ugly. My body was clearly refusing any further weight loss, so I gave it a break.
Now, four months later I would like to resume the weight loss, staring from 55 kg and the four-week SP plateau combat plan.
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