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!