5:2 Fasting Tweaking
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.