I've been reading about the 5:2 Diet and have decided to give it a try. Basically you eat normally, but wisely for 5 days of the week and on 2 days you go on a semi-fast (500 cal. per day). I've added a link to the British TV documentary about Intermittent Fasting, upon which this diet is based. The link is at the very end of this post. The idea appeals to me because on the 5 days you don't need to count calories, log food etc. And the days you fast are flexible. For example, I plan to fast on Sundays and Thursdays, but obviously I don't want to fast on Thanksgiving Day (a Thursday), so I'll just fast the day before, on Wed. or possibly on Tuesday. When you get to maintenance stage, you just fast for one day a week and if at some time you find that your weight is creeping up, you just return to fasting 2 times a week until you've returned to your goal weight. This seems like it might be sustainable to me, because I know that it is not realistic to think I will count and log calories for the rest of my life. Also there are no rules, other than the 500 cal fasts. Most diets are awash in rules and that gets old fast!
So this is the first day of fasting for me. I'm going to log in here to add to this post a few times today, so I can get a baseline picture of how my day is going.
Last night I made some sugar free jello to help me over an tough spots I may encounter. I added Benefiber to it, to help me feel a little fuller. I also bought some celery and radishes. The radishes have a satisfying crunch and a peppery flavor, which makes me feel I've eaten something, but each radish is only 1 cal.
Here's what I had for brunch today (142 cal.):
Sugar Free Jello
1 roma tomato
1 string cheese
4:00 p.m. -So far this hasn't been nearly as difficult as I assumed it would be. I just ate a 2nd bowl of jello, but I'm not uncomfortably hungry. I've kept busy in my studio designing and photographing my jewelry. I think I'm going to be able to pull this off. Stay tuned....
8:00 p.m. -I did it!!!! It wasn't even difficult. I'm so pleased! I still have a little over 100 cal. left so I can have a snack before bed. Perhaps a string cheese or some tuna. I've already gone 24 hours, so I could stop here, but they recommend waiting till the next morning and unless hunger interferes with sleep, that's what I intend to do.
Dinner (252 cal.):
2 cups chicken broth (next time I should make sure I have fat free broth)
3 oz chicken, bite sized pieces, skinless
half cup canned mushrooms
fourth cup carrots
fourth cup celery
For more info, watch the documentary here: vimeo.com/54089463