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5:2 Diet Week 1 - Fast 1

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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
3 radishes
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
2 radishes

For more info, watch the documentary here:
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    I was doing something similar (Johnsons Alternate Day Diet) in which you fast (about 500 cals) every other day...but I couldn't stick with it.
    I like this alternative and think I will try fasting 2 days a week. I have read tons of research on how fasting aids in longevity so it is certainly worth giving it a try. I have a ton of low cal meals already mapped out for these days, and it is ridiculous how much you can actually eat on 500 calorie days - just think VEGGIES and more VEGGIES!
    1631 days ago
    I started 5:2 last week. I've been stuck for a long time now. Just cannot get myself below the mid 130's. No matter how much I work out, that's where I have been stuck. No matter how well I stayed within my calorie range- that's where I have been. It's seriously aggravating.

    I am in week 2 now. I've completed 3 fasts. Tomorrow or Thursday will be my 4th. I agree, starvation mode doesn't come into play for days after you quit eating. It's working for me so far. I hope it works for you too. Good luck! If you need support, just post on the team's wall. We're here for you!

    1654 days ago
    Thank you GardenQE2! I appreciate your encouraging words. This diet may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I don't believe that it is dangerous, for the same reasons you mentioned. I plan to carry on!
    1655 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2013 11:13:16 AM
    Don't be too concerned with naysayers! Our ancestors (as recently as the 1930s ) had 500-calorie days as part of a normal diet. They survived and thrived!
    Research shows that the "starvation mode" isn't activated until three or four fast days in a row, and sometimes not even that soon!
    My son and DIL have been doing alternate-day-fasting since last December, they have both lost around 100 pounds, and run miles every day. They take part in every fun run in their area and have plans to run a half-marathon. My son and my grandsons lift weights at a gym, and she teaches swimming as well.
    Weakness isn't a problem! This is the best plateau-buster I have found!
    Happy fasting! emoticon
    1655 days ago
    In case anyone is interested in learning more, 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 the blog post.
    1656 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/10/2013 4:15:37 PM
    I don't like the idea of this. Your body NEEDS food to survive. Living off of 500 calories a day is not a good idea, even if it is only for one day a week. You're going to put your body in starvation mode and then you will not gain weight, you will plateau. This type of diet is not only bad in that sense, but it gives you the freeness to completely eat whatever the hell you want on the days you're not fasting. Making a 1000 calorie dinner completely acceptable.
    I don't follow a diet. I eat what i want when i want in moderation. I do not require myself to track calories but once in awhile i do just to make sure i'm hitting my goals, or atleast close to them. This kind of LIFESTYLE allows me to eat sweets, but it reminds me to portion control. To eat them in moderation.

    I'm not saying, don't try that diet, I'm just saying reconsider it. Do you really think eating only 500 calories will benefit you in the long run (think about your health and the nutrients your body NEEDS).
    1656 days ago
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