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It works - good book for background info on method
am 2. April 2017
I have watched Michael Mosleys horizon documentary as well as read several newspaper articles about intermittent fasting. I then decided to give it a shot (the worst that could happen was that nothing would happen). So I bought the book and the cook book (fast cook) and started by reading all the background information while on my first fast day. The book details the personal experiences of the authors and research Michael did on different approaches to intermittend fasting. It also give a few recipes and meal ideas (more in the cook book). What I like about 5:2 is that it is so very flexible. You can choose the days of the week according to your work schedule, you can decide if you like to have breakfast and dinner or lunch and dinner or just one big meal or if you're really determined, nothing but water. See what works for you. I do Mondays and Thursdays with about half my calorie allowance for breakfast and the other half for dinner. In between it's just water, tea and black coffee. If I'm not feeling so well and can't cope with the hunger, I'll have a cup of plain soup/veg stock for lunch to keep me going. It was unbelievably easy for me to do the fast days, I never would have thought it's that easy (although I understand that for some people it can be hard to resist the hunger - it helped me a great deal to know that the grumbling in your stomach goes away after about 20 min and to keep busy while it lasts). I have been doing this for 7 months now and have lost about 12 kg. When in the beginning I got hungry twice during my fasts (around 2 pm and 7 pm :) ), now often it's only once. Sometimes, in the evening when it's time for dinner, I'm still not that hungry but eat my 250 kcal meal so I don't get hungry later in the evening and because I've only had 250 kcal in the morning. Contrary to what you might think, I find it easy to excercise on fast days. Since I don't have to bother with lunch, I finish work early and to keep me from thinking about food all the time, I excercise for 2 hours and have my dinner afterwards. I feel more energised and not weak or dizzy at all when I do this. It's like my body can do the excercies better when it is not busy digesting food and storing fat...
Another very helpful feature of the book is the calorie table at the end. It helps a lot at the beginning, by now I know the calorific value of most foods I eat often by heart. But you only need this 2 days a week anyway, because the other 5 you can eat normally (sensibly) without counting calories. Another great thing about this way of life. I love food and I wouldn't last a week on a diet that forbids carbs/ sweets/ fat... altoghether. I wouldn't want to feel bad everytime I eat, that would be a huge decrease in my quality of life. With 5:2, I tell myself I can eat that cookie the next day and not have a guilty conscience - and the next day the cookie might still be appealing or it might not.
I will soon switch to 6:1 to keep the weight off but it will be weird to only have 1 fast day a week, I have become so used to it.