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Almost a year ago I sent in a post about this ‘revolutionary’ diet
that I had pretty much fallen in love with after just two weeks. It has
now been 48 weeks and I have no plans to ever stop it.
was a teenager I have been unhappy with my weight, looks, hair… if it
was superficial I hated it about myself. Previously I had minor success
with short term weight loss, soup diets and the like, and I managed a
good year of being small with concentrated diet and exercise.
small successes were in vain however as I possess very little will
power. VERY little. I manage six months before I get bored or lazy or
So when I found out about my friends amazing weight
loss, as I talked about in my last post, the 5:2 diet seemed like a good
one to at least try. Almost 12 months later I have already beaten my
record on both weight loss and sustainability. I even managed to carry
on over Christmas…
…Okay so I didn’t manage both days over
Christmas but I at least felt the need for one day. Which is why I think
I have been converted in my thinking for good; I physically felt the
need for a 500 day. Christmas is a time when we excuse over-indulgence
with those amazing three words ‘Tis the season’. So when I was nearing a
full week passing without my having a 500 day I felt heavier than I
ever have done at Christmas time. The day after I had a low calorie day I
felt sharper, hungry for normal food, and more keen to get off the sofa
and out in the fresh air.
Now I’m not saying this diet isn’t
hard. I have days when I give up completely and consume my weight in
chocolate. I also do not spend the calories on my five days ‘off’
particularly wisely – if I did I would be able to go down to a 6:1
ratio. Unfortunately my lack of sustainable willpower means I doubt I
will be able to do this as I go a bit crazy on the biscuits or bread
Back to the positives. Within about six months of this
diet I was down to my ideal-ish weight, losing about a stone. This has
fluctuated slightly, depending on the amount of alcohol I consume or
baking I do, but I have a steady base weight which I am more than happy
I have no scientific proof of my blood glucose levels
reducing or whether or not I have staved off Alzheimer’s, a couple of
the reasons why I wanted to try it in the first place, which is a shame.
I hope I am healthier in body and mind physically, I definitely feel
it, and it would be an added bonus to the weight loss and confidence
boost I have.
All through this I have been calling 5:2 a ‘diet’,
but to me it is now normality. My consumer behaviour on my fasting days
generally consists of drinking a couple of mugs of tea in the morning, a
slim-a-soup mid-afternoon to combat the empty feeling I get, a zero
calorie drink if I feel like I need an energy boost, and then a dinner
of veggies and protein with some carbs.
This is the pattern I
found works best for me. A lot of people split their calories across one
big one small meal per day, but I find I get hungry if I eat something
solid in the day and then my evening meal is completely unsatisfactory
and I go to bed grumpy.
I cheat and have 100/200 calories over my allotted number, but then
what is life if we play by the rules 100% of the time? I am in the
healthy BMI range and can fit into a size 12 with some room to spare for
extra pizza slices on occasion. More than that, I’m happy.
anyone out there has had the same success as I have, or been on this
diet for longer, I would love to hear your thoughts. And if I’ve managed
to inspire anyone out there to give this one a go, without using the lighter life version that Gemma has, then good luck and keep in touch!