Five Days In

It has been five days since I started the fast diet and things are going well.

Previously, when I’ve attempted a calorie restricted diet I would aim for about 1200 to 1300 calories per day. I managed it, but it was hard. With that sort of restriction you find yourself thinking about food all the time as you are having to find things to fit in to your restricted day.

At the moment I am doing the Fast Diet. That means for two days a week I can only consume 600 calories and the other days I can eat normally. The Fast diet was made famous in 2012 on a BBC Horizon program with Dr Michael Mosley. Now, Dr Mosley has also released a book (which I have read) which explains the benefits of fasting.

thefastdiet.co.uk

Some benefits of fasting include:

  • Weight loss.
  • A reduction in risk of cancer and other age related diseases.
  • A switching on of genes in your body that respond to this stressor.
  • Gives your pancreas a rest and boosts the effectiveness of the insulin it produces. This in turn reduces risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
  • An overall enhancement of mood and sense of wellbeing.
  • I’ve made a slight amendment to the Fast Diet for my sake which means on the five days I can eat what I like I am aiming for around 1700 calories.

    So far, I’ve lost just over 3 lbs but its only the first week. I feel good and I don’t feel as though I am on a “diet” simply because I can eat so much on the 1700 calorie days. I also didn’t find the two fasting days that difficult and it was quite nice to feel “empty” for a bit.

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    By the time I finish this week my average daily calories will be about 1300 which is amazing. I’m enjoying it (sounds weird doesn’t it?) and looking forward to the fast days again to see how I feel the second time around. Perhaps they’ll be more difficult?

    PS – I’ve written this using my iPad so if there are errors or anything please accept my apologies.

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