The 5:2 diet, the weight loss will come won’t it?

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Mmm, I’m feeling a little despondent today. I have had no further weight loss since my last post.

I have been doing the 5:2 for the last couple of weeks, this is week 3 and I have yet to see any results. I thought this was unusual as I had yet to see anyone who had said this diet had not worked for them.

I have been eating 500 calories or less on the two ‘fast days’ and normally on the non-fast days.

So I’m wondering:

  • Do I need to track calories on non-fast days – it kind of feels like the the point of the diet that you don’t have to though.
  • Am I just being a bit too relaxed at the weekend – is a whole bottle of wine to myself too much (yes, yes, I already know the answer to this)
  • Do I need to up my exercise – I have decided yes, and so I have. I have asked Pete to help with heavy weights – more on this in a future blog post.

Something is telling me to stick with it and I decided to take a look around some forums, landing immediately on the forums on the 5:2 website. This one particularly stood out for me. Click here to take you to a useful and funny post.

A lot of people it seems don’t get the rapid weight loss that the books indicate that you get. I am going to stick with it for the following reasons:

  1. It’s not just about weight loss, the book talks about a lot of other health benefits, such as staving off disease, slowing the ageing process etc. All sounds pretty good to me.
  2. Being properly hungry is teaching me about how I eat on a normal day. What I mean by that is I have realised just quite how often I eat for comfort / to stave off boredom / when I’m anxious / mindlessly in front of my laptop at work etc. In fact I have also really noticed how a lot of my colleagues at work will eat mindlessly in front of their computer.
  3. Because it does fit in with the Paleo theory, that it would have been about feast and famine. Plus Paleo is expensive so if I’m barely eating on fast days, it is going to cut the cost. Plus obviously I don’t drink on fast days, so it’s a good way to cut that down too.
  4. I believe fighting the hunger on the fast days is also teaching me other things about myself. Such as, yes I can exercise, no, I’m not going faint, hunger doesn’t build until you keel over, it ebbs and flows. Keeping busy at something you enjoy reduces hunger, as does exercise.

So I’m going to stick with it and adjust a few things, maybe the following:

  • Eat even less on the fast days. It’s supposed to be a quarter of your calorie intake, so maybe 500 calories is too much for me. I’m hungry anyway, so if I do 300 calories, instead of 500 it’s not going to make that much difference to be honest.
  • Switch from wine to white spirits (Mr L banged his head on the kitchen counter when I told him of this particular solution)
  • Up my exercise – this is the fun positive part – I’m really enjoying doing a bit more lately.

One final thought, I recently said to a friend ‘don’t worry about me, I like dieting, it’s sort of like a hobby’. Until I heard myself saying this, it hadn’t really occurred to me and it’s actually quite useful to know. It has made me look at thing a lot more positively.

In the meantime I recommend people avoid me on Mondays and Thursdays (or sometimes Wednesdays depending on how my week pans out) because, well this 😉

Hungry pic

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