Wednesday, 17 June 2015

5:2 Diet Week 1

A couple of weeks ago I totally gave up on my attempts of the 5:2 diet after 4 fast days, so 2 weeks. For those of you that don't know what the 5:2 diet is, it's basically a fasting diet where you eat completely normal for 5 days of the week and then 2 days you fast. This means you only eat 500 calories (or 600 for men). It works by reducing your calorie intake from those fast days rather than reducing your calorie daily so it has the same idea of a calorie restricted diet, just easier.

I think I initially gave up because it was hard to plan what to eat on the fasting days and the people around me were eating whatever they wanted and it's incredibly hard to say no when someone offers you something.

So here's round 2 of the 5:2 diet tries and I'm currently on my first fast day after about a months break.
Breakfast: Bran flakes (107 calories) or just green tea (0 calories)
Lunch: Soup (around 100 calories) or a pack of cous cous (147 calories)
Dinner: 1 Medium sweet potato, baked (150 calories) or a stir fry (80 calories)
Snacks: Apple (70 calories), Grapes & berries are low calorie, jelly (10 calories), various vegetables.


  • Avoid carbs. Veg and fruit is great on these days as you can munch down on a whole bag of celery and not have touched your calorie count hardly.
  • Drink as much fluid as humanly possible.
  • Eat ice. Ice chips really make me feel like I'm eating something when in reality I'm not.
  • Stay active. I know this can be hard when you're tired and cranky, but if you just sit in front of the tv while you're starving you will be tempted to snack.
  • If you have to snack, again get veg. Carrot sticks and cucumber sticks are ideal if you object to celery.
  • Tea and coffee with milk rack up the calories so take this into consideration if you need your caffeine fix more than once a day. I tend to have a cup in the morning and at night & this goes to about 30 calories.
  • Chewing gum can be a great way to keep your mind and mouth busy and is a low-calorie alternative to snacks.
  • Go on 5:2 forums, there are plenty of people doing it & so you can get great support!
  • Research low calorie recipes
  • Download My Fitness Pal to track your calories

Overall I really think this is a great diet. So many people have seen great results and it's good that you can still have a glass of wine or go out for a meal without feeling like you've betrayed yourself.

(Ana Sophia's success story here)

(Carolines story here)

You'd think that you'd wake up starving the day after a fast day but the last couple of times I've done it I wake up feeling fine. I think that's one thing I hated about calorie restricted diets, I was ALWAYS hungry. I'd rather be hungry on two days and know the next day I could eat a bit of chocolate. I really like this diet, which I'd say is more of a lifestyle because I think it changes the way you see food. I hope that I can keep up with it & for you guys to follow me on my journey!

I haven't weighed myself, I don't own scales and that's just something I've never done. I think you can get too caught up on numbers so I'm going to go on how I feel and how I look. I might do a monthly weigh in just to track my process.

I'm going to be posting weekly updates on how it's going and what I ate on my fast days so let me know if you'd like more on this

Til' next time! XOXO


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