I no longer think of myself on a diet. I’m still doing 5:2, trying to be flexible on which days I do my fasting, but it’s not a diet. I think I’ve actually changed the way I think about food and the way I eat. Now I just happen to like to have two days a week when I take it easy and make do with 600 cals. That’s it really; it doesn’t seem a big deal now, just a minor part of my lifestyle.
I hardly even notice the hunger anymore. I’ve come to enjoy the feeling of having a completely empty stomach. After a few hours of not eating I feel a huge rush of air gurgling up from my insides and echoing through my tummy in a muffled roar. I like that – it’s a lot more pleasant feeling than it sounds!
My weight loss has slowed, but not stopped. I’m pretty much holding steady with a good, healthy BMI of 24.5. Officially, I’m no longer overweight, and I do feel better. No more indigestion, no more squeezing into too tight jeans and no more trying to suck my gut in.
I think 5:2 has been a big success for me, all the more so because I don’t feel I’m really trying. I’m certainly not restricting what I eat on feed days, so there’s never a point where I can crumble as so often happens in traditional diets. All I need to do is just slow down a bit two times a week.
It’s a piece of cake!