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The 5:2 Diet: Shiv’s Journey – All Change

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Same me, different me

Hello, if you are reading this it means you are already on 5:2, are thinking about it, or have just stumbled on to We Eat Things and are wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, six months ago, I was all of the above, with the “only” difference being I was 30 lbs. heavier than I am today. I am still 46 years old, am still 5’7″, still doing much the same sort of stuff that I was doing in the past – and yet something feels very different.

In future blogs I will share with you some of my experiences of this remarkable period in my life, and how I hope it is going to fundamentally change the way I feel about myself, the control I now have over what I eat, and when, and how I have been able to do things that I just didn’t think I was able to do.

Sounds a little evangelical and with the zeal of a convert? Yes, and you’d be absolutely right, and hopefully for those of you about to start 5:2, or intermittent fasting (IF) more generally, my relatively short experience with 5:2 may echo with your own experiences, or maybe it will not. I am certainly not trying to compete with the mighty Michael Moseley (who got many of us started down this path), but one of the great things about IF is that there are very few rules (there are some basic ones) and the experiences of other guest bloggers on We Eat Things over the past several months (Heather, thanks for reinstating the blog!) was a source of inspiration and ideas for me. Hopefully my experiences will give some of you the impetus to give it a go.

So where shall we start? While the now seminal Horizon programme on BBC was what got me interested in the idea of giving the 5:2 a go, what really got me off the blocks was some research I read on conquering your fear about fasting. One piece of research (more details can be found here – http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting) suggests that before starting any version of IF, you need to try fasting for a 24 hour period, just to get the hang of the experience of what it is like to feel hunger; let’s face it, going hungry for long periods of time isn’t fun, and not something many of us have experienced in our everyday lives. Also be sure, fasting is not for everyone and doing a trail fast is a great way to decide if this is something that is for you – or not.

So I did it. I came home one Friday evening in the dog days of summer last year, and decided on the spur of the moment that the next day was going to be my trial fast day. I had dinner at about 8 pm, went to bed per usual, and spent a lot of the following day watching the Olympics on telly (a very pleasant distraction, as many will testify to). During the day, I pretty much did all the things I would do on a Saturday (walk the dog etc), with one exception: I didn’t eat anything. Sure, I drank lots of water, lots of green tea, and some black coffee but not a morsel of food passed my very surprised lips till 8 pm on Saturday, and what an astonishing 24 hours it was!

Sure I felt hungry, but I learnt that hunger comes in waves rather than building incessantly. I learnt that hunger is more about dealing with it in your head than in your stomach, and most of all I realised that at the end of 24 hours I wasn’t going to pass out, or worse, die! In fact, I felt rather good, and better still dinner that night Saturday night tasted the best ever. Yet, best of all the confidence I now had in my ability to start on IF was remarkably strong.

In future iterations of this blog, I will talk about why exercising on the fast days is a real bonus for me, why weighing yourself incessantly is not a good idea (but when to, if you must!), how I learnt to count calories from not knowing the difference between proteins and carbohydrates (really, no exaggeration!), and anything else you would like to chat about. As I said above, this blog is about my experiences. I hope you will share yours with me, and we can get something of a conversation started to our collective benefit.

Finally, I don’t want you all think of me as some miserable git who is all about weight loss and nothing else, so if you happen to be in the Holborn area in London, pop into the Holborn Whippet, my local boozer near work – they really have some fabulous beers on tap and not a shabby selection of wines either. Slightly further afield, having just returned from a business trip to Switzerland, I cannot recommend the Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Geneva highly enough. No bookings, no menus, just the best steaks in the business – and best of all you get two helpings, which I exactly what the doctor  ordered after you have been on 5:2 – because you can afford to!

Till next time.

Cheers,

Shiv – Guest Blogger

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The 5:2 Diet – New Guest Blogger!

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Thanks to all of you who applied to be guest blogger on We Eat Things for the 5:2 diet. I am happy to announce that Shiv has been chosen to record his ‘diet’ journey for the foreseeable future.

Shiv says: “I’ve been on this programme since last August, and stumbled on it quite by accident after watching the Horizon programme on iplayer! It really spoke to me, and after doing a little more reading on Intermittent Fasting (IF), decided to have a go. Well, that was 6 months ago, and in that time I have lost over 30 lbs, discovered the importance what I eat, and most importantly have started exercising as often as four times a week.I don’t want to bandy words like “life-changing”, etc, but this experience has really changed a lot of things for me – not least of all the need for a new wardrobe!”

 Even with a hectic lifestyle, the 5:2 way of eating can still work – “I work full-time in a job which requires me to travel quite a lot (I’m writing this from Zurich), but have tried to ensure that the 5:2 programme works around my schedule, rather than the other way around. I have (sort of) made my own rules about 5:2 such that it works for me in a manner that I will want to sustain this on a medium- to long-term basis rather than see this as something I will do for a finite period.”
Can’t wait to hear more exciting news from Shiv over the next few months!

So, how are you all getting on?

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It’s been a while since I have wanted to write about the 5:2 Diet. I never intended this site to be diet-based, but it’s still drawing in hundreds of visitors every day. I have to accept what my audience wants!

I just wondered how everyone is getting on with the 5:2 diet? How long have you been on the diet and how successful has it been for you? Did Christmas hinder your efforts?

Also, I am once again recruiting a guest blogger to share their personal dieting story (5:2 only, please). This time I will focus on just one dieter to keep it simple.

Email me at HEC527@live.co.uk with a paragraph about why you’d like to write for this blog for the foreseeable future and I will choose an appropriate volunteer  by Friday 25th January.

I require a writer for one or two posts per week and preferably someone with good grammar so I don’t have to do too much editing.

I look forward to your submissions!

Thanks for reading,

Heather
We Eat Things

Is The 5:2 Diet Just TOO Boring?

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I haven’t written about this diet for a while, so decided to have a look at how popular it is a few months after it was first discussed on the BBC Horizon television programme. I was surprised to see that there is still an awful lot of buzz around the diet. This article written by Siobhan McNally discusses the author’s short journey on the diet and concludes that “it may mean I get to live longer, but in the meantime I’m going to die of boredom“.

Do you agree that this diet is just too boring to stick to? Is boredom the biggest factor to overcome, or are there other problems such as fatigue or a healthy social life that have blocked your path to success?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

The 5:2 Diet: Pete’s Journey – The Final Chapter

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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!

Pete – Guest Blogger
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The 5:2 Diet: Ashleigh’s Journey – Back Again!

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Wow, I really have been quiet for quite a while now. But, it is with good reason.

Last time is wrote I stated that from now on I would be doing two consecutive fast days as they were what worked best for me. However, since then a lot has changed and I am embarrassed and saddened to say that for the past 10 days I have done no fast days what so ever, yes, none! However, I have not given up, but sometimes, it is just the case that there are other things in life that need focusing on.

Basically, after my last article I officially started my new job, and was thrown into the deep end, being left in charge and working 60 hours within 5 days. I tried to fast during this time, but I just found it physically and mentally impossible. During a 12 hour shift spent serving wonderful food to literally hundreds of customers, I just couldn’t not eat. On one occasion I thought I was going to manage the fast, I had made it past 5 o’clock with only having had poached egg on toast. However, I still had another 7 hours of work left, and by 8pm, I just couldn’t hack it any longer. The hunger was making me unable to focus, and I need focus in my job. So, I had to eat. And I made the decision, that whilst working 12 hour shifts I should never fast. Despite this, I was not disheartened, I planned my next two shifts for my days off, the Sunday and Monday.

But, Sunday was my cousins birthday, and a food feast was in order for the whole family, including me. I felt it would be rude and inconsiderate to eat nothing, when so much work had been put in to preparing such wonderful food for everyone. So I ate.

Then come Monday, I was determined to succeed. And, for the whole day I did, however, by the evening, I had my friends over, watching movies and chatting, and the tortilla chips and dip came out, and I just couldn’t resist.

And then, back to work on the Tuesday, working more 12 hour shifts, and with Freshers Week at the same time, fast days were just an impossibility. Therefore, it is safe to say that the past 10 days have been a failure for me and the 5:2 diet.

But, today is the start of the new uni term and an end to 60 hours of waitressing a week. Phew! I’m not saying that I don’t work hard at uni or anything, but, reading a book requires significantly less calories than waitressing. Therefore, today is the re-start of my journey on the 5:2 diet. I haven’t weighed myself in a few weeks, so I have no idea what this starting point is (i do not own a set of scales, and as a student, grudge paying at the gym to use any – therefore, my trip to the family home on Thursday will be my first weigh in for weeks). However, I can confirm that today and Tuesday will be my fast days this week, and this time round, I am really going for it. I will have my gym sessions, and I will eat well on ‘feed’ days. I am more determined than ever.

However, on an unfortunate note, I do now realise that it will be impossible for me to meet my original goal on time. If everything had gone to plan, by this time next week I would have been weighing in at 11st 4lbs, and considering that on my last article I was 11st 12lbs, I think it is highly unlikely that after 10 days of no 5:2 diet I will have lost any weight. But, on Thursday we will know the truth. So until then, I will work hard with the diet, and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

Ashleigh – Guest Blogger

The 5:2 Diet: Juliet’s Journey – Almost Six Weeks!

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Hubby and I have been on the 5:2 diet now for nearly 6 weeks. We are getting used to the routine of fasting. Sticking to Tuesdays and Thursdays as fast days means I can plan my meals well in advance and I seem able to cope with fasting physically and psychologically quite well now. In fact Tuesday this week was my best fast day yet.

Little and often works for me on fast days so after a small bowl of porridge I had a banana at break time, some salad later in the afternoon and a quorn fillet in tomato sauce for dinner. Hubby had cereal, a small sandwich and a boiled egg and salad. I didn’t seem to get too bad a headache on Tuesday and I was quite encouraged by the fact that at last I seemed to be losing a significant amount of weight (around 7lbs).

The second fast day went ok although I felt very tired. I am pretty sure that any minor ailments that occur on fast days are magnified. I will be interested to see how Hubby and I cope with fasting when the dreaded winter coughs and colds set in. Don’t know what medical advice would be on that, presumably using your common sense you would think that if you were really poorly you would not fast.

Talking of medical matters Hubby had his review at the docs as he has hypertension. The nurse advised him that it would be fine for him to continue on the 5:2 diet but did recommend that on fast days he eat food with as high nutrient content as possible and not just low calorie. In theory you could just eat a few chocolate bars or three packets of crisps to make up your 500/600 calories. Of course it seems obvious that that wouldn’t be good and I’m sure it wouldn’t give you much energy but I think the high nutrient idea is one I will keep firmly in the front of my mind when fasting. 

Juliet – Guest Blogger