Okay, not really whatever, but your normal diet. Real foods. Yes, you can have all your goodies, but it's not a free for all. If you over-eat for 5 days a week, NO you will NOT lose weight. If you fast 2 days a week and eat, for example, a Mediterranean based diet, fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and olive oil, you will lose about 1-2 pounds a week. Adding in a glass or 2 of wine is okay too.
If you study the food pyramid, you can see there are a lot of food choices. Good, healthy food choices.
The suggested days to fast (eat 500 calories only) are Mondays and Thursdays. You should NOT do back to back days of fasting. Exercise on fasting days should be minimal.
I did my first 500 calorie day this Thursday. Here is what I ate:
Breakfast ~ 4 egg whites scrambled with 1 whole chopped tomato
Lunch ~ 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 1 cup of strawberries
Dinner ~ 8 oz of Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness with 4 oz of water
Snack ~ 10 almonds
Total calories 596. I will admit that it was a bit difficult, especially in the evening, when my cravings usually surface. But I stayed the course and was significantly rewarded.
I weighed myself on Thursday morning and then again on Friday morning.
Weight loss 3 lbs!!!
|I know the 3 pounds I lost was not body fat, but you get the idea!|
Fortunately, with healthy eating on Friday I woke up today with a .6 lb deficit.
My next fast day is Monday. I must admit I am looking forward to fasting. I am hopeful that this is the eating plan that I will be able to follow and live with. I have tried just about everything to lose weight and while I usually begin with a bang, by the 3rd or 4th week I am bored with it all.
In the next few weeks I'll share the ups and downs of the 5:2 Fast Diet.
What do you think about this sort of eating plan? Crazy or no?