Saturday, June 7, 2014

5:2 Diet The Fast Diet

 How would you feel if you could eat WHATEVER you wanted 5 days a week?  BUT, 2 days a week you could only consume 500 calories?  Initially, this sounds like a dream come true. French fries, ice cream, doughnuts, margarita's, and on and on and on.  

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?


  1. I've never heard of the 5:2 Diet but it sounds intriguing. I've been eating a vegan diet for the last three years and it really works for me. Keep us posted on your results!

    1. Maurissa, I think that once you are able to find the right eating plan, such as vegan for yourself. Everything else simply falls in place. I have strong hope that this will be the plan for me. So far so good.

  2. I've never heard of this. I feel like that is something I could do. I tend to either go all or nothing with diets. This sounds like I could go back and forth without worrying about messing up

    1. Agreed Krystle. That's what makes this diet so doable. I had my 2nd fast day yesterday and I will admit I had cravings, but not hunger. I am hoping to learn the difference and stay on top of my destructive craving binges. So far so good, fingers crossed that this is the food eating plan for me.

  3. I can admit that this plan would be haaaaaard for me! Like you, my cravings usually surface in the evening (especially after a workout) and I would probably blow the fast right then and there. :-( The results you have sound great though! I am anxious to read your next post about the ups and downs of it.

    1. Britton, on fasting days, I am not working out for the exact reason you mentioned. Or if you must a light workout. Surprisingly on my 2nd fast I really wasn't hungry. It's the cravings that begin to taunt me. I hope that I will be able to come to grips with them and learn to control myself. You are right, it's haaaaard!

  4. I haven't heard of this diet before but it sounds interesting. Keep us posted on your progress and maybe I'll give it a try if it continues to work for you!

    1. Kate, I think this is the best eating plan ever! I was only able to follow the plan for 1 week, but lost 2 pounds. I had to have knee surgery so I wasn't able to follow plan because of the meds I was taking. (had to take on a full stomach) I'll be back on track next Monday and I will definitely post my progress. There seems to be a lot of interest in this eating plan.


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