As you may have read from some of my previous posts, I’m experimenting with The Fast Diet, otherwise known as the 5:2 Diet.
What’s the Fast Diet? Well, in a nutshell, you eat whatever you want for five days of the week, then restrict your calories to 500 (or 600 for men) for the other two non-consecutive days – hence the name 5:2.
So how easy is it? Honestly, it’s not been too bad. And once you start seeing results, the motiviation is a lot stronger. In the last five weeks since I began (excluding my gluttonous Sicilian holiday!) I’ve lost a kilo for every week.
Yeah, you’re hungry on fast days. Yes, you need to exercise a little self-control, but the key is preparation.
I make sure I plan out my day’s meals the day before, otherwise that moment of indecision in front of the fridge can sway my resolve – and you don’t want to have to nip out to the shops either – too much temptation!
Ensuring you’ve got some diet-friendly snacks to hand is also essential.
Here’s my five favourite snacks to get me through a Fast Day:
Nakd Bars (157 calories each)
I look forward to enjoying a Ginger Bread Nakd Bar with a black coffee. They’re surprisingly filling, full of good stuff, and great if you’re craving something sweet late in the afternoon.
Kallo Low Calorie Rice Cakes (30 calories each)
I know, I know, rice cakes can be really boring. But these Low Fat Rice Cakes from Kallo have been a lifesaver for me on a Fast Day. I’ll often eat one or two of these when the hunger pangs kick in, and they do the trick to quiet the rumbling for a little while.
Boiled eggs (95 calories for a large egg)
Full of protein, nice and tasty when sprinkled with some salt and pepper, and relatively portable snack (I pop mine, shelled, in a little plastic sealed container when I’m on the move), a boiled egg is the perfect snack.
Apples (50 calories each)
Again, super portable and very cheap, an apple is full of fibre and a good way to stay satisfied between meals.
Herbal tea (a tiny amount of calories!)
There’s barely any calories in herbal tea (around just 3 or 4 calories per cup).
I find that keeping a variety of flavours on-hand is a good distraction – my current favourite is Twinings Sleep Tea – a blend of camomile, lavender and vanilla. Twinings also do one called Butter Mint Sensation that I quite like.
I’m finding that I quite look forward to the challenge of each Fast Day, and have only once been swayed from the very strict limits. But, there’s always tomorrow!
Looking for some ideas on Fast Day meals? Take a look at my 5:2 recipes.