A few weeks ago thanks to my Plenish cleanse I came across 5:2 fasting diet. I also watched the BBC Horizon episode Eat, Fast & Live Longer with my husband, which explains why to do this diet in details ( restoring your cells, improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, also in your insulin sensitivity, this diet should put you in the low cancer risk group).
At the end we both agreed it sounded like something we would love to do for us, for our health and also for our children.
I am not going to go into too much details about this diet as there is so much information about it online, plus you can buy Michael Mosley books and recipe books.
The main principle is that 2 days out of a seven-day period you fast, not completely, but you do not consume more than 500 Kcal, and for the rest 5 days you eat normally.
First of all, I would like to say that I have tried many different diets in my life before children, and the only one that seemed to be working for me was a very restrictive low carb diet. It meant years of controlling my portions, never touching pasta, chips and mainly eating seafood, chicken and salads.
Back then I was a size 10 and considered myself a bit fat. These days I have to laugh at how silly this was. Back then I also used to go power-walking every day or swimming.
After my first pregnancy and putting massive 20kg on, I really struggled to lose the extra weight and it was thanks to doing lots of exercise and restricting what I ate that I managed to lose it all.
As I was getting older I was realising that I actually hate always watching what I was eating and restricting myself, and not allowing myself to eat things I really wanted to eat.
Then I decided that life is too short and started my own diet, which basically means eat & drink everything but in moderation. I have been following this for the past 8 years, and believe it or not, this has worked for me.
I have also kept my fitness routines as that is a vital part of it all. If you just diet and do no exercise, that is not a healthy way to lose weight and to live. Even skinny people need to workout.
Anyway, I am happy on my body and despite doing all my workouts I know I have a few bits here and there, but am not stressing about it as I used to in my twenties.
I love my body and want to keep it healthy as long as possible and that is the only reason why I have started 5:2 diet. Not to lose weight but to help my body stay healthy.
I have been following this diet (but prefer calling it a way of life as it is a life changing thing for me) for over 6 weeks, and have realised my clothes are getting looser, and the extra bits are slowly becoming much smaller, disappearing. I have also realised I sleep much better, and feel happier.
How do I get through the fasting days?
Well, for me the easiest is to do the first fasting day on a Monday after the weekend. I start my day with some porridge with semi-skimmed milk. That usually keeps me happy till about 1/2 pm when I go for a small banana.
I also need to stress that drinking lots of water and herbal teas really helps me get through the day. When my girls have their dinner at about 5pm, I have some vegetable soup or steamed courgette. If I am really hungry then I go for another small banana before bedtime.
At first I thought I would not be able to sleep as I would be too hungry, but the opposite is the truth. I get so tired on the days when I fast that I almost cannot keep my eyes open till 9pm. I sleep deeply and usually do not wake up before 7am. Here you have it! An amazing effect on sleep!
The other day we were talking about this with my husband, and he finds exactly the same effects on him, so it’s not just my personal experience.
The second day of the fasting is usually Thursday or Friday. I also do my workouts on the fasting days, and can say that I do not think I struggle more on these days thanks to using my energy on the workouts.
I am happy to say that the 5:2 Fast diet has really changed my life, and am loving it. I am getting better at choosing the right food, counting calories on the fast days, and really hope this is the way to live my life.
Have you ever tried it? Are you thinking of starting this way of life? If you have any questions please ask in the comments below.