5:2 eating plan

This is often referred to as a 5:2 fast, but it isn’t really a fast. For 2 days a week, you eat about 500 calories, 25% of your normal intake (600 for men). I watched a Horizon documentary on this last year, and then read an article in last week’s Sunday Times, and decided to give it a go.

The theory is remarkably simple – no special foods or additives, no counting carbs, up to me how I spread the calories. Now, I know me. I know that I do NOT function well without breakfast, and that I tend to be a grazer. So I wasn’t prepared to go with only tea or water all day and have a 500 cal dinner. Instead, I ate this:
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Breakfast = 100g cottage cheese with a handful of blueberries (110 cal)

Morning snack = 2 crackerbread with a dairylea triangle (80 cal)

Lunch = tin of chicken noodle soup with a large salad of little gem, cherry tomatoes and cumber (160 cal)

Afternoon snack = radishes and sugar snaps ( 30 cal)

Dinner = soufflé omelette of one egg, 2 egg whites, mushrooms and spinach, with steamed courgettes (120 cal)

Now, I was expecting to feel hungry.  The odd tummy rumble didn’t bother me.  To be honest, the fact that this is only for one day. tomorrow I can eat what I like, got me through any odd feelings of hunger.  I didn’t experience any headaches – I switched my usual 7 or 8 cups of tea a day for black tea or herbal tea.  And it was a day when I didn’t have anything else planned.

So…..so far so good!  I will be trying this for a month at least before I give any verdict.  But the scale was down this morning, let’s see if that’s still the case by next week.

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