I have created no art.
I have read a few books.
I have cooked a few meals and baked a few cakes.
The reason for this blog post out of the blue is that I have become inspired. I am
I have never before followed a 'fad' diet. I don't believe that diets like Atkins, The Cambridge diet, cabbage soup diets or any of those wacko diets work in the long term and the weight just piles back on when you (inevitably) start eating properly again. I fully believe the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to re-educate your mind about food, eat healthily and sensibly and get a fair amount of exercise. Easier said than done! This diet, however, does seem to be different. It has many followers in many different guises. Many spiritual groups follow a feed/fast routine. And the health benefits shown in the BBC programme are astonishing. Do I want to cut my risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers AND lose weight at the same time? Why, yes, I think I do!
So here's the plan. Michael Mosley tested a number of different versions of the diet on the programme - fasting for nearly 4 days every few months, fasting every other day, or fasting 2 days out of 7. Guess which one appeals to me the most?! Ha! 2 days out of 7? I think I can do that!
Now, when I say "fast" ... it's not actually complete fasting. I will take in around 500 calories on the fasting days. On the "feed" days I'm aiming for around 1700 calories, though I may tweak this as the weeks go on (see the optimism there?! Yes! I'm talking about weeks ahead!). I'll be using myfitnesspal.com to track my calories as I know I'll get lost if I don't use something! Tomorrow will be my first fasting day. I plan to fast on either Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays, depending on what's happening with family life, etc.
I know if I am to succeed at this I will have to spread my calories out throughout the day (as there is not a whole lot of research around at the moment, word is it doesn't make much difference how you consume your calories). Here is tomorrow's plan:
Breakfast: green tea with lemon - 2 cals
Snack: graze box love mix - 98 cals
Lunch: Hairy Dieters Minestrone - 98 cals
Snack: cranberry green tea - 1 cals
Snack: cup of bovril - 10 cals
Dinner: salmon fillet with couscous, red pepper and mushrooms - 264 cals
Evening: herbal tea - 2 cals
Total cals for the day: 512
I'm also hoping to get my husband on board with this - he's in the same boat and I can tell the health benefits appeal to him greatly (he has a fear of developing Alzheimers particularly). Guys get to eat an extra 100 cals on the fast days, lucky buggers! I'll let you know how we get on!