Giving the 5:2 diet a try - got nothing to lose!!!
Well so far I have been following (loosely) the Rosemary Conley diet. I don't find it too bad, not too restrictive (though trying to find a dinner for 500 calories or less every day of the week isn't the easiest, especially without planning). However, I am not losing as much weight as I'd hoped. I know losing an average of 2lbs a week is a good, sustainable weight loss, but my wedding dress fitting is in 9 weeks and 2 days!! I really really need to lose 3inches off my hips (minimum!!)
My partner and I have heard things about the 5:2 diet in the press lately, so I had a quick google in the week, and bought the book on Thursday. Read most of it this weekend, and I am ready to start my first fast day tomorrow!!
I am hoping that being so restrictive 2 days a week, will help me to eat a little healthier for the rest of the week. i.e. less snacking! I'm sure that is my main downfall - either skipping meals and then grabbing a biscuit or two, or having little sweet treats on top of my 3 main meals. I have sat down lately and realised how much my life revolves around food, and I don't want it to be like that.
Am also hoping that I will lose quite a bit of weight like this. A few months ago I had to go dairy free for a while when I was breast-feeding. All I cut out was dairy, but because its in pretty much all snacks in one way or another, I ended up cutting out the snacking completely. I still ate what I wanted for my main meals (provided it was dairy free) - including having peanut butter on bagels etc for breakfast/lunch. At one point I lost 7lbs in 2 weeks. Now I know I was still breast-feeding at the time, but I was also not doing any exercise at all.
Got to re-train my brain I think. Food is the solution for hunger, not boredom!!
If I want to treat myself from now on I will try to have more bubble baths etc, than bars of chocolate!!
I'm going to take all my measurements tomorrow; inches, weight, BMI and blood sugar levels (studies have shown that Intermittent Fasting can reduce insulin and blood sugar levels - something I am particularly interested in as I have PCOS).
Will put them all on here in the morning!