5:2 Diet: First Week

I’m reading a book about the 5:2 Diet and I am going to write about my journey. Follow along with me!

What is the 5:2 Diet?

Basically, the 5:2 diet is a method of intermittent fasting in which you have two non-consecutive fasting days where you eat 500-600 calories. The other non-fasting days, you eat normally and it isn’t necessary to count calories. Here’s a good article all about it, along with the book I’m reading.


Please note: On non-fasting days, you will see I indulged with some sweets – that’s the beauty of this diet. You don’t have to deprive yourself for long periods of time.

Why I Am Doing Intermittent Fasting

I am trying out this way of fasting because I of course would like to lose a few pounds, but it is also for the health benefits all around. I want to be around for a long time and serve my loved ones at optimum capacity, and to do that I need to have a healthy weight and healthy body that has periods of rest where it can repair itself. That is exactly what happens during a fast. My purpose of fasting this time around is unrelated to Lent, but I am however grateful for the spiritual benefits and I do incorporate prayer and I offer up my feelings of hunger for specific prayer intentions.

Day 1:

My first fast day. I spread out my meals into 5 meals, so I could trick myself into thinking I had more food than I did. I also ate slowly and tried to remember to chew each bite 30 times, to get the aroma of my food, and to take small bites. Since I was eating so much less, I notice my other senses seemed more keen. When I took a shower, it was more invigorating. The scent of flowers more stimulating. When I did eat, the food tasted so much more wonderful and I appreciated it so much more. It was hard to feel the pang of hunger, but not as hard as I thought. I thought I’d feel very run down and cranky. But honestly, I felt okay and I was as productive as any other day just hungrier. I’m hoping that I will sleep well tonight, and not wake up because I’m too hungry. Here’s some pictures of what I ate:

Day 2:

I had a rough night of sleep. The dog woke me up and needed water, and I think the caffeine I had later in the day also affected my sleep, nonetheless, hunger. Today I ate normally, and I indulged a little. I had a cinnamon roll and a piece of apple pie after dinner. I felt really hungry in the morning, but I felt much better after I ate breakfast and snacked a little. I didn’t even want lunch, and we had a roast and some broccoli salad for dinner.

Day 3:

I slept better but I felt hungrier today, but I also felt like I knew when to stop eating and not overdo it. I had a cinnamon roll for breakfast with some strawberries, a California club wrap for lunch, and ginger broccoli beef and rice for dinner. I enjoyed a chai latte in the afternoon without thinking about how many calories was in it. I get tired of tracking all of my food.

I knew when to stop eating and not overdo it.

Day 4:

Today was another fasting day. I took the kids to a local farm to see baby animals, I did more normal duties around the house, and I felt pretty good. I had the occasional pang of hunger but honestly since I spread my meals out it’s not too bad. I stayed under 600 calories today.

Some photos of my meals today:

Day 5

I slept well, even though yesterday was a fasting day! I ate a small piece of apple pie and some leftover pasta for breakfast, had some nuts and zucchini parmesan for lunch, an apple for a snack, and a salmon berry quinoa and kale bowl for dinner.

Day 6

I went to a baby shower and I enjoyed party food but I shared everything with my daughter and therefore didn’t overindulge, I didn’t feel the need, miraculously. I had various salads from Safeway for dinner and tried a bite of samosa and bite of pork bun. Variety is the spice of life, amiright?

Day 7

I ate some leftover salad for breakfast and had a bite of a cookie. For lunch I just snacked on chips and guacamole. I had steak, a potato and some asparagus for dinner. I had a small brownie and chocolate ice cream for dessert.

Results

Starting weight: 158

Ending weight: 156.2

Total loss: I lost 1.8 lbs!

This may not sound like much, but look at all the little indulgences I had! And I only counted calories during my 2 fasting days! And trust me, I have a very difficult time once I get closer to my goal weight dropping half a pound nonetheless nearly 2 pounds so I am very pleased. (Also, FYI, I did exercise this week but mainly just brisk walking, and not everyday.)

Additional Benefits

In addition to losing weight, I have found:

  • Spiritual benefits – I am not victim to all the desires of my flesh.
  • Productivity – Since I am exercising my will power it is transferring to other areas of my life which has resulted in less procrastinating and more action.
  • Energy levels – My metabolism feels like it has been kicked up a notch so I have a solid amount of energy.
  • Feel lighter – It just feels easier to move around.
  • Other senses heightened – I have noticed beauty in nature more, food tastes better, and my sense of smell has improved.

So, have any of you tried intermittent fasting? Did it work for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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