So, this is how it works. For two days of the week you will 'fast'. This doesn't mean you can't eat anything at all. Guidelines say men should have around 600 calories whilst women should have about 500. For the other five days, you can eat normally. Here's the technical bit...
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- Our bodies have a growth hormone called IGF -1. As a child this is what helps our bodies grow, but as adults it ages us.
- High levels of IGF-1 can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- Lowering your levels of IGF-1 can help prevent against these diseases and can be done through your diet.
- When lowering your IGF-1 levels, growth stops and your body starts to repair cells. It also uses up your glucose and starts to burn fat, so you also lose weight.
I am tackling week one in a bit of a boring fashion, just to get my body used to lowering its calorie intake. I'm trying to pick 'fast day' foods which will keep me fuller for longer and maintain a balanced blood sugar level. I'll then review next week.
Monday: Normal day - Heston's Perfect Chilli with a jalapeno wrap.
Tuesday: Normal day - out for tea at Pizza Express with work.
Wednesday: Fast day - lunch only. Spicy vegetable couscous, 50g of chargrilled chicken and a nectarine later in the day.
Thursday: Fast day - lunch only. Jacket potato with beans and a dollop of low fat coleslaw and an apple later in the day.
Friday: Normal day - home made tandoori chicken with wholegrain rice.
Weekend: Normal days - bit of a write off. Eating out and cake club are involved....
So, as you can see. Two 'fasting' days and the rest are completely normal. I'll report back...
Watch the documentary on iPlayer here.
Please note: I am following this diet because I saw the Horizon documentary. I am not qualified to advise others on dietary requirements. This diet is not suitable for everyone. If you have any questions, please speak to your GP.
Please leave your thoughts and own experiences of the 5:2 diet below... x