A few weeks ago I watched the Horizon documentary on BBC2 called Eat, Fast and Live Longer. Michael Mosley set himself a challenge; live longer, stay younger and lose weight by living the 5:2 diet.
So what's the deal?
The idea was to 'fast' for 2 days every week and live a normal lifestyle for the other days. However, fasting doesn't mean eating nothing. Men can have 600 calories a day and women are allowed 500. Sounds great! I decided to try the diet, not only to lose weight but to see if I have the willpower to survive on 500 calories per day.
- Week one was 'lunch only' on fast days. I did my fasts on consecutive days.
- On week two I changed things around a little. I spread my calories throughout the day and split my fast days.
So, this is what week two felt like...
This week's plan
My husband has now stopped the 5:2 diet because he was losing too much weight! He is just using a fast day once in a while when he's been over-doing it.
So, here's the meal plan!
Monday: Normal day - covering the Bolton Food Festival again. The Hungry Gecko for lunch and sausage butties for tea!
Tuesday: Normal day - sandwich for lunch and a slice of carrot cake. Not really that hungry now... chances are I may just have another slice of cake...
Wednesday: Fast day - small chicken sandwich for lunch and turkey and bean stew for tea.
Thursday: Fast day - turkey salad sandwich for lunch and spiced red lentil soup for tea.
Friday: Normal day - ham salad wrap for lunch and not sure for tea! A treat might be in order...
Weekend: Normal days - we're off to Manchester to buy some holiday clothes (not long now...) so will probably eat out at least once.
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