Archive | March, 2013

The Fast Diet

7 Mar

This is definitely not a diet blog. It’s a food blog. I love cooking, eating and drinking. This will never be a diet blog, however, I would like to tell you a little bit about my experiences with the latest thing in dieting, the Fast Diet.

I’m not massively overweight, but wanting to shed a few pounds, I was inspired by a colleague who, in the blink of an eye, has developed a new, super svelte figure.

For those who haven’t heard, the diet involves five normal days of eating, with two days of fasting, in which you have strict rations of 500 calories per day for women and 600 for men. I’ll blog a little bit more about some of the science behind it another time, but the theory is shocking. Not only are the pounds supposed to fall off (they certainly have for my colleague) but it’s also linked to protection against a variety of diseases.

The first few fasts were horrible. I had a headache, I was grumpy and I couldn’t stop thinking about pasta. But three weeks in, I’ve just finished a two egg omelette with smoked salmon and spring onion (250 calories) and I feel quite good. I’ll keep you posted on the weight loss (if indeed there is any) but let me inform you of some unexpected side effects I’ve experienced so far:

  • Food tastes so much better when you do eventually eat. Simple steamed broccoli is full of flavour. (Even my cat’s food smelled nice today but don’t worry, I certainly wasn’t that hungry!)
  • You don’t want to binge on the non-fast days. Don’t get my wrong, it’s the thought of wine and mini eggs that gets me through the fast days and I definitely treat myself, but I thought I’d be stuffing my face with all kinds of goodies and that’s just not the case
  • Being hungry isn’t really that bad – it’s only one day

I’ve still got a long way to go. Some fasters have been telling me that “on the non fast days, you don’t even fancy food like bread,”  not me, I still love bread, but we’ll see what happens.

If I get really hungry, I could always eat this...

If I get really hungry, I could always eat this…