I have now entered my second week of the 5:2 fasting diet so it is probably time to provide an update (thanks to Nik for reminding me and good luck with your attempt). Today is my third fasting day and so far I have been impressed with the results. I don’t want to become too obsessed with my performance on the weighing scale, as I know this can lead to disappointed, but so far I have lost 1 kg (2.2 pounds). My starting body weight was 80.2kg (176.8 pounds) and when I last weighed myself (Saturday morning) I was 79.2kg.
My Experience with Fasting
Last week I fasted on Wednesday and Friday. I did feel a bit anxious about the first fasting day, but it turned out to be easy. I had a 500 calorie meal (Chilli Beans) around noon and a small apple in the afternoon. I did feel a little hungry going to bed but nothing uncomfortable – I was looking forward to being able to eat what I wanted the next day.
I wasn’t hungry when I woke up on Thursday morning so that came as a surprise. One of my qualms with this approach is that I might undo any good work from fasting days by gorging on my free diet days. I did not make any attempt to count the calories, but I’m certain that I ate less than usual. I enjoyed my afternoon meal but otherwise I didn’t have much of an appetite.
My next fasting day was Friday. This is the day when we usually go to the supermarket, but I did not fancy the idea of being around so much food – I postponed the shopping trip until Saturday. I did feel a bit gloomy on Friday evening, and I wasn’t sure if this was due to hunger. I did not feel hungry going to bed, but I was looking forward to having the weekend free to eat.
I ate as normal on Saturday and Sunday (i.e. too much). I did manage to keep away from junk food but otherwise it was a free for all. I’m fairly confident that my overindulgence will not have been enough to undo the good work from the two fasting days.
Today is my first fasting day of the week (so far so good), and I will also be fasting on either Thursday or Friday.
You can read more about my 5:2 fasting diet plans here
Ten Weeks of 5:2 Fasting Diet
Week Three of the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting Diet
Changes to My 5:2 Intermittent Fasting Plan
Intermittent Fasting as a Spiritual Exercise
5:2 Fasting Diet Update Week 6
Latest posts by Paul Garrigan (see all)
- How Mindfulness Helps You Lose Your Fear of Social Situations - January 30, 2015
- Mindfulness for the Ups and Downs in Recovery – Part 1 - January 22, 2015
- Mindfulness versus Addiction Cravings - January 16, 2015