I don’t want to die. Ever. As part of my plan for eternal life (without the assistance of a pointy toothed friend) I want to live as healthfully as I can, yet still enjoy life!
Right now, I’m in a rut. I’ve been eating roughly 1000-1500 calories a day, and my floating weight hasn’t budged. I’ve been moderately more active since it’s summer; walking a mile a day at the very least, but I’ve been looking to feel a little better and get rid of that little extra jiggle. Since my current calorie-restricted every day diet isn’t cutting it any more and I’m not about to start running marathons, so I started looking into other options.
Eat, Fast and Live Longer
After watching “The Truth About Exercise” on PBS, I found another Michael Mosley show to watch: “Eat, Fast and Live Longer”. This episode followed Michael Mosley (physician and journalist) as he explored different diet techniques including a 3 1/2 day fast, and a diet of which he wrote a book about and is a growing trend in the UK, the (5:2) five two diet.
The basic premise of the 5:2 diet is that you eat as you want for five days a week, and do calorie-restricted fasting the other two days. The general guidelines for the fasting day are that you eat 500-1,000 calories. Michael Mosley’s version is more strict at 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. Some sources call for a diet of lean protein and nearly zero carbs on the fasting days.
This is definitely appealing, and the purported benefits are even more appealing.
Benefits of the 5:2 Diet
According to various sources, some of the benefits of the 5:2 diet include:
- Boosting brain power
- Ward off brain disease like Alzheimers and Parkinsons
- Improving health by lowering risk for heart disease, diabetes, etc
- Losing weight
- Lifestyle diet versus fad diet
But is the 5:2 diet for everyone? Like most things, it doesn’t always agree with everybody. According to writer Lucy Canvedish, the two days of fasting made her obsessed with food, and denying herself the food turned her into a raging, hangry monster! Even the wise Dr. Mosley admits, “No one diet fits every person. If you’re lacking in energy, eat more than 500 calories. Spend your two days eating just protein and veg, or cut out carbs”.
My 5:2 Diet Attempt
Today is my first day at fasting. My plan includes a small breakfast of coffee and yogurt and a fruit smoothie for dinner. It’s approaching lunch time and I’m feeling a slight pang of hunger, but nothing that’s intolerable. I plan on still eating healthily on my “five” days. I’ve already cut out a number of processed foods and food items with bad ingredients (MSG, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) and we’re eating out less. For now, I’ll be making my detox tea for lunch to drink throughout the afternoon and maybe packing some cut up carrots. My plan of attack is distraction mostly. If you don’t think about being hungry, you won’t obsess over it. If I feel hungry I’ll take a drink of water or surf the web, or get up and walk around.
If you’re interested in the 5:2 diet, don’t forget to do your own homework. Watch “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” and check out some of the sources I used for this post below.
I don’t know if this will help me live forever, but hopefully it’ll at least help my quality of life (or my jiggle).