1970 kcals (Target 1700kcals)
190g carbs (no target)
68g protein (no target but a daily requirement ~64g)
17g fibre (no target but a daily requirement ~20g)
Average kcal intake on two days -
976kcals (Target 800-1000kcals)
48g carbs (Target 50g)
58g protein (daily requirement ~64g)
5g fibre (daily requirement ~20g)
Weight lost across 4 weeks - 2lb (~1kg)
Keeping to 800-1000kcals on two days was relatively easy as I was in the mindset. Sticking to 1700 on the other five was hard. It felt pretty strict, especially as I eagerly awaited these days on fasting days. I guess this would be less of a problem on the Moseley 5:2 diet - fasting days are stricter and you can eat freely (but sensibly) on other days.
So this is what my eating pattern looked something along the lines of... (I did the pictures using a great new app I found by the girls at abeautifulmess.com).
Breakfast on five days -
4-5tbsp porridge, low-fat yoghurt, few nuts and raisins
or two slices of toast
Breakfast on two days -
or one slice of toast
Lunches and Dinners -
Steak / chicken breast (no skin) / two small kipper fillets / lamb steak / turkey mince (as a spag bol) / omelette with ham with 2 eggs / salmon and eggs
Salad or vegetables
On two days: rye crispbread if I had any remaining carb allowance for it
On five days: ~100g cous cous / pasta
Snacks on two days -
+++ Coke Zeros
+++ black coffees
Banana (if within carb allowance)
Pint of sugar-free squash
Snacks / Treats on five days -
Rice krispies square
Cider / wine (summer still had to be enjoyed, but the average was rather lifted on these days!)
New peanut butter Kit Kat chunky
(sadly no treats on two days)
Getting through on not much breakfast was surprisingly easy on two days. In fact, getting through most of the day was no problem, it was the evenings when I'd had very little carbs for a full twenty-four hours that were a problem.
I struggle to be in full favour of any diet that makes it difficult to have a small portion of carbs at each meal, especially breakfast. Low carb diets work because you burn fat quickly but they're unlikely to be good for your metabolism (which is on your side). And it's important to not forget, carbs can in fact be really - good - for - you! (Low GI..... Foods that make you Fly)
On the plus side, I lost an aright amount of weight. Nothing ground breaking but it was at a steady rate. If I'd have kept going I would have lost more and by using the maintenance plan in the book, I might have kept it off in the long-term. Not sure if I could have continued though - this may be the first and last time I dabble in anything else other than healthy(ish) eating, kudos to those that do though!
Eating out was a problem. It was only possible on five days and meant sticking to one glass of alcohol, picking healthy things such as pizzas with the middle cut out of them (why not the crust?!) and eating very little the rest of the day - I rarely managed it.
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Dizziness and irritability were a bit of a problem and I definitely further developed my habit for dark coloured, calorie-free, caffeinated beverages. But at the same time it did feel strangely refreshing to not eat a lot on some days, almost as though you were using up stores that had been around for rather a long time(!), which is interesting when the initial authors were investigating whether it might actually be good for us in other ways than just to promote weight loss.
Ultimate verdict? 4 weeks wasn't enough to make a proper judgement but I lost an ok amount of weight for the time-frame. At times fasting felt surprisingly good and five days were in fact harder than two. I guess it would be interesting to know what would have happened if I'd kept going longer and then tried to keep the weight off.