Have you heard of the new diet that everyone’s raving about? Named a few different things (including ‘The Fasting Diet’ which scares me), the idea is that by suppressing your calorie intake on two days out of 7 it uses your body’s Insulin-Growth factor to burn fat.
Now, I had a baby 9 months ago. I was one of those women you hate; through breastfeeding and not much else I managed to regain my pre-baby weight of 8st 9 within about 8 weeks. It was nothing short of incredible and made me feel pretty bloody brilliant.
However, this winter has been a hard one and through one thing or another (a new found love for Haribo Gummy Bears, Carbonara being super easy to make, the discovery of a bloody brilliant Indian takeaway) I’ve slowly put the weight back on. This probably isn’t apparent to anyone other than me but I’ve noticed more of a wobble to my bum and my tummy (where I naturally store weight) looks three months pregnant. Not ideal, I think you’ll agree.
This has meant that I’ve slowly started covered up a bit more than I used to. My jumpers are getting baggier, my jeans tighter. I have one pair that now leaves an interesting seam print on my inner thigh when worn; more than anything this is uncomfortable and has sent me back to my old H&M maternity leggings. Probably wrong to be wearing these when your baby is nearly crawling, no?
So, it’s time to diet, and the 5:2 seems like a fairly painless way to do it. You focus your efforts on two days of hardcore dieting rather than seven of semi-dieting and apparently you see results – fast. I know what I have to do to maintain my healthy and happy weight (around 8 and a half stone – a size 10), I just need to get there. Recording the diet here will give me less opportunity to stuff my face with Haribo and Takeaways as I’ll be recording my diet and exercise regime.
There’s lots of information about this diet online and in books, but because I’d rather be reading books written by the Real Housewives of Beverley Hills than ones about food, here are the main points of the diet I’ll be sticking to:
- No more than 500 calories on Monday and Wednesday
- No more than 2,000 calories every other day
- Reduction of treats, (Haribo, cake, chips, takeaways)
- Only eat homemade bread
- As few ‘fats’ as possible: butter, cream etc
- Reduction of ‘white’ carbs like pasta
- Exercise/activity at least three times a week
The first two points relate to the 5:2 diet but the last five have been useful when I’ve lost weight before. I’m a sucker for bread and carbs but they bloat me like nobody’s business and I’m determined to get a tummy that doesn’t need control pants or maternity leggings for summer.
In the interest of honest and transparency here’s what I’ve eaten this weekend and my current measurements:
Breakfast – 2 pieces of homemade bread toasted with butter and jam
Lunch – pub lunch: ham hock terrine starter, fish and chips
Dinner – Indian takeaway: butter chicken, lamb passanda, goan fish curry, garlic naan, spinach side
Breakfast – 2 poppadoms with mango chutney (it had been a long night!!)
Lunch – quarter pounder with cheese, french fries, coke (like I said, a long night)
Dinner – roast lamb, potatoes, peas, carrots, leeks. Chocolate cake. A late night snack of left over takeaway.
Weight: 9st 6lbs
Thigh (top): 22 inches
Arm (top): 12 inches
Hips: 37 inches
Waist: 31 inches
Boobs: 34 inches
Size: 12 (or big 10… my 10s are a squeeze though)