Fit and healthy after 40…great advice and a mantra to live by, but a few years ago I decided I didn’t want to be “fat after 50″… not that I was fat – just a bit flabby and unfit!
So whilst visiting with said “fit and healthy after 40” I decided the 5:2 regime of eating would be a goer.
I make no bones that the 5:2 isn’t always easy however, the results and benefits far out weigh the 2 days of hunger you may (or may not) have.
Despite there being a plethora of recipes available to keep you within your 500/600 calorific intake for me it worked best if I ate the same thing on each day. I am one of those who needs to eat 3 times a day so I managed to work out a small breakfast, lunch and evening meal option.
Lots of water and 1 mug of tea saw me through the hunger pangs. I would be lying if I said I didnt have the odd day where I wanted to gnaw my arm off but quick results that showed my waistline slimming and thighs and hips doing the same was motivation enough to keep going.
I learned that its best to measure yourself at the same time and on the same day each week. This for me was first thing on a Tuesday morning. I found it easier to fast on a Monday and a Wednesday but strangely wasnt hungry for all the unhealthy foods on my non fast days.
My journey on the 5:2 began a few years ago and I have managed to stay at 60kg and a UK size 10/12 which for my height is great. My BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure levels are all well within ranges which I am really pleased with.
Once I had got to my optimum weight and size I managed to maintain these by eating a varied diet which does include eating cake and pizza (not too often) and drinking red wine, however the 5:2 seems to have reduced quite drastically my taste for anything with sugar in and as for bread and pasta, well that is something I now eat rarely.
For me the 5:2 enabled me to take a good look at what I eat and how to put healthy eating into an every day practise. Once I was a good few weeks into the 5:2 I decided to take up walking which turned into a mix of power walking/jogging/running which I still do and gets me into the fresh air every day and makes for great well being.
All in all, the 5:2 worked for me.
It really changed my eating habits and made me think again about healthy living and exercise.
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