The day my husband weighed himself happened to coincide with the day this article appeared in the Saturday paper. It was tucked away inside the ‘real’ paper, not the magaziney supplement, so I didn’t see it (gloom and doom in the real paper, food and fashion in supplement – no contest!). However, he did and I was presented with it, and told ‘we should try this’.
Now, my husband has never, no, absolutely never, dieted before. He has occasionally, after visits to the doc decided to ‘do a bit more exercise’ to keep his blood pressure down, but that is usually short-lived.
‘We should definitely give it go’ he said waving the paper in my face and sounding surprisingly enthusiastic.
Now the article, for those of you who can’t be bothered to read it, is by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is a ‘celebrity’ chef. His recipes are all about fresh produce and usually heaps of meat and cream. Yum. In this article though, Hugh is extolling the virtues of the 5:2 Fast diet.
No, not fast, like you lose weight quickly without any effort whatsoever fast. No. Fast like you don’t eat anything at all for whole days fast. Two whole days a week to be exact. They shouldn’t be consecutive and you can eat 500/600 calories depending if you are man or woman.
To say I was surprised by my husbands enthusiasm for the idea would be an understatement. This is a man who eats a full roast dinner and then has a ‘doorstep’ of bread to fill him up.
Nonetheless, we have started our joint dieting journey. We decided that Sundays would be a good day to fast. He doesn’t have to grab something on the move (usually a pasty and sandwich) like he does on weekdays, and its easier for me if we are suffering together.
Sunday morning we both had a small banana and a cup of tea for breakfast as part of our allowed calorie intake, and then nothing except clear drinks until the evening.
We didn’t starve. It was actually fine. Who’da though it?
In the evening we were ready for the rest of our calories and had smoked fish with veggies and couscous. It was possibly the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. Small but perfectly formed.
Apparently this diet is going to slow down ageing, as well as lose fat. On top of that there is no washing up for a whole day. I save electricity. I save on food. There’s very little tiresome cooking involved. And you get to eat and drink all you like on all the other days. Sounds great.
We’ve decided Friday will be our next Fast day. I’ll let you know how it goes, in the meantime, I’m off to the fridge – must be time for a snack!