The Intermittent Fasting Diet
A former work colleague introduced me to the Intermittent Fasting Diet after I had commented on her dramatic weight loss.
Fasting is one of the oldest religious traditions in the world. Hippocrates, widely considered the father of modern medicine, said “Food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food, but to eat when you are sick is to feed your illness”. Thereby stating that fasting could be used to treat illnesses.
The Intermittent Fasting Diet is where you are encouraged to eat for some time and don’t eat for some time. The popular one is the 5:2 Fasting Diet, you feast for five days and fast for two days. You could decide either to not eat during your fast days or consume 500 calories worth for each day.
I decided to try it. I took those feast days literally and really ate, as far as I was concerned, I was storing up food for my two fasting days.
Did I lose weight? NO!
A couple of months later, I went back to my colleague and inquired why the diet had not worked for me. After discussing, she advised me to reduce my intake during the feast days and add some exercise.
So, I tried out this diet for the second time with the changes she recommended. Within six weeks I had lost one stone but found out that I was always hungry during the fasting days even when I tried to consume only 500 calories.
Like before, as I love food, I was soon back to my old ways and the weight came back!!
By this time I was well and truly frustrated. In between all these diets I had spent money on gym memberships and personal trainers, losing weight but having it come back.
Until 2016, when I discovered a way which involved no diet at all. I lost weight and I have been able to maintain it for almost a year!
Watch out for Part IV – the final part.