Weight gain and diets

1 December 2016, 10:21

Weight loss diets are something many of us have tried with the result that we experience the pendulum affect; the weight goes one way then the other; we lose a bit then we gain more. It appears the only natural way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is by reprogramming ourselves. A diet that seems to achieve this is the 5:2 diet or the 4:3 diet; it appears to work best when you establish a routine and stick to it.

A brief description is you restrict your daily intake of food on either 2 days per week or 3 days per week, an example of the 5 plus 2 diet is restricting your calorie intake on Monday and Thursday 500 calories per day for women and 600 calories per day for men. An example of a 4 plus 3 diet is restricting your calories to the same amount on Monday, Wednesday and  Friday. The days of the week are just a suggestion do what suits yourself. An example of food for a fasting day may be a 2 egg omelette with spinach, tomato and a dash of cheese or two boiled eggs and a slice of thin sandwich bread toast for breakfast and a vegetable soup for dinner with minimal protein and fat.

It seems to work best when you have just one fasting day followed by 1 or 2 regular days, you will experience a significant change in your well-being in around approximately 2 weeks. Another interesting observation is you will notice your appetite will decline and you will find that your stomach appears to have shrunk; you find you cannot comfortably eat as much as before.

It is important not to binge on your regular days; if you try this please let us know how you get on. This diet is all about re-programming your mind and your body to a gentle lifestyle change rather than the binge yoyo outcome of most diets we try.