A Step in the Right Direction

Confession time: I’ve been struggling with being overweight for nearly 20 years.  For the last 10 or so I’ve been over 100kg, something I’ve been extremely unhappy about.  I did manage to get down under 100kg for a few months when I was trying to eat paleo, but events conspired to make that hard to maintain, so I never persisted.  In the mean time I continued to put on weight.

My health issues late last year were a big wake up call, and I’ve been trying to get my weight back under control.  I’ve had a bit of success, thanks to being much more careful with my diet, but I still ended up with my weight refusing to go lower than 105kg.  Then, a while back, a friend posted on Facebook that they’d lost 50kg in the last year using the 5:2 diet.

I looked into the 5:2 diet, and was rather surprised.  Instead of the extreme fad diet I was expected, the 5:2 seemed to be rather sensible.  It involves eating normally for 5 days of the week, and fasting for 2 days.  On the fast days you eat a quarter of your normal intake.  The 5:2 diet website even has a handy calculator to workout what your normal calorie intake should be, and what your fasting intake should be.  This takes into account your age, activity level, height and weight.

I was already aware of intermittent fasting, but had never really tried it.  After a bit more research, I decided that I had nothing to lose, and would give it a go.  Coincidentally, my lovely wife had also seen the same friend’s post, and was wanting to try the diet too, so we decided to do it together.

The first fast day was a shock to the system.  I normally have a decent breakfast, so when morning tea time rolled around and I hadn’t eaten my stomach was complaining quite loudly.  I ended up caving in and having a light snack, but I figured I’d eat a few less carbs for tea.  I managed to make it through the day without gnawing my arm off (thankfully), but I did wonder how I was going to manage to keep going. Fortunately things did get easier each fast day, especially when I remembered that green tea works well as an appetite suppressant.

At this point in time I’m getting used to feeling hungry on the fast days, and the hunger is nowhere near as severe as it first was.  As a bonus I’ve managed to break the plateau I was on at 105kg, and I’ve now dropped down to 102kg.  Right now my first weight loss goal of dropping below 100kg looks easily achievable this month.

My ultimate weight loss goal is to lose 30kg, which would put me around 80kg.  Thinking about it, when I used to go bush walking, if I took all my camera gear my pack was about 25-26kg, and was damn heavy.  The thought that I’m actually carrying more weight than that day to day is kind of scary, and I’m looking forward to how I’ll feel when it’s gone.