The Best Way To Start Your New Year Weight Loss
How To Lose That Christmas Weight
If you are anything like me, you will have really over done things this christmas… most of us consume far more food and drink than we do at any other time of the year, and unless you are really lucky, it goes straight to your belly, or your hips and bottom… It’s not uncommon for people to put on between 7 and 14 lbs over a hectic, excessive and extravagant holiday period…..
The problem is however, that it’s generally far easier to put on weight than it is to lose it…. most of us pledge to go on a diet, lose that weight, and get fitter in the new year….. but how many of us actually manage to stick to our plans and resolutions? the facts are not many……..
I want to tell you how I have managed to do it in the past… now it might not work for everybody, but I myself saw great results after piling on lots of weight last Christmas….
You may have already heard of this but I followed a diet plan called the 5:2 diet…… its something that was developed by Dr Michael Mosely a few years back, he wrote a book of the same name and I understand that it was a big hit with many celebrities as well as millions of everyday people like you and I…
How the 5:2 Diet works
The 5:2 diet is actually very simple… it involves fasting for 2 days a week, and then eating whatever you like ( being sensible naturally) for the remaining 5 days..
An average man needs to eat 2500 calories per day, while women need slightly less at around 2000 daily… AND THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO AIM FOR ON THE 5 REGULAR DAYS
On the 2 fasting days you have to limit yourself to just 600 calories ( 500 for a woman)…. NO MORE…..
On the two fasting days your body will naturally use the calories quite quickly, and then needing more fuel for energy, will naturally turn to any stored body fat to boost your energy levels….and as body fat burns, your weight will reduce….. I myself managed to lose a 1lb per day ( 7lbs a week) and quickly lost just under 20lbs in 3 weeks……
You don’t have to fast 2 days in a row… I myself used to fast on a Monday and Thursday
Now the hard part is the cravings that you can experience on your fasting days…. Personally I am fine through the day, with working and just generally being busy, I don’t even find myself thinking about food, but I found it hardest in the evening when I was relaxing watching TV.. its at that time that I am more likely to sit and eat potato chips, chocolate, biscuits etc etc..
I personally found that nibbling on some dried fruit helped to reduce the cravings….. but even that involves calories so you really do need to monitor your intake.
Another benefit of this type of dieting is that it has been proven to help reduce the risk of certain health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol …
Example Fasting Day Food Plan
Breakfast – 177 calories
Banana and low fat yoghurt
Dinner – 216 calories
Turkey breast steak with wilted spinach
Snack – 59 calories
10 g of popcorn
Daily Intake 452 calories
Breakfast – 90 calories
Soft boiled egg with 5 sticks of asparagus
Dinner – 328 calories
Turkey Burgers with corn on the cob
Snack – 60 calories
Handful of grapes
Daily Intake 478 Calories
There are many more recipe examples out there online, just do your research, (You can buy Dr Mosley’s 5:2 diet book from Amazon) intermittent fasting doesn’t have to be boring, or too hard or painful to stick too….. it’s all about the calories….. find what you like and plan your meals…..
Stick to it and you will be amazed at the results!!