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cook*create*read: Dusting off the cobwebs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dusting off the cobwebs!

It's been a while.

I have created no art.

I have read a few books.

I have cooked a few meals and baked a few cakes.

The reason for this blog post out of the blue is that I have become inspired. I am overweight (ok, let's be honest, health professionals would call me morbidly obese *sob*) and it is time. I had heard about zig-zagging calories (eating many calories one day, few calories the next) some time ago, but didn't really pay much attention to it. Then one of my close friends posted on Facebook saying she was having a 'fasting' day. I queried her sanity. Everyone knows fasting is not good for you, and fad diets never work, right?! She pointed me in the direction of the BBC Horizon programme, Eat, Fast and Live Longer, and I was inspired by what I saw.

I have never before followed a 'fad' diet. I don't believe that diets like Atkins, The Cambridge diet, cabbage soup diets or any of those wacko diets work in the long term and the weight just piles back on when you (inevitably) start eating properly again. I fully believe the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to re-educate your mind about food, eat healthily and sensibly and get a fair amount of exercise.  Easier said than done!  This diet, however, does seem to be different. It has many followers in many different guises. Many spiritual groups follow a feed/fast routine. And the health benefits shown in the BBC programme are astonishing. Do I want to cut my risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers AND lose weight at the same time? Why, yes, I think I do!

So here's the plan. Michael Mosley tested a number of different versions of the diet on the programme - fasting for nearly 4 days every few months, fasting every other day, or fasting 2 days out of 7. Guess which one appeals to me the most?! Ha! 2 days out of 7? I think I can do that!

Now, when I say "fast" ... it's not actually complete fasting. I will take in around 500 calories on the fasting days. On the "feed" days I'm aiming for around 1700 calories, though I may tweak this as the weeks go on (see the optimism there?! Yes! I'm talking about weeks ahead!). I'll be using myfitnesspal.com to track my calories as I know I'll get lost if I don't use something! Tomorrow will be my first fasting day. I plan to fast on either Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays, depending on what's happening with family life, etc.

I know if I am to succeed at this I will have to spread my calories out throughout the day (as there is not a whole lot of research around at the moment, word is it doesn't make much difference how you consume your calories).  Here is tomorrow's plan:

Breakfast: green tea with lemon - 2 cals
Snack: graze box love mix - 98 cals
Lunch: Hairy Dieters Minestrone - 98 cals
Snack: cranberry green tea - 1 cals
Snack: cup of bovril - 10 cals
Dinner: salmon fillet with couscous, red pepper and mushrooms - 264 cals
Evening: herbal tea - 2 cals

Total cals for the day: 512

I'm also hoping to get my husband on board with this - he's in the same boat and I can tell the health benefits appeal to him greatly (he has a fear of developing Alzheimers particularly). Guys get to eat an extra 100 cals on the fast days, lucky buggers! I'll let you know how we get on!

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At September 26, 2012 11:12 am , Blogger tracy said...

on 'those' charts i too am morbidly obese :( wishing you huge amount of luck.....will be interesting to see how it goes :)

At September 26, 2012 11:13 am , Blogger nikki said...

Brilliant - good luck will watch with interest to see how you get on - I started slimmingworld last May having sworn never to need such a group - when I joined my BMI was 33 it is now 25 - I have lost and kept off 3 stone and am aiming for 1 more stone - I feel like a new woman and wish I had tackled it years ago - good luck!

At September 26, 2012 11:24 am , Blogger Suzie Griffiths said...

Thank you Tracy! I do think those charts are a bit out of date, but sadly there is no denying the fact that I am currently a fatso!

At September 26, 2012 11:26 am , Blogger Suzie Griffiths said...

WOW! That is a fabulous weight loss/BMI reduction, Nikki!! :) I did manage to lose 2 stone last year using myfitnesspal to count the calories, but sadly have put it all back on :(

At September 26, 2012 11:58 am , Blogger Karen said...

I wish you so much luck with this Suzie and am interested enough to look further into it now! HUGS xxx

At September 26, 2012 12:37 pm , Blogger viv said...

Good luck, Suzie. I hope it works for you.


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