This is a post about dieting so if that is a subject which bores the pants off you click away now.
I'm doing the Fast Diet (details all in the link). I think it is marvellous. I've only been doing it for three weeks and I've lost 4lbs. I knew it would work. If you follow any diet you will lose weight. The trick is to keep following it.
I've done calorie counting and points counting over the years and although they work I found it so hard to keep counting. Continual measuring, calculating and planning is soul destroying. Giving up puddings, cakes, chocolate and wine is horrible. When you are cooking for a family every day you don't want to be cooking separate meals for yourself. But I'm happy to do all these things if I know that the next day I don't have to. And that's the beauty of the Fast Diet, there is always light at the end of a very short tunnel. Hunger, after all, doesn't hurt and it doesn't last.
I usually choose Mondays and Wednesdays as my fast days. Obviously I never choose Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Today has been a fast day and I have eaten my 500 calories. Yes I am quite hungry and by bedtime I will be hungrier, but I shall go to sleep knowing that tomorrow I won't have to count calories. Tomorrow I can eat what I like. But I won't be indulging in a feeding frenzy I shall just eat normally without worrying about calories and on Friday I shall make Nigella's blondies for us all to enjoy over the weekend. .
This is what I ate today
Brunch - 60g smoked salmon and a poached egg - Approx 200cals
Dinner- fish stew made with cod, red peppers, passata and veg stock and lots of smoked paprika. Spices are a big help in making low-cal food taste satisfying. Approx 280 cals
The rest of the family had eggs, chips and beans which they greatly appreciated. Sometimes I double a meal and give them the other half on a fast day, mostly though I give them pasta because I'm not very keen on it and they love it.
It's simple to understand, easy to follow and you don't have to give up your favourite foods.
Anyone else doing it?