Five weeks ago I wrote a blog update as to how I was doing on the Fast Diet/ 5:2 Diet after being on it for 14 weeks. That blog post has blown my normal blog stats through the roof and has been read by over 4,000 people and counting. I have received so many emails from people who were getting ready to embark on their own lifestyle changes. Some just wanted to introduce themselves and some had questions. I can only share what I have learnt along the way and I am very aware that what works for one person may not work for another.
What really has amazed me is the number of people I know that have watched the Horizon documentary, read the book and have interpreted the eating advice in a way that works for them. So many of my friends and work colleagues have decided to give this a go and all around me I see people slimming down, looking happier and healthier than I have ever known them. Some have needed to lose weight and are delighted to see almost immediate results on their weekly weigh-ins. Some are already a healthy weight and have wanted to try the 5:2 diet for the health benefits.
One of the comments from people around me is the worry that I might lose too much weight. I weigh less now than I have at any time in the last 8 years I have lived in Australia. The new friends in my day to day life are used to seeing me look a little more rounded but the Gina I see in the mirror is the one I feel more familiar and comfortable with. It's not surprising that I have had to have my nursing uniforms taken in and I can understand the concern from people who worry that the weight will continue to fall off and I may possibly get to a point of being underweight. I guess that is the main reason for this blog post.
It's hard to give an exact "perfect" weight for any one person. As a general rule if you are of average build then you can check your Body Mass Index and ideally should be a BMI of between 20-25.
But can I continue to fast two days a week safely? Will I reach a point of needing to reduce back to only one fast day? I don't know the answer to these questions yet. The first 7 kilos came away over the first 12 weeks or so. The last 6 or 7 weeks have seen only a marginal weight loss. This week my weight had gone up slightly despite my normal 2 days fasting. Bear in mind that it was Mothers Day and my gorgeous kids bought me the worlds biggest box of chocolates which we have been eating with gusto. I've also been working some extra shifts in hospital as we save for a holiday and because that leaves me tired I've not exercised very much. I guess you could say that apart from the two fast days life is returning to normal. Old habits are creeping back.
It's the two fast days that I credit with keeping me around the 55kg mark. I feel that if it wasn't for them I would be yo-yoíng back into a higher weight range. For now I will be continuing to fast two days a week. I think with my sweet tooth on the five normal food days I have found the perfect balance for my weight control. Hopefully I will also continue to reap the rewards of the protection against dementia, stroke, heart attack and cancer. If my weight drops further and my BMI goes to 20 or below I will certainly pull back to only one fast day.
I had a check up with my GP last week. Every thing was perfect, weight, blood pressure etc. I got the thumbs up from him to continue what I am doing as long as I don't lose any further weight.
I'd love to hear from anyone else who has reached their goal weight too. Have you had to modify the 5:2 diet or has your body reached a balance? I'm also happy to hear from any of you that are starting your new lifestyles or are part way through your journey. If you leave a comment I will try to respond back via your email (if you register it as you comment) or by responding in a comment below yours.
Good luck and thank-you so much to everyone who has encouraged me along the way. I hope I can pay it forward...