My first week doing the 5:2 fast has gone extremely well. I have actually found it quite easy to ignore food on the two days of the fast. I had a couple hunger pangs but nothing to cry about to ruin the day. This seems to be more of a mental challenge rather than a physical one. I am amazed that I find it easier to abstain from food on fasting days than on days where I am allowed to eat. I thought I would be crying inside (like I usually do..I’m a drama queen..I know!) wanting to eat because my stomach hurt or I saw something tasty. But, nothing. What I actually found very interesting was the reaction people had when I said I was fasting. They immediately brought up the word starvation.
I’m sorry, but us westerners don’t know the meaning of the word starvation. We use it so loosely now it’s ridiculous. We might be malnourished because we make the wrong choices but the way we react to food is sometimes so over the top. We go without it for 4 hours and the world is collapsing because we are starving! I’m guilty of that too and I was being very silly.
I think that one of the biggest misconceptions about fasting, is that you won’t be able to survive it. People immediately assume the worst and fly off the wall. In the end for me, it turned out to be mind over matter. I kept myself busy and hydrated and I barely felt a peep. I fasted from supper to supper. So let’s say I had my dinner at 7pm. The fast technically would begin after that and I would go through part of it as I sleep (yay!) after which I would have a high protein breakfast (250 cals) and then fast until dinner which was chicken and veggies (250 cals). In between I would have loads of teas and mineral water. So my next feed day would begin the following day at breakfast.
I weighed myself this morning and it says I lost about a kilo since last week. But I’m not taking that to heart since weighing in after a fast day is not very accurate to actual fat lost. So I will wait till next Monday when it’s my official weigh in.
I also did my cardio workout already!
- X-TRAIN FIT CARDIO – Level 1-3
- Time: 54 mins
- Calories Burned: 596
Now it’s time for a delicious lunch! Hope you all have a lovely start to your week!