Lose weight, fast?
Many of us will recognise that it is easier to lose your keys, your will to live or your sanity than it is to lose those extra kilos gained over Christmas. Consequently by the end of Jan attention again turns to those dreaded diets and what works.
The 5:2 fasting diet was the most talked about weight loss plan of 2013. It claimed that those who stuck to 500 calories a day for two days a week could eat what they liked on the remaining five days and still lose weight. Five days with in return for two days without. It is hard not to see the attraction.
How does it work?
This diet operates on the premise that when you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed. When recently stored food is available, it is easy to burn energy in its blood stream from the food you ate, so your body will choose to use that as energy rather than the fat you have stored. This is particularly so if you have just consumed carbohydrates as your body prefers to burn these as energy before any other source.
However when fasting, your body doesn’t have access to any recently consumed meals to use as energy and has to burn the fat stored in your body instead rather than the glucose in your blood stream or glycogen. If it does this, weight loss follows.
Research seems to suggest this eating plan works, and it already has many devoted followers. I haven’t tried it myself but I can see its attraction over other traditional methods.
If any of you out there have tried it please feel free to share your experiences, good or bad.