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A couple months ago I purchased this book by Kate Harrison called the 5:2 diet book. I am not really interested in dieting per se, but I really want to lose some weight and working out alone isn't going to cut it. So I looked around the web for an intermittent solution that would be flexible with my busy graduate student life. That is how I came across this book, which I had forgot about until last night, when I realized that I really needed to do something if I wanted to get to my desired weight. So I began reading the book and decided to start fasting today.

What is the 5:2 diet?

How it works is that across seven days you eat normally for five days and on two non-consecutive days you stick to 500 calories (600 if you're a man). The 5:2 diet is also known as intermittent fasting. 

Why am I willing to try it?

Well because if you know me, you know I love food and therefore refuse to get on a real diet where you are restricted to eat so many calories a day. The 5:2 diet seems like a doable way of living and eating, considering my busy lifestyle. I like that the author says that you don't have to cut out your favorite foods, as long as you know that there is one or two or three days a week where you watch yourself. I feel like I can totally do it! 

During Sophomore year I did put quite a lot of weight on, which I managed to take off my junior and senior year by working out and being on caloric restriction most of the time. And it sucked. It was really hard and I hated feeling like I would never get back to my 18 year old body. Because, man! I looked good. Of course I realize that with age, our body changes but it is not an excuse to let ourselves go. And since then I have regained a few more pounds here and there and really want to go back to the "good" weight for me. Actually, it is not really about the number. I want to feel good, and look good. So I am willing to try this method and see how well it will work for me.

What's the plan?
The plan is simple: start with a 2 day/week "fasting" and workout daily. My friends and I are training for the 10K in end of February so this seems like a good time to get on with this program. I will try to keep you up to date weekly on how I manage the fasting days and how it makes me feel. Also, I am very curious to see what this result in!
I will aid myself with the website to track the calories I eat on fast days, like today. 

I am very excited to do this and see how well it works.

Have you tried the 5:2 diet? What are your thoughts on it?



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