Today’s my very first intermittent fast day. In fact I’m trying out a 5 on 2 off routine which was inspired by last week’s BBC Horizon program Eat, Fast and Live Longer. In case you missed it, you can watch it here:
It’s essential viewing for anyone interested in fat-loss and general health, and was very timely as I’d been reading in recent weeks about this from some of the Paleo sites I had been checking-out (more on that another time).
In a nutshell, the 5/2 routine is five days of eating whatever you want followed by two days on 25% of maintenance calories – about 600 in my case. So this morning I had an extra-large blueberry smoothie and set myself for what I was convinced would be a tough day.
By and large though it has gone OK; yes I have been hungry, but now writing this at midnight, I’m no hungrier than at mid-afternoon. It was a bit tough to come home to a kitchen full of oven-chips and lamb frikadeller for the kids and even more galling to help my wife cook the three juicy lamb chops that were meant for me, but I survived.
Charlotte, bless her, thought it would be a good idea to put together the shelves we recently got from Ikea, this took the thick-end of three hours and I must admit I was feeling a bit light-headed at times, but hey, it detracted from the rumbling tummy.
So off to bed now – I hope it doesn’t keep me awake, but I’ve breakfast to look forward to tomorrow; smoked salmon salad with avocado and gouda cheese. YUM!