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2 Day A Week Fasting Diet- Does It Work?

Does the 2 day a week fasting diet work?

From what I’ve researched it does. Even  though there are many different ways to do this type of dieting or non-dieting , the 2-day a week is probably the easiest one to start with, if you have never fasted before.empty plate and silverware

But just a reminder please check with your health care professional before you start making changes to your diet.

The guideline for the 2 day a week fasting diet is very simple. You basically fast or eat very light (500 calories for women and 600 calories for men) for two days a week. Not consecutive days. Break up the 2 days throughout the week. This diet is sometimes called the 5:2 diet. Five days of eating normal and 2 days of fasting or 500 calories. This book is available here.

The benefits of eating or dieting this way is mentally you know that you can eat normally tomorrow and you just have to be very careful today. We can all have the willpower to diet for just 1 day.

You will lose weight, about 1 pound a week for women, maybe more depending on how clean and careful you are. This approach also help to prevent diseases and helps give you longevity.

The reasoning behind this form of dieting or fasting, whatever you want to call it, is we are tricking our bodies into believing we are in a famine mode, therefore, the body burns energy from stored fat in the body.

On your normal day, you would be wise to eat clean. By that I mean no junk food, no processed foods, be careful of sugar. Stick with mostly high protein foods , vegetables and salads, which I know is just like dieting. But you know if you cheat you haven’t blown the no junk foodgood results.

But you want to put only healthy food into your body. Like a billboard poster I mentioned in another article, “Be careful what you put in your body, you have to live there”.

But if you want to get healthy you need to eat healthy. Having a no-no food once in a while (not every day) won’t ruin your diet or weight loss progress. So don’t despair if you slip occasionally,  just get right back on track, you lost a little battle, but you did not lose the war.

This is a war you can win, if you want it bad enough, and who doesn’t want to be slim and trim, disease free and full of energy.

What do the experts say? 

We have been told repeatedly to eat 3 ,4, even 6 small meals a day to be healthy. Where has that gotten us. The country on a whole is more obese than ever.

Even many of our children are overweight, so I don’t thinks 3,4,5, small meals a day is the answer.  So what is the answer. We’ve been told to eat low-fat, exercise, and never skip a meal.

How’s it working for you? I know it didn’t work for me. And I tried them all. Weight Watchers, Slim-fast, Atkins,  Overeaters Anonymous. None of them worked for the long haul.

Either they were too strict or   because of the type of program they featured, all you did was think about food. Buying food, preparing food, weighting and measuring food, so you were constantly thinking about food.

I love fasting

That’s why I like any form of fasting. once your body gets used to less food and sometimes no food, it’s surprising how you stop thinking about it, craving it. Especially the wrong kinds.

The food laden with sugar and high in carbohydrates, which are just what we should stay away from, are usually the ones we crave.

But once you have experienced fasting for a short time, you will pleasantly surprised. Won’t it be wonderful not to be a slave to food anymore.

Hopefully this article will help you to get control of your eating and achieve better health.

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as possible, Thanks, Deanna

 

Alternate Day Fasting Plan-It Works

Have you heard about alternate day fasting plan? It’s a form of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is the hottest diet trend and getting very popular right now.

Easy

It’s easy to follow, no measuring, no weighting and every other day, no cooking. That is unless you have to cook for your family.

Even on your fasting days you can have 500 calories. On your no fasting days you can eat anything within reason (not a whole pizza).For best results, eat clean.alternate day fasting plan

Alternate day fasting is gaining in popularity because of it’s simplicty. Eat one day (within reason) and fast the next day. You can have 500 calories on your fasting days.

What could be simpler than that.The hype over intermittent fasting is understandable, it is an easy way to lose weight around the middle, plus it is good healthy way for you to eat and change your lifestyle.

Not only will you get the pounds off, you will have positive health benefits. Improved heart health, better brain function, increased life span and possible prevention of many chronic diseases.

Advocates of fasting think we are now getting closer to fasting being accepted as a healthy practice.

No time 

Think you don’t have the time for a weight loss program? No extra time is needed to follow this diet (lifestyle) plan. In fact it might even save you time.

If you are stretched to the limit, raising a family, working full time or  taking care of grandchildren or all of the above, this program is just what you need.

No fuss, no special foods, no weighting or measuring, no counting points, no going to meetings. Alternate fasting will be the easiest way to lose all the weight you want to lose in a short period of time. No planning ahead, no hassle, simple.

Getting  Started

Start by eating clean. You will find It easier to fast when your body has prepared for it. For one week, give up smoking, no alcohol, no red meat, give up processed food and high sugar content foods.

First day, fast. No solid food all day. If you are really hungry, have 500 calories of clean food. Make sure they don’t contain added sugar or high carbs.

Drink a gallon of water a day. You can have coffee or tea, black, preferably green tea. And just keep drinking the water.glass of lemon water

Good for you, you are now on your way to a healthier eating plan and great strides toward your weight loss goals and better health.

Some authorities think that fasting every other day is too often. They think 1 or 2 days a week is best for optimum health benefits.

The ebook EatStopEat  is a excellent informational source about alternate day fasting.

This diet is very easy to do, once you adjust to the “not eating for specify lengths of time” mode.

Your mind-set

If you can adjust your mind-set to not eating and not being hungry it will become a very easy system to follow. But it will take time to become accustomed to this new lifestyle.

One of the best features is you are capable of losing all the weight you need or want to lose in a relativity short amount of time.

But wait, even when you reach your goal, don’t go back to your old ways. You will just gain all the weight back. If you are comfortable with this pattern of eating, don’t change. Just add a little more food to what you are eating now.

Keep weighting yourself to see how you are doing. If you start to gain, just cut back on the amount of food you are eating.

That’s why it great to log everything into a journal. scale and tape measureEverything that goes in your mouth gets logged in.

That gives you so much control over your weight loss ups and downs. Hopefully mostly all downs.

Any fasting method gives the body a chance to rest and rid the body of toxins, plus regenerating your cells . So not only will you lose weight you will be giving your body a much needed rest.

So try alternate day fasting or any of the other fasting plans on this website and see what works best for your body. I’m sure you will find the best plan that works for you.

If you enjoyed this article or have any questions, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks, Deanna