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Fast 800 Diet – Week 2

I am into my third week of the Fast 800 diet now and I can’t believe the difference.

If you read my previous post, you’ll know why I started this diet. Unable to shift the post 40 weight, I was determined to do something about it. What I’ve found, as the book says, is some rapid weight loss and at the time of writing this, have lost 7lbs. My goal was to lose eight, so for the time being, I’m sticking to the 800 calories a day.

I felt poorly the first week, unfortunately, and I wasn’t sure if it was due, in part, to the change of diet. However, it seems we’ve had a bit of a run of illness in the family, so I’m not sure it was. I’m over that now and I feel generally much brighter all round, less sluggish and not subject to the sugar highs and lows and the energy slumps that these bring.

As luck would have it, I’ve started this regime right at the time when the new cook book to accompany the diet has been launched.

There aren’t many recipes in the original book, as it’s more about the science behind it and the research. However, the few recipes that there are, are great. I haven’t come across one that I don’t like.

It’s great to have the variety though. In general, as the chief cook of the house, I find I get stuck with what to make for dinner. It’s always difficult to please everybody, and in addition to the moans I often get, I actually get bored of cooking sometimes.

At the moment, I’m really enjoying this newer way of eating and although there have been a couple of times when I’ve felt the need for something more – Friday night being one of them, as I would often sit with a glass of wine and a bowl of crisps – I’ve not been hungry between meals.

This diet has definitely forced me to think about portion size, as to reduce from a recommended max of 2000 calories per day to just 800 has been an eye-opener in terms of how much food we generally put on our plate. Take this as an example. My kids requested a Wagamma takeaway at the weekend, and I looked at the website to find out what I could have. Most of the full size meals are around 2000 calories and you’d think they’d be healthy wouldn’t you? The portion sizes are enormous though and I ended up choosing a mini chicken Ramen and removing the noodles!

Whether you eat meat, are veggie or vegan, the Fast 800 Cookbook seems to cater for all. There are some delicious looking recipes in there and what I really like, is the fact that they don’t seem to involve lots of fancy ingredients and nothing takes too long to prepare.

The whole family are currently eating this way. I don’t prepare different dinners for different members. The only thing the rest of them get that I currently don’t are carbs such as rice, potatoes and pasta.

Fast 800 diet - week 2 - A Free From Life

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Weight loss post 40 with the Fast 800 Diet

Post 40 weight loss - A Free From Life

Having never had to worry about my weight, I’ve found, post 40, that it’s begun to creep up and I’m struggling to keep it off.

I had time off exercise before Christmas due to an injury, and the weight I put on during that time has stuck with me. Since then, I’ve tried Dry January, No Sugar February and a low carb approach to eating.

Since I don’t drink masses of alcohol and have very little sugar, not surprisingly, those approaches didn’t work. The low carb option wasn’t having much of an effect either.

It was when it came to picking out an outfit for a recent party that it really hit home that I needed to do something about my weight. I couldn’t fit into any of my dresses! Okay, so it was an excuse to buy a new one, but I wasn’t at all comfortable with that.

After speaking to a few people, I got myself a copy of the Fast 800 book by Dr Michael Moseley.

Immediately, this approach made sense to me. You drop your calorie intake down to 800 per day for at least the first two weeks. Also, during this time, you eat between a window of 10 or 12 hours and fast for the rest. This puts your body into ketosis, where you burn stored fat and it has dramatic results.

This is certainly true for me, as I only started it at the beginning of this week. Here we are, on Thursday, and I’ve already lost 2lbs.

The idea is, you move on to a 5:2 approach, which means eating normally for five days and doing the fasting (800 calories) on the other two. I think this is manageable and from what I’ve read, seems a sensible, healthy approach to eating, in general.

My time-restricted eating (TRE) at the moment is between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. but in reality, I finish eating at around 6, so the fasting period is actually longer than this.

I don’t feel hungry though. The meals are more than filling me up and I haven’t felt the need to snack in between. Part of this comes down to motivation, as I’m already seeing the results.

How do I feel? Well, on Tuesday night I started with a sore throat and yesterday felt rough. Last night, I woke up with stomach pains, similar to how I’ve felt with food poisoning. And today, I feel like I might actually be physically sick. I’m guessing this is kind of a detox feeling my body is going through and I’ll hopefully come out of the other side feeling much healthier.

Let’s hope so. I will keep you informed.