The fourth diet on our rollercoaster tour of culinary restraint is the Intermittent Fasting diet – also known as the 5:2. I’m not going to call it the 5:2 though as I’m not going to do 5:2 every week, and indeed I didn’t manage 5:2 last week. I’m going to do 6:1, 5:2 or 4:3 depending upon how mental the social life gets. As 7-x:x with 0<x<4 doesn’t really slip off the tongue I’ll call it intermittent fasting or IF for short.
This is a diet I’d done before and so have a number of books on the shelf to help out. As I’ve followed this already I have a fairly good idea what to expect – the key issue will be getting very hungry, but not for long.
What does the diet involve?
On fast days I’ll eat a massively reduced number of calories, aiming to consume less than 500 calories (blokes get an extra 100 calories a day). On non-fast days, I’ll eat sensibly. That’s it.