This is another guest post from Roger
Last month was the x:7-x diet, where x is supposed to be 2.
I have done this for some time in the past and found that it suits me and has the desired gentle effect.
There is some hocus-pocus surrounding this diet that involves ketosis, but it may be simpler to observe that if you grossly undereat for 2 days, you may well not catch up in the other 5 – I’m fairly sure this is true in my case. So often at the end of an under-eat day, one says “Ha! Tomorrow is bacon sandwiches and beer”, but it doesn’t actually happen. So I think it works by driving down aggregate calorie intake. Remember, as a result of the SSSS diet (see last month) our intake is already reduced by 10% by virtue of smaller crockery.
I have devised an objective scoring scheme for diets with which you will be familiar, so we can now judge the 5:2 diet. During this month I came to enjoy the cleansing effect of no-eat days – you can put up with anything for a day.
If you believe the [upgraded] weighing machine in my bathroom (which nobody in their right mind would) I lost about 0lb in 4 weeks (and gained 0). this is faintly disappointing as I would expect about 0.5lb/week, but it’s OK as a result. Ergo, I score it at 8 for tolerability and 2 for effectiveness.
The scores to date:
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1. Dieting without tears or willpower, Roger Boyle, Y Lolfa, forthcoming 2018. Dr Boyle exhibits a dietary regime that does not alter what you eat, or when you eat it. Likewise what you drink and smoke. The results are astounding. Testimonials: “Roger is my Hero”, H Dee; “He treats food as bathos, and drink with antistrophe.” L Blissett. ↩