Another Day, Another Diet: The Fast Diet
High Hopes for The Fast Diet
Having tried a number of different diets over the years, and failing at most, I am about to attempt a new diet that I have recently read about in the July 1st issue of Woman's World magazine. In fact, I am starting this diet today. This one is called, 'The Fast Diet." It originated in England but is a big hit in the United States and also in many other countries. I was hoping the word "fast" in the title meant that one would lose weight FAST! But unfortunately, that is not what it means. It's a type of diet plan where one doesn't eat as much on certain days as on others. The days you eat less are your "fast" days.
I have been attempting to diet on and off since having children wreaked havoc on my waistline. And then there have been other stages of my life which haven't helped. Now that I am middle-aged, apparently there are some hormonal changes that they say make it harder for a woman to lose weight. And I can vouch for those changes. I have tried dieting, exercise, exercise and dieting together, and while some have worked, they haven't helped me keep the weight off, and eventually, those pounds crept back on. Most diets left me cranky, tired and starving. None of those adjectives sit well with my husband and so I have been looking for a better way. I am hoping I have found it in this diet.
Healthy Weight and BMI
According to the Weight Watchers, my healthy weight range is 24 to 53 pounds less than I am right now. And for those of you who pay attention to BMI ( Body Mass Index), I am at the top end of the overweight range, teetering on obesity. Yikes, that was scary to write, and embarrassing to admit! The range of BMI runs as follows:
Underweight: Under 18.5
Normal Weight Range: 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight: 25 - 29.9
Obesity: 30 or greater
If you are interested, I have included the link to check out your personal BMI below.
Now, I have known this for years, so you might think that I would do something permanent about it. My problem is, I love to eat. And to top it off, I am an emotional eater, so if I am tired or stressed, I eat to make myself feel better. Those two facts in combination with each other do not make for a slim and trim figure. Add to this the fact that I had a heart attack while going through a divorce eight years ago doesn't help matters. So, today is a day full of hope for me. I am inviting you to come along for the ride.
The Fast Diet Poll
Have You Tried This Diet?
What is The Fast Diet Exactly?
For those of you wondering how The Fast Diet works, it's quite simple...and that's another thing I like about it. You eat your normal meals and snacks five days per week, and you fast on two non-consecutive days. On Fast days, women eat 500 calories worth of food and men eat 600. Isn't that great? That means that you aren't on a diet where you are hungry seven days per week. There are only two days per week where you eat less than you normally would, and those days are not even 2 in a row. If you are the type of person like me who doesn't like to feel deprived, this is a good way to handle a diet because you only feel deprived one day at a time, if at all. The promoter of this diet, Dr. Michael Moseley, from England, says now that he has been doing the diet for awhile, his body has gotten used to it, and he doesn't feel deprived or hungry at all on fast days. After reaching your goal weight, you can maintain the weight loss by fasting only one day per week.
Dr. Moseley has written a book complete with recipes about the diet. I have included two video interviews with him below, in which the book is mentioned. But the bottom line is that women eat only 500 calories for the whole day on fasting days, and men eat about 600 calories. The woman in the magazine article I read has lost 20 pounds in twelve weeks, and her boyfriend lost 25 pounds in the same amount of time. The magazine has a few meal plans included in the article. Here is what I will be eating today:
1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
One sliced pear
One frozen meal ( 300 calories or less)
One cup of steamed vegetables
One bowl of leafy greens with vinegar
( There are other examples of meals without frozen dinners, such as 5 oz. of grilled chicken breast and fish but to start with the frozen meals just seemed easier for me)
The plan says you can drink as much black tea, coffee, and water as you want. I drink water with my meals anyway, and I will add Splenda to my coffee ( allowed) and a non- fat creamer to my coffee, which is not technically allowed, but since my frozen meals that I bought for this week are both under 300 calories, I will just make up those extra calories with the non- fat creamer.
Interview with Dr. Michael Mosely
Fast Diet Benefits Other Than Weight Loss
Other health benefits of The Fast Diet include:
* It reboots hormones to jump start metabolism
* It speeds the production of health promoting compounds making stronger cells which resist disease and aging.
* Studies have shown an improvement in lowered blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol levels in Fast Dieters
I am going to keep track on this hub of the weight I lose as I go along. I am committing to 12 weeks at this point. Right now, that seems like a pretty big commitment to me. Today is the first day I am starting the diet, so I have no idea if it works, but am stepping out in blind faith, and because this diet makes sense to me. Sorry folks, I am not going to tell you my starting weight, only my progress. They say to measure your waistline around your belly button, so I include that as well.
Weight Loss Table
Weight Lost Since Starting Date
28.7 ( down .3)
Gained .2 lb
Lost .4 ( down 2.2lbs total)
same as above
Gained .2 lbs
same as above
28.7 ( same)
My diet is done!!!
Video About The Fast Diet With Dr. Michael Moseley
Spreading the Food Allowance Out Throughout the Day
The woman that wrote The Fast Diet Recipe book has also tried the diet. She did say that for her, having only two meals per day were hard, so instead she split it up and made it three or had a part of the meal as a snack. I'm with her on that one. I have read quite often that having small meals throughout the day boosts metabolism, so that is the plan I will follow.
Perks With The Fast Diet
My commitment to this diet right now, on July 8th, 2013 is for three months, which is the last week in September. This works perfectly because my husband and I have a cruise planned for the end of September. The great thing about The Fast Diet is that I can actually continue it on a cruise ship. There are other choices for meals as well, and cruise ships have the foods available I would need if I want to continue with the diet. Once I have reached my goal weight loss of 22 pounds, it's easy to maintain the weight loss by just switching to following The Fast Diet meal plan one day per week. Maybe I should shoot for the 24 pounds so I can get down to the recommended BMI, but for now, 22 pounds is my goal.
One of the perks of The Fast Diet is that I can pick the days during the week that I want to fast. So if I plan to go out to eat on a Saturday, I will make sure I don't choose that as a fasting day. Another perk, for me at least is that the Fast Diet still allows coffee. I love having a cup of coffee in the morning, and other diets don't always allow for this. In fact, I had found another diet that I was going to start this same week until I read you have to give up coffee. Fortunately, I read about The Fast Diet just in time!
Stay tuned for more progress...!
I would like to note a disclaimer here...The Fast Diet is not for everyone. It is not recommended for teenagers, pregnant or nursing women, and others with health issues. This article is only my experience with this diet, and I recommend everyone considering this diet check with their doctor before beginning to make sure it is safe for you.
Well, I was disappointed that I didn't lose any weight, and in fact, gained .2 lbs. But when I looked in the mirror this morning, I thought my stomach looked flatter, and it sure did...1 whole inch flatter! So even though I didn't lose weight, I guess I am toning up! And that's good news.
Okay, I am quite discouraged now. I have only lost a total of 2.2 pounds on the Fast Diet. I know for sure that the "Fast Diet" doesn't mean losing weight "fast, " but I don't do well on diets where I don't see some good weight loss quickly. In the diet's defense, I should mention that my birthday was last Saturday ( 7/27) and I did go out to eat a lot with friends and family members who wanted to help me celebrate my birthday! So that really wasn't like having regular meals at home. I am going to give this one more week and see the results and then make a decision about continuing. I also just got a pedometer for my birthday, and I really enjoy challenging myself with a pedometer to walk more, so I may see some results based on that as well. I will keep you all updated. Until next week...
Well, unfortunately, I have lost a bit less than 2 lbs. On this diet in one month. 1.8 pounds to be exact and although I did lose 1.5 inches on my waistline, I am giving up on this diet. It isn't working for me. I recently received a pedometer for my birthday, and I am enjoying that much more than dieting. In one week I already can feel myself toning up. I plan to stop this diet, which contrary to what the good doctor that developed it said did make me miserable and hungry on the fasting days. I guess everyone responds differently to diets. My body's way of responding to diets is to let me know it's not happy about it and to make sure I feel very deprived! Walking will now be my choice for weight loss and watching what I eat during one meal each day. I am sorry to those of you who I disappointed by quitting the diet ( or some of you may be saying "wimping out" but life's too short to make myself deprived and miserable!)
If you have tried this diet and it has worked for you, please leave a comment below!
The Fast Diet Didn't Work for Me, but it Might Work for You!
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