|LighterLife Fast packs c/o LighterLife|
Well come to another post on my (seemingly) never ending quest to lose weight. Before taking on the Exante trial in January, I had been successfully working out and doing the 5:2 diet.
No doubt you have all heard of the 5:2 diet, also known as the Fast diet – but just in case here is a quick overview. The idea behind this diet is that you eat normally 5 days a week (i.e. healthily, not gorging too much!) and then effectively fast the remaining two. On the fast days you effectively quarter you calories, it is advised that you eat 600 calories and get your RDA of key vitamins and minerals along with fibre and protein. The two fast days should not be taken consecutively.
The reason I was drawn to the 5:2 diet was that dieting 2 days a week seems a lot easier to follow and fits in better with my lifestyle. It allows me to work out on the days that I am not fasting and to still enjoy work lunches or unexpected drinks/dinners and still repent for my food sins. The only issue I have on the 5:2 diet is knowing what to eat throughout the day to that I can concentrate at work but still stick to 600cals. Luckily there is now a solution – LighterLife Fast, which is now exclusively available at Superdrug.
The idea behind LighterLife Fast is to make life easier on those fast days providing you with four LighterLife FastpacksTM for those 600calorie days. The new range starts at £7.99 for a box of four FastpacksTM – which is enough for one day of fasting. The FastpackTM options include:
- Savoury meals such as Spaghetti Bolognese and pasta carbonara
- Porridge – the breakfast favourite!
- Four delicious shakes – vanilla, strawberry, banana and chocolate
- Four scrumptious meal bars in nut fudge, crispy peanut, cranberry & raspberry and toffee flavours
LighterLife has sent me a months’ worth of their FastpacksTM to try and document my experience.
My first fast day was yesterday (Wednesday), and I decided not to work out. Having really struggled with the whole food replacement thing in February, I have to say that I was completely fine. It could be that I am in the zone as I’ve been tracking my food the last week and been exercising, but I think it is also what I was provided with. Firstly the increase to 4 meals really helps. I had one of the Peanut bars for breakfast – it tasted more or less like a Tracker bar and I really enjoyed it. I had the porridge for lunch and the Bolognese mid-afternoon, this is when I get really hungry. I was surprised as the Bolognese looks like actual food, with real spaghetti which was a lovely. For dinner I had a Vanilla shake.
So let’s get to the nitty gritty, my weight. I’m actually ashamed to say that I have ballooned in the weeks since Exante.
Start weight: 13st 9.5lbs (I have actually lost a few pounds in the last week which is a horrific thing to admit. It’s the most I have weighed in about 2 years).
Let’s hope there is a more positive result in a months’ time!
Have you got any weight loss/ healthy eating tips, please share I obviously need them!
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