The Fast Diet

I'm not posting a weekend update today because, quite frankly, I didn't do anything worthy of writing about. Last week I was MIA too, and I'm not happy this is becoming a habit. Things have just been hectic as of late, with traveling, work and general laziness when I do have some downtime.

Here's to a better week—and one that's starting with a new nutrition plan! As one of my 30 before 30 goals, I need to lose 5 lbs. This coincides perfectly with the fact that I also need to shed some lbs before my best friend's wedding in August.

My husband, the health nut that he is, actually proposed this "diet" to me. It's called "The Fast Diet," and is otherwise known as the 5-2 diet.

Here's the gist: For five days a week, you eat normally. The other two days, you "fast," cutting your calorie intake to about a 1/4 of what you'd normally eat, so about 500 calories if you're a woman and 600 calories if you're a dude. You can pick any two days of the week and they don't have to be consecutive. Sounds easy enough, yeah?

And apparently, it works. That is, if you don't overeat on your "normal" eating days or decide that you want all 500 calories on a "fast" day to be a burrito from Taco Bell. Most women lose about 1 lb/week, and men see more. Thought process being that unlike other diets, there is no boredom and there aren't really any restrictions. Sure, on the fast day you eat less than you'd like, but you can still eat.

For example, today I've had a scrambled egg for breakfast, a spinach salad with turkey and veggies for lunch, and grapes for a snack. For dinner, I'll have a chicken breast and some more veggies. I'll also consume about 100 oz of water today.

So, we'll see how it goes! I'll keep ya posted on my progress and post any yummy recipes I come across. Would love to hear your thoughts on this plan?

I hope to be back tomorrow with a Bachelorette recap :)

Mingle 240


  1. Interesting! I haven't heard of that diet! Good luck!

  2. That's a really interesting diet. It sounds like it's way more sound than some other diets -- and who doesn't like eating normally while dieting? Haha. Good luck, and I can't wait to hear how it goes!

  3. i have heard of this diet and my husband works in nutrition and says its terrible (sorry!!!) he says it ruins your metabolism!!

  4. I have heard about this, and Jess and I just talked about it actually. Does Bryan do it?? What days are you choosing to 'fast'? I will be interested to see how you do. I can definitely see a problem with people on their 'normal' days and eating...they might think they can eat whatever they want. cannot only eat 500 calories on days you work out!!! Hmm...excited to read more posts.

  5. Rach I bought the's been sitting on my counter for a month! I'll get around to trying it sometime :)


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