Hmm. Well I must be honest I had expected the weight to fall off a lot faster. So far I’ve lost the princely amount of half a pound.
Now I will be honest and say that I did cheat on my 3rd fast day and ate a sausage and some baked beans for tea instead of the LighterLife Fast ready meal I was supposed to have.
But that’s the only transgression I’ve made.
As you will recall from my previous post, the LighterLife Fast programme is a version of the 5:2 diet where you restrict your calories on 2 days of the week and then eat normally for the remaining 5.
The problem is, I think, with the definition of “eating normally”.
There are several reasons why the weight isn’t shifting and this is why you really can’t have a “one diet fits all” approach.
I can’t compare my weight loss with yours over the same period because we may have different metabolisms or retain more water.
As a menopausal woman with a thyroid problem I suppose I should expect weight loss to be a little more challenging.
Here are my ‘issues’ (oh alright then – excuses)
Lack of support
It’s not surprising the group support is such an important feature of the other LighterLife weight loss programmes.
It’s bloody hard eating something from a sachet when the family are tucking into a home-cooked tea.
You really have to want to do this. Again, this comes back to support and having a ‘diet buddy’ to share your progress with.
You have to adjust your eating on the other 5 days
You may say this is blindingly obvious but the danger with restricting calories on 2 days is that you tend to load up on the other 5.
So it’s really a diet plan that is 7 day not 2 day. After all, it was “eating normally” that started to put the weight on in the first place.
I am surprised though how little difference calorie restriction has made so far.
I really miss fresh food
There’s no denying that the LighterLife Fast plan is incredibly convenient. A trip to my local Superdrug found shelves well stocked with a good variety of the brand’s soups, shakes and ready meals. (The products are exclusive to Superdrug).
One of the key benefits of this plan is that it’s a no-brainer, no cook, no stress method of eating and although the products are formulated to ensure you don’t miss out on nutrition, there’s nothing like eating fresh food – particularly fruit and veg.
You need to increase your daily activity
Again, hardly rocket science but I think I need to dramatically increase my activity levels. At the moment on weekdays it consists of walking about a mile on the 2 school runs and little else!
So that’s where I am today, at the start of my 4th fast day (half way through my challenge).
I’ve just had Apple & Cinnamon porridge (155 cals) which was hot and tasty so let’s see how I get on.
I would like to see a weight loss of at least 3-4 pounds within a month, ideally 7 pounds which would be realistically achievable with other diets.
Wish me luck.
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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