My experiment begins tomorrow.
As part of the 5/2 (Fasting Diet), it is recommended that you allocate two days to only have 600 calories. I have chosen Monday and Wednesday.
My gut feeling and my ‘guts feeling’ is that it will be better to start the fasting diet on the first Monday of the month.
From the 1st Jan 2014 I am going to stick to my other diet goals of no Alcohol and no Wheat, but start the 5/2 diet on Monday 6th Jan.
There are several reasons for doing the first Monday of the month for the fasting diet, which are as follows:
1. January is the end of a massive glutenous period (well for me anyway) and with the return to work I do not want to feel too flat on the first couple of days and then fail by eating comfort food. From what I have read about New Year resolutions (which this is not….but it does fall into that category as far as Mrs. FatCycles is concerned), once one falls off the rails it is human nature to react by saying well “f*** it I have failed now, so I might as well give up” and that as much as we love our loved ones and friends some of the for some pervious reason want us to fail to make them selves feel better.
2. Starting at the begging of the week is easier psychologically.
3. If I am giving up drinking for a month, then knowing myself I will probably try and make up for it with my favourite ale, Summer Lighting, so starving ones self with a New Years day hangover is a recipe for disaster.
So for me it is all about baby steps that are exciting rather than daunting.
New Years day for me will be without Alcohol and Wheat. Which I think will be hard enough. Wow that makes me sound like an Alcoholic, but lets face it the quiet glass of wine on the eve of a new working year is always quite soothing, but not this year. Mr. FatCycles will be tucking into a hot fresh mint tea and packing my salad and fruit for what will be the most exciting January ever.
Good luck everyone and Happy New Year.