Di­et­ing is all about the right num­bers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOODANDDRINK -

HOW’S that New Year’s res­o­lu­tion of los­ing weight com­ing along? If the sweet treats have crept back into your daily rou­tine, or Dry Jan­uary has be­come awash with week­end wine, don’t despair.

In 2012, there was a point when ev­ery­one seemed to be talk­ing about the 5:2 diet. More of an eat­ing plan than a diet, it sim­ply in­volves two `fast­ing’ days a week, when your calo­rie in­take needs to be a max­i­mum of 500 for women or 600 for men, and five bliss­fully nor­mal def­i­nitely-not-ona-diet days.

Three years on and the New Year book­shelves are still groan­ing un­der the weight of new ti­tles; Kate Har­ri­son’s 5:2 Good Food Kitchen, for one. And that’s be­cause it works.

Kate dropped from a size 16 to a size 10-12 three years agho and has main­tained that.

Here are her top tips to keep you on track, plus three de­li­cious recipes to in­spire your fast­ing days... coat. If you have time, place the dish in the fridge to al­low the pork to mar­i­nate for up to an hour. Spray a cold, non-stick fry­ing pan with one-calo­rie cook­ing spray and place over a medium heat. Add the pork

Dis­tract your­self. Hunger tends to come in waves, so have a brew or phone a friend and you’ll for­get all about it.

Join the Face­book group (face­book.com/groups/the52diet) - there are mem­bers there around the clock, ready to spur you on.

Write down what you eat on a Fast Day - and how you feel - to help you dis­cover what works best for you.

Weigh your­self no more than once a week, or less, at the same time of day. Our weight fluc­tu­ates so much that you don’t want to and fry it for three to four min­utes on one side. Turn over, adding more spray to the pan, if needed. Con­tinue to cook the pork on the other side, un­til golden and cooked through in the mid­dle. Set aside to rest. Bring a small pan of wa­ter to the boil. Add the noo­dles and cook for five min­utes, or fol­low­ing the in­struc­tion on the pack. Add the baby corn and sugar snap pea mix­ture, as well as the broc­coli flo­rets, then turn off the heat and al­low to cook in the hot wa­ter for one to two min­utes. Drain the noo­dles and vegetables, toss well to mix, then re­turn them to the pan. Stir in the lime zest and juice, sesame oil, soy sauce and chilli, then spoon onto a plate. Slice the pork and ar­range on top, then driz­zle round any of the rested juices. get dis­heart­ened by weigh­ing daily. Look for other pos­i­tive signs too - like a pair of jeans that are tight be­fore you start, but may well show losses sooner than the scales do.

En­joy a bal­anced diet - and treats - on your non-fast­ing days. When you’re not fast­ing, you can eat nor­mally, up to around 2,000 calo­ries for women and 2,400 for men.

For more tips, visit www. the5-2di­et­book.com

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