Dieting is all about the right numbers
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