WH Fea­tures Ed­i­tor Nikki Os­man has been fol­low­ing the 16:8 diet for six months

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -

‘Like most peo­ple, I came to fast­ing via the 5:2 – in my case, af­ter a treat yo’self trip left me half a stone heav­ier. Twice a week, I’d have a miso soup for lunch, fol­lowed by an M&S low-cal ready meal for din­ner. Six weeks later, I was back at my usual weight. Then along came the 16:8 – the diet that promised I could have my cake and eat it too, as long as I ate ev­ery last crumb be­fore 9pm. And in Jan­uary this year, I de­cided to give it a go. I’ve never been a big break­fast per­son, so eat­ing my first meal at 1pm works for me. Com­ing to my lunch hun­gry gives me a good idea of what I want to eat, and I en­joy my meal more for it. I’m a grazer,

so it gives me free rein to snack on fruit, nuts or choco­late in the af­ter­noon. And the 9pm cut-off re­duces mind­less eat­ing af­ter hours. It’s the rea­son that, six months on, I’m still eat­ing this way – I’ve found a diet that’s sus­tain­able for me. Fol­low­ing it Mon­day to Fri­day gives me the rou­tine I need to eat healthily. I never feel de­prived, but it keeps my late-night ice cream and wine at bay.

That said, I don’t clock-watch. If I’m half­way through a meal come cut-off, I’ll fin­ish it, and when my so­cial life gets in the way, I’ll sack it off and start again the next day. For me, any eat­ing plan be­comes un­sus­tain­able the mo­ment you start to re­sent it. But ev­ery Mon­day, it feels like I’m press­ing the re­set but­ton. And for me, that’s the thing I like most.’

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