THE INTERMITTENT FASTER ANDREW BAKER, 56
I’m in pretty good health, and, while I’m no athlete, I’m not overweight. But I do find that my weight creeps up inexorably unless I pay attention to my diet.
Currently I stick to what I think is officially termed “intermittent fasting” but in my case basically means skipping supper. The idea is to restrict my food intake to eight hours out of every 24. Not hard during the week, when I snack all day at my desk and we rarely eat out in the evenings.
At weekends I skip breakfast and enjoy family lunches and dinners. I have lost about 7lb, which seems not to be reappearing.
I tend to avoid bread, which makes me sleepy; and I’ve been contentedly teetotal for many years, which cuts out a lot of “empty” calories. My treat is good, dark chocolate.
10am: small bowl comprising banana, mango, non-dairy coconut “yogurt”, granola; fresh fruit – mango, pineapple, melon, apple, blueberries; can of Diet Coke 11am: two squares of dark chocolate Lunch: Pret macaroni cheese, cereal bar, packet of cheese crisps and ginger beer 3pm: portion of mango with lime juice 5.30pm: two squares of 85 per cent chocolate with blueberry and quinoa Evening: can of Diet Coke; cup of valerian tea
10am: same breakfast; can Diet Coke 11.30am: four squares of 70 per cent chocolate with black cherry 1.30pm: skinless chicken and brown rice from Leon with shredded raw cabbage and peas; packet of crisps; portion of mango with lime juice. 5.30pm: two squares of 70 per cent chocolate with black cherry Evening: roast chicken, new potatoes, broccoli and sweetcorn; strawberries and raspberries with crème fraîche; can of Diet Coke, cup of valerian tea
No breakfast 1pm: sausage roll, grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic; chocolate sorbet; can of Diet Coke 8pm: Pizza Express cheese, tomato and pepperoni pizza; scoop of vanilla ice cream Evening: can of Diet Coke, cup of valerian tea
10am: mango, pineapple and melon; honey and ginger yogurt 1pm: quiche Lorraine, pork pie, tomato salad, potato salad; strawberries with one scoop ice cream; can of Diet Coke 5pm: small packet roasted cashews; Snickers bar, toffee and peanut bar Evening: can of Diet Coke, cup of valerian tea