5-2 Diet Update – and Asian Noodles
So my efforts at the 5-2 Diet continue. Yesterday I was overindulging again thanks to the Potato Council who treated me to an eight course potato tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon. So, today I decided to go hard core with the 5-2 diet and try consuming nothing but green tea and miso soup till dinner. Now, there are two schools of thought on how the 5-2 diet should be done. The hard core version of the 5-2 diet involves trying to fast for 24 hours. That’s achieved by not eating from when you last had a full non 5-2 diet meal until the same time the next day. The softer option which is what Michael Mosley did on Eat Fast and Live London. It’s also what I am still doing most of the time is to eat a small meal at breakfast or lunch and then make the calories up to your allowance of 500 or 600 calories with supper. You only really start eating again the next morning.
Anyway…this 5:2 diet recipe was a bit of a hybrid but I did eat rather less during the day than I have to date. And, by the evening, I wanted a warm spicy comforting meal. I suspect most people have their own version of this dish. Mine is simple, easy to adapt depending on what you have in the fridge and store cupboard and only really needs a few key ingredients. Noodles, Ginger, Chilli, Garlic, Soy and Coriander (or Cilantro if you are American). After than, you can make a vegetarian version of this dish or you can make it with beef, chicken or seafood. To make sure it is a low calorie dish, just use a tiny amount of oil for the initial frying and stick to the vegetarian, chicken or seafood version. The calories will vary depending on the ingredients you use, but should be somewhere between 300 and 400 cals. I worked out my chicken version was 320 calories per portion.
I’m quite enjoying the 5:2 diet. For me the weight loss is quite slow, but I definitely feel less bloated and so far I’ve lost 2.5 kilos. And, with my current lifestyle, the 5:2 diet is the most practical way for me to at least try to slim down a bit.