Every detox system has a way to get the toxins out and an eating plan to help that happen.
Of course, “eating plan” is a way to avoid the nasty word “Diet” but of course we can’t avoid it for long. Let’s start by asking ourselves what we want from a diet and what would be an ideal diet
An Ideal Diet
A perfect diet would be one that is easy to do, helps you to get healthier while losing weight permanently. Everyone agrees that weight loss is easy – but healthy weight loss is hard and keeping the weight off even harder.
I’m doing a series of Healthy Diet reviews here over the next few months and today we start by looking at some of the general truths common to all of them. None of them are fad diets focussed on a Celebrity or just eating one food and all come with many years of scientific research. All of them can be done at home with no hassle and do not require you to buy particular foods or Brands.
All diets work by restricting the number of calories that you eat. The big problem is that most diets can’t be followed long term and we find that when we stop we put the weight back on…and more.
A Water Only Diet
This is the most drastic diet and you find that very few people choose to do it. Actually the body of an average person has enough energy stored in his / her fat that they could easily live for a month or more without eating at all. Funny enough the body can cope with this by switching to fat burning mode after 2 or 3 days and after that you feel little to no hunger. The first few days would be awful though!
An Every Other Day Diet
This is a diet that researchers started investigating decades ago and you probably have not heard of it. The diet is what is says “on the tin” – each day is either what professor Krista Varady calls a Fast Day where you eat anything you like but only up to 500 calories or what she calls a Feast Day where you eat what you like. So on alternate days you Fast, Feast, Fast, Feast for as long as you like – in fact do this system until you get to your desired weight and then maybe do it occasionally when you feel you need to.
This was the diet that really inspired me to get going with what is called either “Intermittent Fasting” or “Fasting Mimicking Diets” – sorry about the jargon – it matters a lot to the scientist working this stuff out so we have to know what it means if we want to learn from them.
The Calorie Showdown
So there I was reading up on the health effects – the regeneration of the body the rebirth almost of the immune system when I had to “Do the Math” to work out what my meals were going to be when I was on the Diet.
I did buy a pile of books and some were recipe books too but when I looked at what food I could get for 500 calories I just about freaked out!
All of a sudden the Diet that I thought seemed so easy became in my eyes totally impossible.
This changed my whole view of Intermittent Fasting diets – The Every Other Day Diet seemed to be the most difficult (for me) and The Longevity Diet which is a 5 day diet was maybe not so hard as I thought.
The Longevity Diet
This is a 5 day intensive – no alternating from one day to the next just days where your food is calorie limited. This is where I panicked with Krista Varady’s diet and here is where I almost fell about laughing with relief…The first day you have 1100 calories to play with and days 2 to 5 you have 750 calories to play with. I reckoned that it would be easy to follow and I plan to do so for the second half of 2018.
The Five Two Diet
The other main option we have in this Intermittent Fasting kind of Health diet has 2 diet days a week and 5 “Feasting” days – so the Five two diet took off in popularity especially in Britain. The Calorie limits were raised not long ago to 800 a day.
This sounded easy to do and I have been following this system for about a month. It has been easy to follow and I have had no hunger pangs and yes I have lost weight.
These are early days for me in this Intermittent Fasting adventure. I’m doing it because I believe that the process behind all 3 of these diets is the same in that it triggers deep mechanism in the body, in each cell of the body to regenerate to renew and to detox – this is detox at the level of the cell so I planned to get experience of the Five Two Diet for the first few months of the year – up to my birthday May 31st in fact and to switch to the Longevity Diet and do a 5 Day period each month for the rest of the year.
What’s your reaction to this? Would you like a younger, rejuvenated You? I think we can get it and it costs us nothing to achieve – I suggest you get some books – I’m used to be a teacher so of course I’ll suggest you get some books but there is enough info here and in the videos I’ll be posting for you to follow along. Please check with your Family Physician if you are underweight or diabetic – you may need to go slower but I still think you can find a safe way to follow this kind of programme.