The 5:2 diet, also known as “The Fast Diet”, is a kind of intermittent fasting diet which only allows for 500 to 600 calories a day for two days out of a week.
But as you can imagine, living in a country with such easy access to delicious food like Malaysia, won’t make it easy to pull the diet off. Something like nasi lemak with sambal, one piece of fried chicken, and egg, which Malaysians usually eat for breakfast will come up to 850 to 1,100 calories.
So here are some tips for the best way to go about this diet.
1. Eat A Lot Of Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are bulky and make you feel full. Also vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli then to give your stomach a sense of bulk.
2. Eat Small Portions Of Lean Meat, Fish Or Eggs
Protein will make you feel full. Which is good when dieting. Go for lean meats, rather than fatty ones, because fat contains a lot of calories. Remember you’re trying to restrict calories.
3. Bake And Roast Something, Rather Than Fry
Any cooking that involves oil typically increases the calorie count. Still, can’t always eat raw food now can we? So try baking or roasting to keep the count down. You can prepare your own meals so that you can control the situation better.
4. Drink A Lot Of Soups
A great way to enjoy a full meal. And they will also make you feel full.
5. Avoid Eating Carbohydrates Like Bread, Pasta or Rice
It’s not the end of the world, you can still get away with smaller portions. Get cut down on carbs in meals for two days and substitute with things proteins to feel full. And if need something sweet, try some fruits.
6. Drink Plenty Of Water
You can also drink black coffee or tea, just without any added sugar or milk. And definitely avoid artificial sweeteners as these will spike your insulin.
7. Skip A Meal
The simplest way is sometimes the best way to solve a problem. Why deal with the trouble of counting calories when you could just skip a meal and know you’ve taken in practically 0 calories.