Dave Wentworth, a self-improvement blogger, says he lost 50 pounds through intermittent 5:2 fasting- eating normally for five days, then fasting for two full days. Look up more scientific information on the diet before deciding to implement it.
Intermittent 5:2 Fasting
According to the self-improvement blogger, Dave Wentworth, he lost 50 pounds through 5:2 intermittent fasting. Wentworth works as a mechanical engineer in Michigan. There was a weight-loss competition at his job back in 2011, when he decided to try the 5:2 fasting diet.
“In simple terms, it’s eating as normally as you can for five days of the week and then on two days — for two 24-hour periods — you don’t eat,” Wentworth told NBC News. He says that this method, when done moderately can be effective and safe.
He explained that he didn’t starve himself for two days. For the two fasting days, he only had one meal. For example, on his fasting days, he could skip breakfast, lunch and only have dinner instead.
"It's a simple way to get basically a 20 percent reduction in total calories overall," he said.
Fasting & Non-Fasting Days
Wentworth laid out his diets on his fasting and his non-fasting days. On his non-fasting days, he ate foods equivalent to the normal caloric intake. For example: For breakfast, a protein shake, for lunch, chicken stir fry, and dinner, meat with vegetables.
"Kind of the standard grain, protein and a veggie kind of setup," Wentworth said.
He said that you could still eat unhealthy foods, just making it a point not to overdo it.
On fasting days, he skipped both breakfast and lunch. He said that for dinner, he was careful about gorging himself. He particularly focused on vegetables and foods rich in fibre.
"I … knew that if I ate more veggies and whole grains that I could eat a lot more volume, which also helps," he said. "If I had like buffalo wild wings or something — fast food of some sort — then it's like there's only a little bit of food for the same amount of calories."
"You can eat a salad that weighs five pounds, but it's only 1,000 calories," he said. "You can eat a ton of food and get a ton of nutrition and feel stuffed, but not have gone outside your calorie budget."