It’s my third ‘fastiversary’ this weekend – that’s three years since I started intermittent fasting, with no real idea if I was doing it right, or if this radical approach was going to succeed where decades of traditional diets had failed. It was an act of faith and also of desperation: I was so fed up of the dieting yo-yo, of having different sets of clothes for ‘fat’ days, and of worrying about the health results of being overweight.
Within four months I’d reached my goal of a healthy BMI, and two months later, was a UK size 10-12. Better still, I knew this was something I could – and wanted – to stick with for life. Shortly after that I set up a Facebook group to share my attempt with a few friends – three years on, we have over 43,000 members worldwide. And I went onto share what I learned in four 5:2 themed books!
And here I am, 3 years later, still a healthy weight, still a 10-12 and still passionate about how the strategy of fasting can transform our bodies and our attitudes. So, as part of my Fastiversary ‘fastfest’ celebrations, I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned from 3 years of fasting: I hope you’ll find them helpful too: do feel free to share them wherever you like!