5 things that surprised people when they started intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting can sound quite daunting when we live in a society where food is almost always on hand and snacking throughout the day has become the norm. The idea of going without food for longer than usual and experiencing genuine hunger is a very real fear among new fasters – but one that we …

5 high protein fast day dinners under 500 calories

Credit: A Teaspoon of Bliss Taco Salad Bowls 500 calories per serving A colourful bowl full of Mexican spiced goodness. Get the full recipe       Credit: Two Peas & Their Pod Slow Cooker Turkey Chili 498 calories per serving A hearty slow-cooker recipe which makes plenty of portions. Get the full recipe   …

12 week expert-coached Fasting Program

Intermittent fasting is often called 5:2 fasting. It has become very popular in the past few years. You drastically reduce your food intake for 2 days each week (500 calories for women; 600 for men). On the other 5 days each week you eat normally. Many people use fasting to lose weight. It is also …

Going away? Read our top tips for fasting on holiday!

We touched on this issue in the last FastDay Buzz article about fasting as a parent, but with the summer holidays drawing ever closer it seems a good time to delve a little deeper! So, you’re going on holiday and you’re an intermittent faster… what do you do? How should I decide what to do? …

Got kids? Read our top tips for fasters with children!

Why fasting isn’t suitable for children Although fasting can benefit all sorts of different people both for purposes of weight loss and improving general health, it is not recommended for children. This is because fasting reduces our level of a growth hormone known as IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1). As adults we don’t need so …

If you’ve ever had a negative thought about yourself, it’s time to stop and think

Are you ever unkind to yourself? We’re often our own worst critics, telling ourselves off and belittling ourselves for the slightest mistakes or perceived imperfections. Have you ever stopped to think what it would sound like if you made such remarks to someone other than yourself? It would be unacceptably shocking behaviour. If you wouldn’t …

You’ll never see cauliflower the same way again…

If you’ve read our article about smart food swaps to save calories you’ll already know at least one new way of enjoying the humble cauliflower as a filling, tasty and healthy side dish, but I’m sure at least a few of the below ideas will be new to you. By the time you finish reading, …

10 tips for festive fasting

It’s the season to “eat, drink and be merry” as many call it, but if you’ve been losing weight you probably don’t want to undo all that hard work. Did you know the average Briton gains around 6lb over the holiday season? And that’s just an average, which means that some will not gain so …

15 holiday gift ideas for fasters

With less than a month to go until Christmas if you need a gift for a fasting friend or haven’t written your own Christmas list yet, I hope the ideas below are helpful. From health & fitness gadgets to kitchen helpers and stocking fillers, there’s something to suit most budgets here.  If you’ve got more …

4 easy ways to count the calories in your 5:2 diet fast day meals

4 easy ways to count the calories in your meals

These days most pre-packaged foods come with nutritional information printed on the packaging for your convenience – even if sometimes it can be a bit difficult to understand and lead to fasters making the mistake of miscounting their calories! But what can you do if you’re using fresh ingredients to cook from scratch? How can …

5 low calorie savoury snacks for your fast days

Snacking on a fasting day may not be for everyone, but if you really need to nibble on something to get you through a more challenging fast, why not consider one of these easy, low calorie savoury treats? #1 Air-popped popcorn This is one you can make at home or buy in a packet but either …

11 motivational thoughts for when you hit a bump in the road

In all my years of yo-yo dieting – before I discovered the joy of intermittent fasting – I found myself falling off the wagon every time I had a ‘blip’. Fasting is so much more forgiving than traditional diets, because it’s only one day at a time. One bad day doesn’t have to make it feel like a total, …