This week I am using the yin-yang principle as a metaphor for two opposing "diet" methods that I have read about.
The outer circle represents "everything", while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called "yin" (black) and "yang" (white), which cause everything to happen. They are not completely black or white, just as things in life are not completely black or white, and they cannot exist without each other.
The two methods are:
1. The 80/20 rule as it pertains to starvation mode.
2. The fast diet aka the 5:2 diet.
The first method has you eating a low calorie diet for 5 days a week and then indulging in normal food intake for the other 2 days. The reasoning behind this method is that with a low calorie diet your body can go into starvation mode. Which means it starts to store fat because it thinks there may not be another meal coming to sustain it. By increasing food intake for 2 days, you trick the body into thinking things are fine, no need to store fat.
The second method has you eating normally for 5 days of the week and then fasting for the remaining 2 days. "Fasting" consists of a low calorie day...600 for men and 500 for women. Apparently this method helps you to lose weight (1 lb per week), boost your brain and transform your health (by lowering cholesterol & blood sugar levels).
BTW...the 2 days of either method do not have to be together, you can space them out during the week.
Please remember, I am no expert, so get your doctor's approval before attempting any diet, after all, the whole point is to boost your health, not damage it.
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
There are so many "diets" out there these days that it's hard to keep track of what truly does work and which ones aren't worth trying out.
1. Do you think either one of these methods will work?
2. Have you decided to try one out? If so, which one?
Personally, I have tried out the 80/20 method this year. Eating lower calories during the week and then eating more on the weekends. Sad to say, this hasn't helped me to lose any weight at all :(
So I will be taking this challenge along with you, I'll be trying out the fast diet. LOL...wish me luck!
NEXT WEEK'S BLOG: Green Tea
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I use the word DIET in my blog posts I am in no way suggesting that I have invented/discovered some miracle system to lose weight. Whenever I use the word DIET, I am simply substituting a single word to replace the longer phrase EATING HEALTHIER THAN IN THE PAST.