Coping Skill – Wishful Shrinking Part Two – Intermittent Fasting

The key to successful dieting is finding a plan that you can stick to
– Michael Mosley



Today’s thinking on losing weight has shifted focus from what you eat to when you eat.

By focussing on when, you can use sleep to help you.

The 12:12 Diet rule involves restricting food intake for 12 hours in a day and allowing yourself to eat normally for the next 12 hours. The diet aims to help people lose weight and improve health by reducing the number of hours in a day that the body is exposed to food. The article highlights the potential benefits of the 12:12 Diet rule and suggests that it is a relatively simple and easy-to-follow approach to weight loss.

The 5:2 fasting method is a popular approach to intermittent fasting. The idea behind it is to limit caloric intake for two days out of the week and eat normally for the other five days. On the two fasting days, women are advised to consume 500 calories and men are advised to consume 600 calories. This can be achieved through a variety of meal options, such as a small breakfast and lunch, or just one substantial meal.

It’s important to note that the 5:2 fasting method is not for everyone. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions, should consult with a doctor before trying this approach. Additionally, some people may find it difficult to stick to the low calorie days and may experience hunger or mood swings.

Always check with your medical practitioner on whatever the correct form of weight control is right for you.


The Benefits Beyond Weight Loss:

  1. Improved Heart Health: A nutritious diet can lower the risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammation.
  2. Enhanced Brain Function: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats can support cognitive function, memory, and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
  3. Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases: A balanced diet can help prevent or manage chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders.
  4. Boosted Immune System: Proper nutrition provides essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support a robust immune system, helping to fight off infections and illnesses.
  5. Increased Energy Levels: A nutritious diet fuels the body with the necessary nutrients, leading to improved energy levels, enhanced productivity, and reduced fatigue.
  6. Enhanced Digestive Health: Consuming fiber-rich foods promotes a healthy digestive system, prevents constipation, and reduces the risk of gastrointestinal disorders.
  7. Stronger Bones and Teeth: Adequate intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients supports bone health and helps prevent conditions like osteoporosis and dental issues.
  8. Improved Mood and Mental Well-being: A healthy diet contributes to the production of neurotransmitters and can positively impact mental health, reducing the risk of depression and anxiety.
  9. Better Sleep Quality: Proper nutrition can regulate sleep patterns and promote restful sleep, leading to improved overall well-being.
  10. Longevity and Aging: A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to a longer and healthier life by reducing the risk of age-related ailments and promoting vitality.


Next Steps:

  • Choose a 12-hour window that suits your schedule, such as 7 am to 7 pm or 8 pm to 8 am.
  • During the 12-hour eating window, consume balanced and nutritious meals that meet your daily caloric needs.
  • Or for the 5:2 Method
  • Choose the two non-consecutive days for calorie restriction, such as Monday and Thursday.
  • On these days, limit your calorie intake to 500-600 calories for women or 600-800 calories for men.
  • On the remaining five days, eat a balanced and healthy diet, avoiding excessive indulgence.
  • For both approaches:-
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water, herbal tea, or unsweetened beverages.
  • Outside the eating window, only consume calorie-free fluids like water or black coffee.
  • Gradually adjust your meal times to align with the chosen window, allowing your body to adapt.
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule to support the fasting period. Let sleep do the heavy lifting.
  • Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues during the eating window, focusing on mindful eating.
  • Monitor your progress and adjust the timing or window length if necessary.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional if you have any specific health conditions or concerns.
  • Stay consistent and be patient, allowing your body to adapt to the new eating pattern over time.
  • Focus on nutrient-dense foods like lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grains to maximize satiety.
  • Incorporate regular exercise into your routine to support weight management and overall health.
  • Plan your meals and snacks in advance to ensure you meet your calorie goals.
  • Monitor your progress, including weight and measurements, to track your results.
  • Be flexible and adjust the diet according to your personal needs and preferences.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns before starting the diet.






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