I was recently sent some packet meals and shakes from Saints and Slimmers to use as part of the 5:2 diet.
As a lot of you will know, I’ve been doing Slimming World for a year and a half and for the last 6 months my weight loss has slowed dramatically.
I thought I’d try the 5:2 diet out of curiosity really. I wanted to see what it was all about and whether it was something I’d be able to stick to easily the way I did with Slimming World in the beginning.
I was quite surprised at how easy the fast days were. I didn’t feel hungry between meals and all the food, apart from the porridge (I can’t stand porridge but the husband, who does like porridge, says it tasted like regular porridge) was really nice. The vanilla milkshake left a bit of an after taste but the strawberry one was lovely.
I really enjoyed both the chili meals and even though the portion sizes are childlike, I felt full after eating.
I have to be honest here and say that for the previous five days, I hadn’t stuck to the recommended 2000 calories a day (or Slimming World food optimising either) as we’ve been super busy decorating our new house and we’ve just grabbed whatever we can to keep our energy up so I was expecting a huge gain when I went to Slimming World on Wednesday morning.
I was delighted to find that I’d lost 4lb from the previous week 🙂 If I hadn’t done the two fast days, I would have gained around 5lb at my weigh in after all the takeaways, biscuits with coffee, crisps and everything else snack wise that I ate!
It’s been another bad week for snacking again since we’re still decorating and our meal times are all messed so I tried doing the two fast days again this week and according to my scales this morning, I’ve lost another 2lb from last Wednesday’s weigh in. On Monday I had weighed a huge gain which I’m not going to share because it’s quite embarrassing how much I put on in one week, when it wasn’t even Christmas!
Suffice to say that if I hadn’t done the fast days, I’d be dreading this morning’s weigh in!
Disclaimer: I was sent the meals to review, my opinion of the meals and my 4lb weight loss is totally true! 😀