Probably most people have heard about the 5:2 diet by now.
For those of you not in the loop, the 5:2 diet consists of two days a week of calorie restriction (500 calories for women and 600 for men), and the other five days of normal eating.
Not only can you lose around 2kg a month on the diet (about 1 pound a week), but there are other benefits such as improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity.
Although there are quite a lot of recipes and meal plans online for the 5:2 diet, most of them aren’t vegan. (But hey, we vegans are used to that, aren’t we?)
But never fear, I’ll be posting my 5:2 diet vegan recipes, complete with calorie count, and also my meal plans and photos to whet your appetite.
I tried the 5:2 diet last year, and generally had coffee with almond milk for breakfast, salad for lunch and a hearty bean and lentil soup for the main meal. Although I lost weight on the diet, I found it difficult as I was still really hungry by the end of the day, my mind filled with thoughts of pizza, burritos, crisps and chocolate.
This time, I’m doing it a bit differently. Because I find that I’m not really hungry most days until later on, I’ll be saving most of my calories for the evening meal. Breakfast will be an almond milk latte, lunch will be either soup or salad (if I’m feeling hungry) or another latte (if I’m not), and the evening meal will be salad and/or soup and a main dish.
I’ve found that making food with a little bit of fat and carbs really makes the food more satisfying and filling, so the recipes won’t be fat-free or carb-free (though you could modify them if you choose).
I also want the ability to swap recipes around on different days, so I’ve decided to make the soups and salads around 100 calories per serving, and the main meal around 250 calories. That leaves another 150 calories per day to play with, and I’ll be doing some nifty “foods for 100 calories” and “foods for 50 calories” lists, the likes of which you see bouncing around the internet… except, or course, mine will be all vegan.
I hope you find the info to come useful, and I’m looking forward to showing you how easy it is to do the 5:2 diet, vegan-style! 🙂