When I set a goal of doing the Fasting Mimicking Diet once a month for a year as part of my biohacking journey, I have to admit that I was a little over-enthusiastic, and it has been a lot harder than I thought it would be.
This month, I tried three times to only stick to eating 800 calories a day for five continuous days, as the diet suggest. Every time I tried, I would give in and eat more on day three or four.
What made this time harder, I believe, was the fact that my husband and biohacking buddy was not home for almost the entire month. When he is gone, and he goes away for work a few times in a year, my willpower drops by at least 50%.
This month, I have tried negotiating with myself more times than in the last year, or so it felt. I have said to myself “I will start again tomorrow” so many times this month that it actually makes me cringe.
I can feel bad about it, but then I realized that I ended up eating 800 calories a day for twelve days in the month. By failing, I ended up doing the diet for twice as long if you think about it. Now, who can feel bad about trying? Some biohacking strategies are just harder to do than others.
Even though I did not stick to it in the way I wanted, I still managed to do something that I think is rather impressive. Each week, I did the Fasting Mimicking Diet for at least two days, and then realized that I ended up doing the 5:2 diet without even thinking about it. I always wanted to try it as one of my biohacking diet experiment, and now I can say that I have done it for a month.
The 5:2 diet is a diet where you restrict your calories for two days a week to between 500 and 800 calories, which is what I ended up doing. I actually preferred this to the Fasting Mimicking Diet, as it really starts to become difficult around three days.
But, the only thing with the 5:2 diet is that you end up having to restrict your calories that much for a few days every week, instead of getting it over with in five days like with the Fasting Mimicking Diet.
What I Ate While Doing The Fasting Mimicking Diet as a Biohacking Enthusiast
I love experimenting with my biohacking diet, and even though I could only eat 800 calories a day, I am still someone who wants to eat a lot during a meal. After my first few failed attempts, I went back to the drawing board.
I dusted off my pressure cooker and opted for soups and stews. If you use enough water, it will help you feel full.
When making stews and soup, I also added a lot of vegetables, such as carrots, leeks, onions, butternut, etc. They add a lot of fibre and bulk up your food, so you can eat more food, but without a lot of calories.
I used game meat, from an Impala, as my protein of choice, as it is quite lean and low in calories (my fat came in the form of dessert).
Spices, such as chilli, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne pepper were also added, as you obviously want food that still tastes good, but also because spicy food has a thermogenic effect. This means that your body temperature rises and you burn more calories at rest (one of my favourite biohacking facts).
My favourite addition to the Fasting Mimicking Diet menu was Shirataki noodles. They have a high water content. In fact, these noodles are roughly 97% water and contain zero calories.
I bought ones that look like pearls, and they were really fun to eat. If you can get your hands on these, I highly recommend that you try them. Even if you are not trying to restrict your calories, they bulk up your food, so if you want to feel like you are still eating a lot, you might love these.
My desserts of choice were oranges (the vitamin C helps you make more collagen) and dark chocolate with decaf coffee.
I will still try to stick to the Fasting Mimicking Diet for five continuous days next month, but this month, I did not manage to do so.
Oh well. You cannot write superhuman without human, and I am only human after all.