Surviving 500 Calorie Days: Removing Temptation

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If you’ve experimented with intermittent fasting as a weight loss or maintenance technique, perhaps something like the 5 2 diet, you’ll be well aware of how difficult it can be getting through the “fast” days. Limiting your calorie intake to 500 calories a day is certainly not easy. You’ll be forgiven if you found this page while frantically searching for hints and tips for the 5 2 diet, and hopefully you’ll leave feeling a little bit better! We’ve spoken previously about things you can do to help get through those difficult days, but in this post we’ll focus specifically on… Continue reading

Doing More With Less Time to Exercise

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This is a guest post from Josh Anderson, founder and Editor of DIY Active. In this article Josh talks about the disastrous impact a lack of exercise can have on your health, and encourages readers to make the most of even small blocks of time to get some exercise in. We’ve spoken about the importance of finding and creating time for exercise before, and here Josh calls out a specific exercise routine that you can do in just 20 minutes…. If you are like many of us, you have less and less free time… From work obligations to barely having… Continue reading

Walking to lose weight – A Journey of a Thousand miles

You might have lost weight in the past using different diets, but you weren’t able to sustain it over the long term? Or perhaps you’re looking for a healthy way to lose weight naturally and you’re asking yourself “will walking really help me to lose weight?” In this article i’ll cover some of the many reasons that simply walking more is a great way to lose weight, and will hopefully inspire you to think about how you can incorporate walking into your everyday life. In short, while the calories you burn on any individual short walk may be relatively low,… Continue reading

Finding the Time for Exercise

People say that they don’t have time to exercise, but actually this as a really poor excuse. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll usually find that they don’t want to find the time. Making time is all about prioritizing the various things that are going on in your life, and recognizing which things are really important. Without question, your health and well being is one of the most important things. And the great thing about exercise is that is it has so many knock on effects that you’ll notice in your personal live that actually CREATE time. If you… Continue reading

Using “Cheat Days” to Your Advantage

It is worth talking specifically about “Cheat days”, because as counter-intuitive as it may sound, they are actually a really important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Most material relating to the 500 Calorie diet (such as 5.2 etc.) doesn’t spend too much time discussing cheat days, as the idea is that you can eat (within reason) whatever you like on the non-fast days. This is one of the key elements that have allowed so many people to successfully lose weight using intermittent fasting style diets. Remember, the key to achieving your weight loss and lifestyle goals is to find… Continue reading

Building a Lifestyle Routine

Getting into a routine is one of the best things you can do to improve your fitness. Whether you’re following a specific 500 calorie diet or not, sticking to a plan will allow you to build a habit over time. And once you’ve built a habit it becomes automatic. This is where you get into the realms of life long changes. Living a healthy lifestyle no longer becomes something that you aspire to, or even that you really think about. It just happens by default. My experience with health tracking…. I used to track my weight every day. This was incredibly useful when… Continue reading

500 Calorie Fitness Mindset

If you don’t have the right mindset, nothing else matters. At 500 calorie fitness we’ve tried to make things as simple as possible, laying out exactly what you need to do to lose weight in 500 calorie chunks. Are you eating the right foods? Are you doing the right amount of exercise? BUT… one of the most important things you need to do, is get your mindset right. Too many people start a diet or exercise plan, then give up part way through. They’ve tried all the fad diets but can’t seem to shift the weight. Maybe they’re lazy or… Continue reading