I thought that the sofa arm rest looked like a sandwich

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I like to think that, when I put myself through the various things that I get up to in life, I’m doing you, my dear readers, some kind of public service.

I may not be putting out fires or preventing crime on our streets, but I do go through a variety of hoops so you don’t have to.

This week’s been no different. I heard about the ‘5:2 diet’ made famous by Michael Mosley, a BBC medical journalist who trialled it as part of a BBC2 documentary and I was intrigued.

In a nutshell, the diet works like this – eat normally for five days a week and ‘fast’ for two days. By ‘fast’, I mean limit yourself to eating just 500 calories.

This is a hard feat and not one I initially thought I could do, but the results I was reading about were incredible.

People all over the world were trying this diet and benefiting from amazing weight loss and increased energy levels. They were feeling happier too.

How could that be, I asked myself? Happier when you’re eating the calorific intake of an insect? So I tried it…like the Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley and the rest.

Day one was rocky – having a cup of soup is not my idea of a tasty lunch. But I got through that day eating just 500 calories.

Admittedly I didn’t sleep with hunger pangs all night and woke up the next day in a foul mood, but hey.

Two days later, when it was second fast day of the week, I started worrying that I was losing my mind when I actually thought that the arm rest of my couch resembled a Subway sandwich.

I didn’t know food hallucinations existed, but now I can confirm that they do.

But this day turned out to be easier and with a bit of clever recipe planning I managed to eat a rather yummy veggie and ‘zero noodle’ stir fry (yes, zero noodles do exist and trust me when I say the elation you feel at such a discovery is overwhelming).

The following week I weighed myself and was delighted (in fact, cow-jumped-over-the-moon happy) with my three pounds weight loss.

I shall report next week whether this is a sustainable diet, or whether I’ve given up and dived into a box of chocolates.