2 Meal Day Review: Your 2 Meal Day Intermittent Fasting Plan
Your 2 Meal Day is an Intermittent Fasting Plan created by online health coach Max Lowery
I recently tried out the Your 2 Meal Day Intermittent Fasting Fat Loss Plan created by 2 Meal Day founder, Max Lowery.
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Overview of Your 2 Meal Day
The plan’s central principle is the practise of Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent Fasting is a general term for various eating patterns that involve fasting (not eating) for short periods of time. Within the plan itself, there is a great deal of information on the Science behind Intermittent Fasting as well as why people should do it and useful tips for success.
2 Meal Day’s website blogs also contain a lot of valuable information on the subject – although it took a little bit of reading through to find what I was interested in. I found The Difference Between Intermittent Fasting and Calorie Restriction, Top 3 Intermittent Fasting Myths, and I Exercise in the Morning, Can I Do Intermittent Fasting? particularly useful!
Who it this plan for?
The strap line used on the 2 Meal Day website pretty much sums this one up – “Regardless of your lifestyle or fitness level, you can and will succeed with this plan.”
I have been following Max Lowery on Instagram for a long time now and have always been fascinated when reading his posts about Intermittent Fasting, particularly how inclusive it is to nearly everyone. The most common goal that a lot of fitness and diet plans focus on is weight loss, and this plan is no different.
But interestingly, most of the quotes go own to shout about many other benefits such as better relationships with food, looking and feeling healthier, and even improvements to skin conditions and illnesses. This all leads me to believe that the plan is not just for people wanting to lose weight, but for anyone that wants to make positive changes to their health and general lifestyle all round.
There are only a minority of people that this plan is not suitable for – according to 2 Meal Day’s website and social channels. The plan is only available for people ages 18 and over and much of 2 Meal Day’s content relating to Intermittent Fasting carries the following warning:
“Who shouldn’t fast – Pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with thyroid issues, anyone with adrenal fatigue, people with a history of eating disorders, diabetics should seek assistance from doctors, anyone with any underlying medical condition should always seek a Doctor before embarking on any shift in eating habit.”
F a s t i n g M Y T H S — This is one of a series of short videos that I will release where I will summarise the benefits, FAQs and myths associated with fasting. • Like, comment and share if you would like to see the rest! • WARNING – Who shouldn’t fast – Pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with thyroid issues, anyone with adrenal fatigue, people with a history of eating disorders, diabetics should seek assistance from doctors, anyone with any underlying medical condition should always seek a Doctor before embarking on any shift in eating habit. 📸 @bencrockerfilms #2mealday
What’s in the plan?
The plan, which is available as either the standard Your 2 Meal Day or the Your Vegetarian 2 Meal Day plan, comes with 80 tailored recipes, access to a video library of workout videos, a lot of information on the science and health benefits of Intermittent Fasting, and an unlimited-use email support channel – which certainly made use of!
After purchasing the plan, I asked to fill in a short questionnaire, nothing too taxing or laborious, just my personal information (height, weight, gender, and measurements) and some questions regarding my current diet and exercise schedule. From the information I provided, 2 Meal Day then created my plan and tailored the recipes to my own needs for macronutrients and calories… although they make a point of mentioning that counting calories is not required for success! Finally, a meal plan that I can follow without having to constantly breakdown my meals into numbers and calculations.
Like most people, I love food! It is always a concern for me when trying out a meal plan that I am going to be lumbered with a small handful of bland and tiny meals that leave me craving more food as soon as I finish eating. So naturally, as soon as I have got my plan, the first place I flicked to was the recipe section and my fears were instantly quietened!
The first thing of note, it just the sheer number of recipes – each of the 2 Phases of the plan contains 40 recipes (80 in total), and when combined with the fact that you are only having 2 meals per day instead of 3, this makes the choices each day even greater.
Over the last 60 days, I have worked my way through as many of the recipes in this plan as possible and I can honestly say, that they do not disappoint! Most of them were absolutely delicious and so simple to make. I did find on occasion that the portion sizes were slightly too much for me to eat at one time, but when this happened I just used the leftovers for another meal the following day.
My only criticism of the recipes section of the plan is in the way that it is laid out. In the plan’s documentation, the recipes are categorised into ‘Breakfast’, ‘Lunch’, and ‘Dinner’ but on the example weekly meal plan that is provided, some of the meals where not in line with the same meal category as they are when listed. This made me a little confused to start with so had to email the 2 Meal Day Support Team for the right answers. They informed me that although the meals are categories, this is just an example much like the example meal planner and that it is in fact, completely customisable – any meals in the plan can be used for any meal time. This was not the only time that I spoke with the Support Team during my plan, but more on that further down.
Like the recipes, the exercise section is split into 2 Phases. In Phase 1 (first 30 days), there are 5 different cardio workouts to choose from, each around 20-30 minutes long and led by Max Lowery. There are also daily mobility sequence videos for both morning and evening, which I thought were a real highlight of this section!
In the Phase 2 workouts (second 30 days), the exercise shifted to a more strength-based approach. Rather than following a 20-minute sequence of exercise like in Phase 1, here I was given a workout plan to follow and videos for how to do each individual exercise. This is where the exercise section of the plan, really starts to take shape, it gives you 4 workouts to follow per week with progressions and variations on a lot of the exercises to move on to as you get stronger – I was not able to do some of the harder variations by the end of my 60 day plan, but it has given me some strength goals to focus on for the future now that I have finished my 2 Meal Day plan.
The only thing I did not realise prior to starting the plan, is that having access to a gym or certain gym equipment is necessary if you want to do all of the exercises and variations in Phase 2. This was not an issue for me as I have a gym membership with a gym that has the equipment required, but I imagine that might not be the case for everyone. The equipment you would need access to would be dumbbells, kettlebells, a squat rack, and something to use for pull-ups and/or dips.
When I try something new for the first time, I always like to make sure that I can speak to someone with experience – usually because I want to make sure that I am doing it the right way. When it came to following this plan, particularly trying Intermittent Fasting for the first time, I was very keen to make sure I could ask for and receive help whenever I needed it.
The 2 Meal Day website boasts that plan holders receive unlimited email support, so I decided I would put this to the test. I mentioned earlier that I spoke to the 2 Meal Day Support Team on several occasions during my plan. Each time I asked a question, I had a reply back within a few days (the longest waiting time was 3 days and that was over a weekend!), and the information I was given was extremely helpful and clearly written just for me – I hate receiving replies that just contain copied text or links to find information out for myself. Thankfully, that was not the case with 2 Meal Day.
On each occasion that I spoke with the Support Team, they signed off the conversation by encouraging me to use the support feature as much as I would like, not just during the plan but in the future as well. As I have continued following an intermittent fasting lifestyle since completing 2 Meal Day, I have certainly made use of this offer and as yet, they have never disappointed me!
I would be lying if I said that it was wasn’t a daunting prospect to be trying out a meal plan with a name that in itself encourages you to eat 1 less meal than I have done for as long as I can remember – 2 Meal Day. The message of intermittent fasting goes against everything I thought I was supposed to do when it came to my meal times.
But I was intrigued by all the positive things I had heard and seen, so I took the leap, gave 2 Meal Day a go and what I discovered amazed me… I found myself with far more energy each day, I was enjoying meal times more than I ever have before, I was not constantly feeling the need to snack during the day, and over all I felt great!
Sure, it took me a couple of days to get used to not having breakfast and I felt a little hungry and tired during those days, but I stuck with it and before I knew it, I felt on top of the world! So much so, that since completing the plan, I have continued to do Intermittent Fasting and have no intention of stopping!
The Your 2 Meal Day Intermittent Fasting Fat Loss Plan is a great way to introduce yourself to Intermittent Fasting. The recipes are delicious and do not require a great deal of culinary skill to make and the workouts will help you improve your overall fitness and shed the extra pounds.
The plan documentation is a little confusion at times in the way it is laid out and the need for access to a gym could limits some people’s development with the plan, but all I all this plan is well worth the bargain price of £49 and I would highly recommend it! You even get your own certificate when you finish the plan too.
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