My daughter lives in London, and when I went to visit, I noticed that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Seriously, if terrorists wanted to target Americans over there, all they have to do is look for fat people wearing shorts and tank tops to pick off. I saw very few people walking the streets of London obese or even overweight. The 5:2 fast diet was created by a British doctor is very popular there but it fits into their lifestyle. There is no such thing as "grazing" over there i.e eating "small" meals 5-7 times a day--who are we kidding eating all day long like cows in a pasture! They eat a piece of toast in the morning, a salad or small sandwich at lunch. Dinner is their main meal, but the portions are so much smaller it's absurd, even in the restaurants. I am trying the 5:2 method of eating and the fast days aren't that bad. I have resolved not to overeat on my 5 on days either. Maybe now I will see some results.
4/11/13 2:04 P
Oh Boy! Forgot that years ago I did a fast diet...like most here have tried them all. I did loose alot of weight and I was waaaaaaaaaay younger then ... but I didn't keep up with exercising when younger and am now paying for not exercising.. with a slow metabloism from all the yo yo dieting. I feel it is your choice on which diet plan you wish to follow... What ever it takes for you...good luck ... and stay healthy. after all we are here to support each other
4/11/13 12:18 P
I really thought the tv program on PBS "Eat, Fast and Live Longer” was fascinating. I absolutely am interested in the health benefits of this diet. Maybe after I go on my cruise.....
4/11/13 9:56 A
I have been following this plan for three weeks now, and I have to say that it is much easier than I thought it would be. Even on my days that I don't have to count calories, I find that I don't overeat, because I have no desire to. I don't wake up ravenous from hunger after a fast day. I actually feel pretty good. It's like my hunger is starting to reset itself, and I have found that I'm not going to die from hunger if I'm not full of food all the time. Our society is programmed that the second your stomach growls, you need to fill it with food. I know that that were times that the second I felt my stomach starting to growl, I would eat for "fear" of being hungry. Now I wait it out and drink lots of water and keep busy. It passes, and it doesn't kill me. You would be amazed at how much food you can eat at 500 calories. You just have to know what to eat. I usually have salmon, veggies, and salads. Sometimes I will spread out the meals into two, but sometimes I do it in one meal. On my off days, I still eat healthy, but I don't count my calories. I even work out on my fast days, and I'm not picking myself off the floor due to lack of energy. I find that I make smarter choices on my off days, because I just feel so good and don't want to weigh myself down with junk food. And keep in mind that it's only for one day. If you want a cookie, remember you can always have it tomorrow. Just a point of view from someone that has been on it.
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15,886 4/10/13 12:02 A
I've never heard of it.
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4,787 4/9/13 11:58 P
Actually, the 5:2 diet is not primarily designed for weight loss -- though that could be an effect if the person doesn't over-eat on the 5 days. It's an "anti-aging" plan. The researchers are studying the effects of severe calorie restriction on certain homones and enzymes involved in the diseases mostly commonly assiciated with aging and death, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes, etc. Even people who are already thin sometimes choose to dramatically reduce calories (either every day or intermittently) to slow down the aging process. More research is needed, but there are some interesting results.
I've seen articles and TV shows on this topic for years ... and I watched the recent PBS show on it ... and I am seriously considering it. It would help me manage my Type II diabetes by keeping my carb cravings down because I have done semi-fasts before to get me back on track when I wander off my lower-carb lifestyle and the carb cravings start returning. So I know I COULD do it. The question is, do I really want to?
I am considering it, but not sure I am going to commit to it.
4/9/13 9:50 P
This must be diet number 43,567 on the list of diets people have tried over the years, make sure to write down each one you go on over the years until you enter assisted living, I'm serious about that. It's a long journey, friends, and some day, you will wonder that the results are not as substantial as promised.
4/9/13 9:42 P
I don't use this method of eating, but I do intermittent fasting. I eat all of my daily calories within a 6-8 hour window (depending on the day.) I don't eat until about 2:00 in the afternoon, and then all of my meals are consumed afterwards. Some people do an 8/16 split, some do 6/18, and some even do 4/20.
You'll find a million articles debating back and forth why fasting works, doesn't work, blah blah blah. You just have to do what works for YOU. :)
I think this sounds interesting. I do notice when I am doing well on my healthy eating I naturally have days higher and lower in calorie count. There are some days I'm pushing myself to eat to get in the calorie range and others I'm trying not to go over. 5:2 sounds like it could be worked into that pattern and something I could live with long term.
Also, I've learned to look at my calorie count from a weekly perspective rather than a daily which has kept me from beating myself up when I go off track.
Thanks for starting this thread.
4/9/13 3:59 P
Actually just this week I watched a documentary on the impact of fasting on the human body entitled "Eat, Fast and Live Longer,” an episode of the BBC science program Horizon that aired this week on my local PBS channel. The host Michael Mosley, tried several types of fasts until ending up with the “5:2 diet”: He ate normally five days a week, consumed 600 calories or fewer on the remaining two—and lost 14 pounds in six weeks. Even better he slashed his glucose, bad cholesterol and it may very well assist with brain health and cancer prevention.
More importantly he went into a lot of detail with some pretty impressive doctors on college campuses about the incredible positive impact that fasting has not just upon weight but upon increasing longevity and quality of life. It was a fascinating show with lots of medical research. I am interested in learning more (but after I take my upcoming cruise vacation first!!)
Here is a link about the tv program: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/apr/02/eat-f ast-and-live-longer-michael-mosley/
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7,220 4/9/13 3:28 P
Haven't tried it, but have tried other things to kickstart my weightloss - all which worked for while I did them, but was unable to maintain any of them for a lifetime! Back to good old changing my eating habits, watching my portions and eating fresh, non-processed foods.
4/9/13 3:25 P
Trial and error, see if it works for you. I don't think it's a long term solution. I KNOW that I wouldn't last a day.....if I even went between lunch and dinner without a snack I would pig out at dinner from being so ravenous. Eating smaller amounts of food every few hours is what works for me. If this works for you, bravo.
Agree with others. It wouldn't be good for diabetic blood sugar control, as it would promote too many ups and downs. I always feel better the next day when I consume fewer calories, but I also tend to gorge more after low-calorie days.
4/9/13 9:40 A
I agree with Sherylds
I cannot see how I could regulate my consumption (or my blood sugars) by trying such an unbalanced plan.
However, if you try it and it works for you, go ahead. It just sounds unhealthy, to me.
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4/9/13 9:34 A
I have been curious about this one also. I keep running into articles. I don't know if this would work for me but it may be worth a try. Good Luck.
THE FAST DIET ..."That’s five days of normal eating, with little thought to calorie control and a slice of pie for pudding if that’s what you want. Then, on the other two (non-consecutive) days, you just eat a quarter of your recommended daily calorie quota. That works out at 500 calories for women and 600 for men. "
Personally the damage I could do eating anything I wanted for 5 days and just dieting for 2 would send the scale soaring upwards. Even when I've tried to be prudent 5 days with weekends off...my weekends turned out to be too much. The only way this would work for me would be WATCHING what I ate 5 days...and then doing only veggies for 2
I personally wouldn't do it, but I know some athletes who follow similar diets and do extremely well.
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34 4/9/13 6:41 A
Although I haven't read it, and have no plans at this time to follow it, I do think based on my own experience that the idea of eating very little on some days and more on others has merit. Personally, for me, a modified fast day or two every now and then 'tunes up" my taste buds and makes me appreciate clean foods like fruit and vegetables more.
I'd like to precede this post by saying that if you think this diet is a fad, stupid, or ill advised, that's fine. I suppose if it is any of the above, I'll find out in due time.
I'm curious if anyone else is doing the fast diet as described in the BBC Horizon episode or the Fast Diet book. I've decided to try it. After doing a search for a SparkTeam specifically targeting this diet and coming up empty, I started a one myself. I'm interested in finding others who are also trying this diet or other intermittent fasting diets to join the team.
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