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Experience with 5:2, week 3

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I would just like to summarize my experience with the 5:2 diet so far.

The diet is supposed to bring many health benefits, weight loss and maintenance being just one part. This part is however important for me, so I chose to give it a go. I expected to get a better grip of portion sizes (by seeing how small portion can actually be enough) and to practically learn that occasional hunger does not present any danger. Furthermore I though that such system may somewhat simplify my food preparation routines.
Well, so far the journey has been quite surprising.

The biggest surprise is that it is actually very easy to stick to 500 kcal. When I choose my fast-day meals wisely, meaning lean foods with high protein content, and I use some extra fibers (such as psyllium husk), I don't even notice I ate only 500 kcal.

Another surprise is that I don't feel any urge to overeat on the non-fasting days. I may actually be eating even less calories those days than I ate on average before I started with 5:2. It really makes me understand that "the food is going nowhere" and that there is therefore no need to eat everything now. That is very good.

The weight loss came as a surprise too. So far (2.5 weeks) I lost 2.5 kg. The largest drop occurred during the first week, I suspect I was retaining some awful amounts of water.

I got also surprised by the elevated energy levels with my energy being extra high on the fasting days. This is described in literature, but who believes that without trying, right? :) I find it easy to both train and to concentrate on fasting days.
So far so good...... as long as the high energy occurs during the active part of the day, it makes the fasting day quite a pleasant experience which I am actually looking forward too.

However, and here we are getting into the less pleasant part, the elevated energy levels can disturb the sleep. Again, a known, described effect, which however caught me unprepared during the very first week. After my first fast day, I did actually not fall asleep at all emoticon The second fast day was ok, the third I had again some hard time to fall asleep, but finally I managed. Fasting days 4 and 5 were completely fine.

Last but not least, the day after my first fasting day I experienced quite a proper diarrhea. This has not repeated itself after any other fasting days.

Altogether, 5:2 emoticon !

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    Thank you!
Right, 5:2 should probably not be used in the vicinity of an eating disorder or even where there is risk of it.
Let me wish your child soon and complete recovery!

As far as my case goes, I am aiming at high sport performance. For that I want to stay around the lowest but still-ok BMI, because that's where I function the best. Going much lower would suck. May be not for the immediate performance but likely for the long-term health and also yeah... for clothes shopping! emoticon I mean srsly, children clothes look like crap on women and I am not willing to fly around fashion districts just to get some micro-sized dresses! emoticon

Let's see if sport-medicine professionals agree on the approach, I will have my consultation and a performance test soon.

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MJREIMERS 2/5/2014 1:48PM

    I've never heard of the 5:2 diet. I don't think I could do it and with my oldest being in recovery for an eating disorder, probably not wise if she's home from school. Just be careful. It sounds like it could easily lead to other "issues."

I'm glad that it leaves you feeling good.

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New year, new weight goal

Sunday, January 05, 2014

This year I plant to participate in a major sport event, which takes place at the end of summer.
Knowing, that I reach my best sports performance around 50-51 kg, this will be my weight goal for this year. I intend to reach the weight goal during the last phase of my preparation, rather than do it gradually. I would however like to start to monitor my eating already now to avoid a weight gain.

The last couple of months I have been training according to my plan and eating rather freely, which resulted in some small weight gain with respect to the lowest weight I reached earlier in the autumn. It takes some time to get used to the hard training regime and the appetite that comes with it.

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    Thank you MEDDYPEDDY, I am sure you could, it is a matter of motivation and also as you say, to be on the right spot in life.

The last couple of years my training was not really focused for various reasons one of them being a transition between a long-term but temporary and a permanent job. Such thing (and similar) can draw way too much attention and energy, leaving relatively little for serious sports commitments. My main goal during that time was to reach and maintain some decent weight and body composition for which I used various training forms.

This year is different, I finally do have things sorted out and with that I have a chance to focus on a concrete sport goal. The unique motivation furthermore is that 2014 is the very last year before my age sends me to the veteran category. Sort of "the last chance", the good time to do it :)

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/8/2014 3:26AM

    You are certainly in a totally different place in life than me, I have to admit that I envy you - I donīt think I really could submit to a hard training regime... good luck!

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    Thank you guys! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 1/5/2014 4:33PM

  Thanks for sharing

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At the goal and around

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

So I reached my goal weight, 52.5 kg. YEEEEEES! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now comes the maintenance. It will be simplified by my winter training plans (assuming they become true) and challenged by the restaurant at work :)

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    Thank you! :)

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VASEASHELL 10/15/2013 7:48AM

    BRAVO!!! emoticon

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Weight gain/lack of weight loss

Friday, August 16, 2013

Since my last weighing 10 days ago, my weight has increased by 0.5 kg. Considering the fact that I did not gain all that much weight even during months when I was not monitoring my calorie intake, I don't think it is actually fat creeping on me. I am not overtaken by panic but I am not very glad either. I would certainly prefer to see a weight loss.

I would like to say that from now on, my focus will be on a super accurate, borderline anal food tracking and perhaps lowering the top of the calorie range. However there are some major life changes coming up soon, so at first, there may be some chaos.


My plateau

Friday, August 09, 2013

I guess an optimist would call my last half year's plateau for a "slightly premature, however rather efficient maintenance" :)

My goal weight is 52 kg and since about January, I have been stacked at 54-56 kg. The first three months I was logging my calories daily and for seven weeks I also kept an activity log. I dislike the activity logging, by the way. Knowing that 80% of the weight loss is anyway realized in the kitchen, I found the detail logs I used to produce back then pretty much a waste of time. Needless to say that the burned kcal estimates are so rough that the expression "wild guesses" characterizes them better.

Logging or not, the results were not coming and I was getting more and more obsessed and frustrated. At some point I decided to stop the logging and food restrictions all together, because my obsession was getting a bit ugly. My body was clearly refusing any further weight loss, so I gave it a break.

Now, four months later I would like to resume the weight loss, staring from 55 kg and the four-week SP plateau combat plan.

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SKIERCR 8/9/2013 5:07PM

    It helped me a lot helped me see where I needed to change things up.

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