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Anyone done or doing the 5:2 diet or other IF?

Friday, October 11, 2013

With all the talk of Ramadan and fasting I started digging and learned that there are benefits to calorie restriction and came across this interesting BBC special.

You can check out the video here on Dailymotion (58 min):

Curious what your experiences have been using 5:2 or other kinds of intermittent fasting. To me it seems less extreme than a traditional water fast, especially since those aren't advised if you have a strenuous or critical job, as you may become fatigued, lethargic, dizzy or possibly faint. Can't afford to fall asleep on the job so let me know how fasting has worked out for you.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LBP1961 10/20/2013 6:57PM

    I use to fast and do master cleanse and all of that philosophy. But I have come to the conclusion that they are quick fix for me anyway. I really believe that to succeed in attaining a healthy weight you have to relearn to eat well and acquire healthy habits. That means calorie restriction until you get to goal weight. Then you will have the good habits set for life. Good luck to you on anything you decide.

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MUSCLE-UP 10/18/2013 9:18PM

    At the end of Ramadan they celebrate with a big feast. That is pretty much what I would be looking forward to if I were to try Fasting.

Sorry I haven't been by in a while. Love your blogs.

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LOVESLIFE48 10/15/2013 6:30PM

    Sorry, I too can not fast. Good luck with whatever you decide!!

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SWEETNEEY 10/14/2013 11:30AM

    the closest I came to fasting (unless I was sick) was the cabbage diet about 4 - 5 years ago. I did not do well - lasted 2 - 3 days and I was like a eating machine after that. My brain was like freaking out. But i'll look at the video and read more about 5:2 cos I don't know anything about it.

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JOE14250 10/13/2013 5:26AM

    In my experience under- eating leads to over-eating, without significant benefit. .
Exercise I can do and sustain over time. It drives down BP, and Cholesterol levels for me.
I aim for high nutrient / calorie eating everyday. I am yet to achieve it. A work in progress! Interesting flick!

Exercise is the only medicine I take so far.

Comment edited on: 10/13/2013 6:45:25 AM

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GOING-STRONG 10/11/2013 10:20PM

    I haven't done it; however my sparkfriend "Meads Bay" speaks highly of it. You may want to check out her recent blogs.


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NANCYPAT1 10/11/2013 9:47PM

    I am not a faster or a dieter. Sorry I can't really help you with any personal experience.

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PASTAFARIAN 10/11/2013 9:37PM

    Very interesting video, thanks for posting. Unfortunately, it was sloppy with some of the science. (I presume this was the author's shortfall rather than the scientists interviewed.)

As an example, the scientist was quoted as saying fasting was better for the brain than daily caloric restriction; however, the author restated that as: fasting was good for the entire body. But nowhere did any of the scientists say that fasting was better than daily CR for physical health.

And over fast food burgers, the nutritionist said that most people on the alternating day diet say that most people only eat 110% on their feed days. I find that hard to believe! And the author couldn't even handle that diet! She didn't get any chance to weigh in on what percentage of people can stick with any of these diets.

It's also worth pointing out that the scientist preparing a breakfast of fruit was likely eating an extremely clean diet. But most of the focus of the presentation was simply on calories with little insight into where these calories were coming from. There was a brief discussion of protein but that was as detailed as it went.

There were also too many anecdotal stories and those were sloppy. For example, the 101-year old runner never said he fasted, did he? Maybe he does but that segment left me with the impression that he was simply on a limited calorie diet. But who knows - that's just one person - maybe it's a genetic issue.

As the scientist said, more studies need to be done. It's premature to conclude that daily CR, 2:1, or 5:2 is the right approach for anyone or everyone. The answers may differ for different people. (Or they may be the same - we just don't know yet.)

By all means, try it for awhile and let us know how it works for you. What diet are you following currently? I'm doing CRON. And there's a CRON sparkteam! This would make a great discussion there. (We don't have a lot of team members - this might liven things up!)

Thanks again for sharing this video!

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NEWCHINELO 10/11/2013 5:43PM

    not so good at fasting!

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CAROLJ35 10/11/2013 3:28PM

    For a period of time I was on Opti-Fast. Not successful as weight returned very quickly. Best weight loss for me in 60+ years of "dieting" has been a sensible food plan and tracking all food, keeping calories about 1200 - as SP recommends. This is first time I have ever kept weight off since I was 13 years old! And that's a long time ago!!!

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