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All I know is what I read here.

It seems that fasting is a word that might be better understood if it were exchanged for reduced. Sounds like the food on those reduced days are pretty clean and healthy.

I read about a yoga instructor who fasted for twenty four hours a week, but started after lunch on one of the days and then overnight until after breakfast the next day.

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Good guidelines that offer a healthy way of eating.

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12/31/15 3:07 A

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It is so not a fad. It is much more like our ancestors used to eat. Very healthy.

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Cath2907, congrats on your success. Well done! emoticon



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I started my diet with 5:2. I found that combined with improving my choices on the "feast" days allowed me to lose a pretty large amount of weight in a fairly short time. I really needed the kick-start of a 1kg loss a week for the first month. It also really made me focus on portion control on the fast days and to get used to and to accept a feeling of hunger. I couldn't remember the last time I felt hungry - I just ate all the time.

I moved away from 5:2 slowly as I got better at meal planning and portion sizing on feast days and slowed my weight loss to 0.5kg a week. 6 months on and I am trying for maintenance at my original goal weight and am still using a couple of "lighter eating" days to combat the weekend.



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It's my understanding that when you get to your goal weight, you just fast one day a week.

Fasting or having light eating days have many health benefits besides weight loss.

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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Question: what happens when you go off of it?

We all get 24 hours a day. How we use them is up to us.


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I've been doing 5:2 for the last two months and want to do it indefinitely. It works for me even though I don't do it perfectly. I average 1500 calorie days 5 days a week and I average 700 calories on my low-calorie days. ( supposed to be 500 calories but I always go over ).

I'm not sure why it's called fasting because you still eat, and because I eat lots of fruit and vegetables I still eat a high volume of food even on my "fast" days. I love it!

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Zig-Zag dieting has been around for years. Back in the 80's The Rotation Diet was popular (the lowest calorie day was something like 600....but the highest calorie day was still less than my maintenance). 5:2 is basically just another Zig-Zag diet. Some people stagger their calories naturally.

I use 5:2 currently. My calories average around 1400 a day (with 2 - 500 calorie days factored in). My TDEE is around 1750. I can be more consistent with dieting (only) 2 days a week and not all 7. The key is figuring out what your maintenance is and logging until you know that you will not binge on maintenance days.


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Probably it is best to combine this diet with the Greek Diet, so that for the 5 days of higher intake Greek Diet foods are used.
On the 2 lower calorie days choose nutrient-rich foods(like eggs) to keep up essential micronutrients and bulky low-calorie items such as salad to help keeping feeling fuller.



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I didnt think 5:2 was originally designed to be a diet, more of a way of life for eating. there has been plenty of research on calorie restriction and longer/healthier lives (mostly done in rats, and some anecdotal accounts). its meant to be a lifestyle and not a quick-fix for weight loss.
of course, it does aid in weight-loss especially in the beginning, as your body was accustomed to more calories. as your weight and activity levels fluctuate so do your metabolic/caloric needs. so eventually you will stop losing on the 5:2 unless you are also restricting on your "normal" days or increasing your activity.
I have done this before, and both my parents have been doing this for years. I fell off the bandwagon while finishing my MS degree, as i kept strange hours and no longer exercised regularly, it became common practice to study with a bowl/bag of something, and/or a couple beers...
I've recently picked it up again, and i actually try not to count the calories on my "fast" days. i just prepare several baggies of fruit/veggies to snack on during the day while at work to go with my several glasses of water or tea. i often find i am not actually hungry when i have a glass of water or mug of tea to put off the "hunger-pains". then for dinner i generally will have a baked chicken breast of salmon filet with a large salad and little bit of vinagrette dressing. i enter everything at the end of the day on to SP and usually am between 300 and 600. women are supposed to keep to 500 or less, but i try not to make it a big deal if a go over a little bit.
as i am trying to lose weight, i do keep track of calories on my 5 "normal" days, to 1200-1500 cal like SP suggests for weight loss. on my normal days i also try to do ~30minutes of exercise. I try not to exercise too much on "fast-days" due to the extreme caloric restriction, and dont use the exercise calorie deficit to allow for additional snacks.



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I don't know why people hate this diet. This totally works! I love food and hate to exercise and this is the only diet that works for me. I fast on Monday and Thursdays. On my fast days I don't really feel too hungry because I try to balance my calories all day instead of in one meal like they suggest. In the morning I have 2 cups of black coffee, a hard boiled egg and a half cup of berries. For lunch I'll have a piece of whole wheat toast with a slice of cheese and 1.5 ounces of turkey breast. I'll add a little sririacha for flavor since it only has 5 calories. For dinner I have 2 cups of mixed green, a half cup of sliced cucumbers, 4 radishes, half an heirloom tomato, 1/4 cup feta cheese, 1.5 ounces turkey breast and 2-3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar! It's a lot more food than you would think. I'm usually not hungry when I do it like this and if I am I just drink a glass of water! This totally works! I lost 2.6 pounds just this week alone. I hate dieting and I have to say, this doesn't really feel like dieting to me. You can also switch your fasting days if you need to. I don't have to do that too often because I don't usually have a whole lot going on on Mondays or Thursdays.

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i've been doing 5:2 since mid August. i've been off and on spark for years but got frustrated this summer with a plateau and gained what little i'd lost in the past 18 months back. a friend, who is not prone to fashion diets, told me about 5:2. i decided to try it along with rededicating myself to excercise. so i've lost 7lbs and have gotten near my plateau point so it will be interesting to see how the next few weeks go.

it's not fasting by my definition. fasting is not eating. i stick to 500 calories on low calorie days and eat within my spark range on others. 5:2 has really pointed out to me that a lot of times we eat because we are bored. i don't really get ravenously hungry on low days but i do find i have an inclination to want to eat to fill time. i make sure that on my low days i am busy. i'll even do two exercise sessions to fill time.

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Obviously I can only speak for myself - but I find simply not eating for a day much easier than cutting down. So for five days I would eat sensible (without worrying about calories etc) and for two days have nothing but a couple of diet shakes, or ready prepared calorie counted diet dishes.

Hope that helps.

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I'm not so much opposed to fasting, I just don't see its value. The point I was trying to make was that if you're already tracking calories, which you'd have to be to know that you're eating 500-600 calories a fasting day, why would tracking calories and staying in a normal range be more difficult, or as "life altering".

It's not something I'm interested in because it's not in align with my values. Often, I read other people's opinions merely for entertainment, not because I'd ever consider doing these things.

It's good to know that you don't hate food. It concerns me to find so many people who do.

Nobody can have it all, you can only have what you love most.


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I find it interesting that most people apposed to intermittent fasting ... have not tried it.

Also I think people are getting caught up in the word fasting. I don't look at my calories on a daily basis I calculate on a weekly basis.

Fasting or eating reduced calories 2 days a week is not love altering ... it just sounds like it until you've tried it a few times.

And to the person who said I'm not a foodie and I hate food!

I have a degree in culinary
Apprentice in (Hertfordshire) United kingdom
Worked in several triple diamond restaurants
Masters degree in sustainable agriculture
Teach children's cooking classes .. thru the American culinary federation

Fill time employeed by the food and drug admin
.... And that's just the first page of my resume!




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I don't see how fasting two days a week isn't life altering. I consider that way more life altering than a balanced diet.

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This is not a FAAADDDDD! I have been on 5:2 for over a year. It's basically intermittent fasting. I limit myself to 500 calories 2 days a week. I can vary the days but I skip a day in between. I actually lost 25 lbs in just under a year. About 2 lbs a month and I've kept it off. It came off a little faster in the beginning. I started out at 199 lbs and I'm down to 174. I'm 5 ft 5.

The nice thing about this way of eating is that it is not as regimented and life-altering as WW or some of the others. If I see the cookies sitting in the bread box on fast day and am a little tempted I tell myself, "oh, I can have a couple of those tomorrow." I drink plenty of herbal teas, waters etc. on fasting day. I had cod poached in tomatoes with olives, capers and spinach for supper last night and a "170 calorie" Lean Cuisine with a salad and low calorie dressing for lunch. I have some chicken or vegetable broth in the morning if I'm feeing the need for it.

Please do some research and give it a try. Now I'll go back and read all of the messages.

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Tried to delete a duplicate post.

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FAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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I follow a form of this diet at times, except I eat about 650 calories on low days.

You are NOT supposed to eat 'whatever you want' on high days. I eat around 1500 calories on those days, if actually trying to lose, otherwise I eat sensibly.

Low days I tend to eat very much the same meals, choosing mostly very highly nutritious food. It works best for me, as I am a nightowl, to eat all my meals later than normal, leaving more of my calories for night, but that depends on your habits and needs.

Especially if I have been over-indulging, the low days actually make me feel much better.



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I lost weight slowly and steadily here at SP for 3 years and then tried intermittent fasting. Somehow I lost control and gained back half my weight in 6 months. It did not work for me psychologically but others do well. I am back to tracking and struggling.

I have to say this style of eating is exactly how my skinny sister-in-law eats; food simply doesn't interest her and she eats because she has to.

People!
read the INGREDIENTS!

"It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters, it's what you eat between New Years and Christmas that counts. "

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I seriously doubt a serious foodie, could be happy with this diet. I know I couldn't. A foodie, is someone who loves food, especially high end food. I does not indicate a binge eater or someone who is out of control. I am a foodie and am very happy with my relationship with food, I have no desire to start hating food. I am completely confident in my ability be a foodie, and maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle.



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I would defiantly recommend this way of eating to any SERIOUS FOODIES needing to program their bellies!

emoticon Well so far I'm enjoying it, but i'll be honest it's been a difficult transition. This eating behavior came easier than others because I have already trained my body to skip breakfast, so next I had to train my self to eat earlier like around 6pm vs my normal 8-9pm.

emoticon I will defiantly say it's just another Fad Diet ... but it really seems to work for me.

I hear a lot of people say its binge eating, but I have been a binge eater and when I'm on my down days I don't get the urge to lay in the bed eating a whole pizza. I do get the urge to hurry up and find something to eat.

Since I have a bad habit of over eating on regular days, I feel more in control of what I eat on my down days.

Since I rarely eat out and I cook every thing it is extremely hard to count calories.

I have been a member of SparkPeople since 2006 and I have been on and off weighloss kicks for "God Knows" how long.

emoticon Yet the reason I call this a better diet or eating behavior for me is because for the first time I am learning to control my eating behavior.

emoticon Intermittent Fasting has taught me to recognize when I'm truly hungry vs. craving.

emoticon emoticon It has given me the will power to control my over eating.

emoticon And It gives me a way to cut calories without over thinking my portions.



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5 days a week of eating what you want could mean some serious binges and weight gain even with 2 days of little food. It doesn't appeal to me

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
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When you read these posts, look over at how many posts they have here on SP before responding.

There are 2 reasons for this.

1) Some actual members are thinking of trying this, and you don't want to treat them as if they are salespeople trying to push this idea. Even people with a few hundred posts most likely are newer, or just less active.

OR

2) A salesperson is more likely to have 1-20 posts, and of course was very successful at whatever plan is being discussed. It is always amazing how many : new members " have all the answers, and the perfect plan.

I want to wish a welcome to all these new members, and hope you ignore the advice of the "new members ". You have joined SP, so you might as well at least try their plan first, and see if it works. If not, then go ahead and try other plans.

Maybe this 5:2 plan will work for people, and if so, then congrats to them, but weigh the advice given against how active they have been. At least make them show up more than once, and have 1 post if they want your money. This is just indirect sales through testimonials. Sadly, it works well.



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Fads come and go, and this one will, too--oh, that is, after certain people make piles of money. I think it's best just to eat well and stay within our calorie range each day.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy�4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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I'm not doing the 5:2 but I have been experimenting with the 16:8 fasting, which involves eating in an eight hour window and then fasting for 16. So, for me, I eat between 11-7pm and, after a couple of days, I found that I felt A LOT better. There are scientific studies that show benefits related to heath due to fasting. For me, it's just a matter of simplicity. I'm now at a point where I just don't eat after 7 or 8 and that structure helps. I have to get up early--5:30am--and I work out in a fasted state and feel great. I even ran a 5K last weekend in a fasted state and felt strong at the end.

This is a personal decision. I read a ton about it, and how it affects women differently than men (women shouldn't fast for as long a time as men), and with a busy schedule, this is a matter of simplicity for me. I feel great and I don't have to overthink my decisions, which I believe makes it more successful.

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I just don't understand why you would do something unnatural like restrict yourself to 500 calories two days a week. Like a previous poster said, why not just eat a moderate amount of calories all week? Why be so uncomfortable those two days? I try to eat healthy and exercise daily and I see no need to put myself through misery every week for two days. There is no trick to weight loss; no one needed to think up the 5/2 diet in order for you to lose weight, despite what some rodent research may show. I understand some people need a "hook" -- a special plan or a diet that has a book written about it. It's been that way for many years. But is this really the key to long-term success in weight-management?

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So far I love it and I've lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks!



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I am fasting twice a week along with doing t25..I started the fast Thursday jan 23rd and went from 212 to 203..I usually do long term fasting before I change my eating habits and exercise program but decided to change it up due to a post I read and my husbands response.I am going to show him that you can get the results you want fasting twice a week,eating clean on days you don't fast,and working out...I am doing a daily blog on this website if you want to follow..

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Not necessarily, ZERO_WILL_POWER. I think I do not eat any food that could be classified as "bad" (unless judged by a militant vegetarian), nor my diet is unbalanced. Don't even know where any fast food places are located, would hardly tell you in which part of the stores that I typically visit one finds potato chips or even what other snacks or candies exist. I drank my last sweet drink sometimes during my childhood.
I have never been overweight but for several reasons (one of them being sport performance), I want to keep my weight close to the lower edge of normal BMI.
When training, I can sometimes experience periods of increased appetite and even if my diet consists of mostly healthy foods, I end up piling up weight, because I simply overeat with respect to my goal weight energy requirements.

I am giving 5-2 diet a go, I expect from it to get a better portion control and achieve an overall kcal deficit or, later on, energy equilibrium corresponding to my desired weight.

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I have been experimenting with this. -- Our society has become so fixated on food (the only addiction one cannot leave since food is necessary for survival).

We get all in a twit when someone presents the possibility that one does not have to have breakfast in order to be healthy. Trends and statistics are just that. You get to decide if it applies to YOU.

Eating less would most likely be good for the majority...just saying!

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
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I would view these kinds of diets as being there for people who cannot or choose not to go for more of a balanced nutrition plan. Let's be honest: most people are going to interpret "eat what you want" as "put bad things into your body".

Any diet that has you putting bad things into your body the majority of the time does not likely have a holistic picture of nutrition in mind.



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I did the 5:2 diet (or something similar; did not buy the book, just read up on it) last year for a while, but found it very difficult on the 'fast' days.

Recently I read a small blurb in the Reader's Digest about a similar plan they are endorsing. All it said in the article was, for women, eat 650 calories on two nonconsecutive days of the week and 1500 on the other days. I did not buy this book either.

I'm on week three. The first week I lost 5 lbs., the second week 2. Since I am not all that big to start with--started at 142--this was great, for me. I expect the weight loss to slow down, of course, but even a pound a week is better than I often do.

The extra 150 calories on the low days makes a big difference for me. I mostly eat very high nutrient foods, but still a few small snacks, on those days. The high days feel quite decadent, and I am actually having trouble getting to 1500 on those days. I kind of enjoy finding creative ways to limit calories to 650 and yet still enjoy food.

Also, since I am not 'eating whatever I want' (I know this is not what is meant on the actual 5:2 diet, but is what some people think), I am still eating at a level which will promote weight loss on the high days.

Sometimes on the low days I feel a little hungry, but not bad. If I do I have something like tea or a small piece of fruit. It's early days, but I think this is something I could do long term, even after I am at my target weight, and could up my high day calories to maintain.

I am coming off a badly sprained ankle so haven't been exercising much except light walking and weights. Once I get back to more challenging exercise, I'll probably do that on the high days, but so far I haven't felt weak or anything on the low days.



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May I just suggest reading the book titled intermittent fasting 5:2 and doing research before commenting. There is evidence and study's which include lab work which does show this is healthy and successful. I only needed to lose 5# and have went on to lose 10# to put me at 5'7" and 137#. I struggled with those 5# for literally 5years. Ones metabolism does not go into starvation mode until after 2 consecutive days of low calories. This book recommends 2 non consecutive days. And women get 500 calories and men 600 calories on those days. The remaining 5 days is healthful eating.
Pinterest also has many ideas for intermittent fasting as well as meals under 500 calories.
Please don't discourage others because you don't think something sounds like it would work for you. I have a degree in dietetics and research intensely.....this does work if it works for you and your lifestyle.

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I've been on the 5/2 diet since 7/31 and have lost 12 lbs. I find this diet so much easier and less time consuming that counting calories everyday. And on the morning after my fast I am not starving and have not over indulged on the 5 off days. I really feel like I could do this for a long time, now just to come up with a menu that includes something other than light soup and egg whites LOL.


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Although Kathy Griffin always says in interviews that she lost weight by sensible eating and exercise I swear I saw her answer when out to a restaurant to some one asking her how she could eat so much food and have her body was..."Oh, I only eat one meal a day."
Chelsea Handler said on her show she the night before at a restaurant while she ate her friend Charlize Theron had a drink but didn't eat anything.
Nuf said. ;D

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I have fasted for religious purposes and medical tests. And those weeks that I fast my weight loss stalls. Even when I have eaten healthy the rest of the week.

Sometimes though after a fast. My brain says to my stomach "Oh goodie she is eating again. Let's get her to eat everything in sight" That doesn't always happen but those weeks even if I get right back on track. I gain weight.

So I am not a fan of this diet

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9/24/13 11:31 A

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I've followed this since about mid-May and have managed to lose eight pounds - better than nothing, but hardly breaking any speed records. I've mostly kept my caloric intake to the top of my SP range on the non-fasting days. While I don't perceive any mental effects one way or the other, or any loss of energy, I find the fast days extremely difficult. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night ravenous and unable to sleep. I also struggle with thoughts of "go ahead and have seconds, you only had 500 calories yesterday!" on the day after. All in all I'm not sure it's worth it. I'm going to try paring it back to one day a week, to give myself a little cushion against an off day here and there. I will say this is easier than the 1100-calorie-a-day agony my personal trainer had me on, but overall I haven't found the effort to be worth it.



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8/24/13 2:48 A

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I've done 20/4 IF for over two years now: Coffee with a tablespoon of cream in the AM, nothing else most days until a very large dinner centered on meat and vegetables in late evening. I don't do it to be hard-core; I do it because I'm rarely hungry for lunch and never for breakfast. It kind of just happened. So I guess you could say I "eat whatever I want" for 7 days a week and still lose weight.

I drive a lot but I definitely do not black out on the road because of "low calories"--if anything, I'm much more alert and feel like I'm on a very even keel energy-wise. That brain-fogged, falling-over-dead tired feeling is typical of insulin-resistant people who spike their blood sugar with carbs every 3 hours and then crash hard as the insulin wave hits during the 2pm meeting. I was that way for years, hated it and don't miss it one bit.



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Never heard of it.

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Fasting, done properly, is good for the body and the soul.
I find it easy (most days) and enjoyable.
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I've been doing a form of fasting and my body just adores it, it is like a total treat for the bod. If you don,t need to get rid of extra fat, maybe your body won,t like it. But if you do, it,s like, your body,s big chance to process the way it needs to. And my body LOVES that.
Maybe it is like defragging the hard drive, everything goes so much better afterwards.

Edited by: FIFIFRIZZLE at: 8/23/2013 (15:36)
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I'm iffy on any way of eating that involves the word 'fasting', so I would never ever do it myself. But that's not based on any facts or knowledge or experience of the plan. I just hate the thought of depriving your body, even if it is only for two days per week.



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Here is a link about the tv program:
www.kpbs.org/news/2013/apr/02/eat-fast-and
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There is also a book called The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley.

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i would like to give it a try
I'll have to read up on it ......any suggestions on how to start and where



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I know someone who did this with good success for a couple of years, along with a raw food diet. However, when she stopped she gained 40-50 pounds over the course of just a couple of months.

It doesn't seem like a good long-term plan or something that is terribly healthy as a lifestyle.

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Reading all the posts, thought I,d say, the 5:2 diet isn,t eating whatever you want five days and fasting for two. It is eating sensibly for five days and for two non consecutive days eating only 500 calories. You can eat 5 servings of vegetables and two of protein for a total of 500 calories, so there is nothing inherently unhealthy in the foods themselves.
You can postpone eating a treat you are offered until the next day, thereby avoiding feelings of deprivation. But eating sensibly means you restrict treats to one or two a week, no matter what your eating plan.
Here is a quick rundown on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Aj6hRYg4A&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Edited by: FIFIFRIZZLE at: 7/5/2013 (19:35)
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To whom are you speaking MEYDEE?

I eat plenty on non-fasting days but perhaps need more as my wt loss has stalled after those initial 6-7 lbs.
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Your calories art too low for the week, you are in starvation mode. You are suppose to eat a typical 2000 calories on 5 days of the week. You are averaging 1000 calories per day!!



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I've found the 5:2 diet much easier than anticipated - and I've lost a lot of weight! Yes, you have to be in the right mindset to start it, and I thinking choosing your days carefully helps. The 500 calorie limit for women is so low I know I can't cheat and have a sneaky nibble...which Has been known on other diets I've done. I have 3 meals a day - but lunch is a leafy salad of about 30 cals. In the evening I love a thai green curry pot (320 cals), so much so I almost look forward to the fast days.
I also try and swim or go hill walking and find this perfectly ok. i do get hungry, but it passes and I know it's just for a short while. I also find I get cold easily. Maybe thats the British summer!



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