Hi Curtisat, I’ve been doing something similar to 5:2 which is called ‘Intermittent flexible fasting’, also twice a week. The difference is in the approach to fast days. On my fast days I eat breakfast as usual (two slices of whole wheat bread with some cheese or ham and a cup of coffee with stevia instead of sugar). Then I fast the next 24 hrs meaning I skip lunch and dinner, go to sleep and eat normal breakfast again the next morning. Of course I drink a lot of water during the day. You can go from lunch to lunch the next day (like my husband does) or even from dinner to dinner the next day, as long as you fast for 24 hrs (give or take an hour). I prefer to skip lunch and dinner because they contain the most calories. Twice a week on non-consecutive days. This method is explained by Brad Pilon on his site EatStopEat. He also recommends doing resistance training alongside the IFF. It has taken me five months to lose 6 kgs but I knew it was going to go slowly for me (being hypothyroid). I’m still thrilled with the result so far and I’m going to go on until I lose another 4 kg (the 10 kg I gained because of my underachieving thyroid). After that I will keep on fasting 1 day a week to keep my weight stable. I’m about 5,2 ft and currently 126 lbs aiming for 120 lbs, my ideal weight being 114 lbs (says the conversion table). I get on the scale every day because I know fluctuations are very common, especially for women. I also know that if I don’t drink enough (mostly on a weekend), my weight goes up, probably because my body is retaining water. Good luck ! Carla
Finally! I'm down a pound and a little bit! It may only be a monthly hormonal fluctuation, but I'll take it. As a foodie who likes to go out to dinner a lot, I just love this diet. I can splurge a little on dinners out without feeling guilty, knowing I'll be fasting the next day... I'm really hoping it works for me.
I think pushing the fasting hours so that I'm not eating 16 hours before the 500cal fast day and 16 hours after has really helped. Also ran 3 miles on fast day this week and felt good. I'm excited and hope I have another successful week next week... especially since it's right before a mini holiday. eek!
Curtisat. It looks like we are about the same weight size...I am around 5 feet 5" and under 140 lbs now. I rarely weigh myself but for me this has been a very SLOW process. I think if you have less fat to lose the slower it is for people that want to lose less than 20 lbs, I was over 145 and I did weigh myself recently at maybe 136 135. (My scale is not that accurate) This has been since the beginning of the year! BUT!!! I have lost one pant size and then some. I am exercising daily but only around 5 to 8 minutes. I don't want to lose muscle...I want to get toned. Also now that my stomach is not so stretched with big meals I have reduced my food serving size during the rest of the week. I would say I have lost a good inch on my waist line and a good 1+ on my hips. I hope this comparison helps for you. By the way...I mirror what others here say. I feel so much better!
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Good luck for your weigh in tomorrow, Curtisat. Don't be too discouraged if there's not much movement yet, I suspect our bodies take a little while to get over the shock of any new regime, and relax into it. This seems to be a program of small but persistent losses, (0.5lbs a week at the moment) rather than large leaps, but that is probably more sustainable in the long term. Think of all the other health benefits you are accruing!
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Thanks for the tips. I'm fasting tomorrow & Thursday & will weigh again on Friday, fingers crossed. Trying to space the fasting foods so that I maximize hours before and after without any foods. Also stepping up the exercise as well!
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This is my first day and I have 200 calories left which I have assigned to a mix of cucumber, jicama, celery, tomatoes, and spinach. Question: would it be easier to eat the 200 calories at one sitting or can I eat some of them when I feel hungry?
I have a big problem with late-night impulsive eating and I'm hoping that deliberate planning and determination will work.
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I don't know if this diet is really a plateau buster, or at least nobody in the team has been on it long enough to definitely know it is. My suggestion is try more or a different exercise program. Food is only half the battle in losing weight after all.
I tend to lose between 1 and 2 lbs a week. On my non-fast day I stick with the low end of the recommended nutrition target and I have bumped my exercise up. I do have some treats and snacks on those days but mostly stick with fruit and yoghurt for those. I hope you begin to see the scale going down as I know how frustrating it is to work hard and then not see a result.
I just finished my third week of the fast diet, and my weight has barely budged. I actually gained 1lb in the middle week, and now I'm back down to the weight that I started at. I'm weighing myself at the same time each week after the 2nd fast day. I still try to eat healthy on my feast days. I incorporated exercise in this last week too. I'm looking for suggestions on how to maximize the effects of this diet, it seems like my body is highly resistant to losing. Note that I'm on my last 10lbs and I've almost never gotten there, but not willing to give up trying.
Any suggestions on how to unstick this weight would be greatly appreciated.
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