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The 5:2 Experiment

Sunday, February 16, 2014

So for the past 2 weeks, I've been doing the 5:2 (well actually 4:3) diet plan. I must say that it's mostly been rather easy. So here is the way it works: on 2 days out of the week, you don't eat anything till dinnertime. That meal should not be more than about 500 cals. Now, to be honest, really, it's supposed to be 500 cals total for the day, so you *could* eat small meals throughout the day, but most ppl just save the cals for dinnertime. During the day, you drink water, teas, broths to get you through.

On the other 5 days, you eat normal. No calorie counting or anything (although most ppl count something: carbs, cals, fat...). What I plan on doing is staying LC for those eat days, and just sticking with veggies and protein on the fast day meal.

It's actually been going pretty good! First week is a lost 2 lbs, second week another pound and I think I would have lost more if I had stuck to LC on my eating days. But I ate things like mashed potatoes and pizza!

It's actually much easier than I thought it would be! The reason I am doing 3 fast days is that typically on the weekends, I never get around to eating anything till about dinnertime anyway, so I figured that logically, it made sense to add in a third fast day.

I am gonna keep going with this and see how far it takes me! Today, being Sunday, is a fast day so I am sipping coffee, water, hot broth, etc. and have some chores to do; taking a break from cleaning at the moment to get caught up on Spark!
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  • DULCINEA54935
    Congratulations on your new WOE. Although my weight loss has been slow during my 6 months, and pretty much nonexistent right now, I persevere because it makes me fell well, my skinny jeans fit and allows me to indulge on the non-wellness days without adding pounds. Good luck to you.
    2436 days ago
    Congrats on your successes!
    2438 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14327086
    Congratulations. I just finished my first week too. It is easier than I thought.
    2439 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4274730
    I tried it but kept forgetting I was supposed to be fasting, lol :) Good luck!
    2440 days ago
  • SKATER787
    This is a good thing to give your digestive system a rest. I think the conventional wisdom out there for 3 meals and 2 snacks is ridiculous. No other culture on earth eat 5 times a day. No wonder we are so fat. Intermittent fast is a good thing. Congrats.
    2440 days ago
    You are doing well. Continued success to you on this challenging plan.
    2440 days ago
    Looks like you have read Dr Mosley's book, The Fast Diet, or have information about it. I lived by it, doing the 4:3 and keeping the days I ate down around 1200 cal. If it's any encouragement to you, I lost 50 pounds while I was doing it. Funny, and here's my aha moment, I have plateaued for three months, which is about how long I have been off of it. Could there be a correlation, I think I am going to pull my book out again and start over. See! You have motivated someone to do something. Thanks!
    2440 days ago
    My friend does that diet and has had great success. Myself, I have to eat something every couple of hours or I will eat everything in the house when I finally do eat.
    Good Luck!!!
    2440 days ago
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