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8/20/20 12:44 P

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8/15/20 10:24 A

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Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I started 12:12 fasting a few days ago as a means of making a start. Saw a prog on tv and bought the book "The Fast 800" by Dr Michael Mosley. I'm part way through it. I'm planning to do 800 calories every day for 20 weeks. Starting mid September as we're on holiday for a week soon and the recipe book has not yet arrived. Want to get this planned before I start - fail to plan, plan to fail. Looking forward to getting to know you all.
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6/29/18 12:22 P

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Hello my name is Kathleen and I live in Pennsylvania. I am new to this team. I have heard good comments about this 5:2 IF plan so I thought I would give it a try. I have been doing low carbs for awhile now so I will need to watch the calories also.

I am fortunate that I am in good healthy and take no medications. My choice of exercise is that I walk 10,000 steps daily. Yesterday (Thursday) I started with a fast day. It went well.

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CD8260135 Posts: 2,593
4/17/17 8:28 P

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Welcome, Phyliss... I'm glad the fasting is helping you feel better. Losing weight is difficult at any age but I too realized when I turned 50 and menopausal it became SO much harder. I will be 54 in May so I totally understand. My advice is to just take it one day at a time as you enjoy the journey. It really is a journey... with bumpy roads along the way. Just go with the bumps and if you fall off the wagon (we all do at some point) just hop back on with another fast on another day.
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4/12/17 5:40 P

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Hi, I'm Phyliss and I'm new to this team - and I'm in the USA! I'm trying 5:2 for the first time - I'm in my second week now, and I'm hoping it helps with the weight loss. I lost 70 pounds about 10 years ago by calorie counting and exercising, then steadily put it all back on.

Now that I'm in my 50s I noticed that when I calorie count I am only losing weight when I eat around 1000 calories - 1200 isn't moving the scale. So I'm looking for these 2 fast days to help me eat a more healthy amount on the other 5 days. Today is my 3rd fast day and so far I'm not finding it difficult as long as I plan my 500 calories. I have also been having a lot of gastrointestinal difficulties for the past two years and eating less/fasting at this point just makes me feel better, so I think this 5:2 plan works with what is going on with my body right now.

I'm looking forward to moving ahead and seeing what happens!


Edited by: SPIEGY at: 4/12/2017 (17:40)
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CD8260135 Posts: 2,593
3/9/17 9:58 P

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Welcome to the team, Imogen! We are very happy to have you here. emoticon

I'm from the state of Missouri in the USA. We have something in common besides 5:2...
#1.... I was an art teacher for grades Kindergarten - Seventh for 25 years. Most of the time I taught the little ones ages 5-8. It was wonderful. Working in clay is my favorite!
#2.... I really do not like to exercise... even though I know it is good for me... so I just don't do it. The only exercise I truly get is from my job now delivering propane. So, yes... you can lose weight without exercise. Fasting did help me lose weight and I've kept 70 pounds off for nearly 3 years. (I'm SURE exercise would help make the loss faster, however.)
#3....Like you and your boyfriend... I fast with my husband. I didn't start out that way. For 6 months I fasted (4:3) and lost 42 pounds... that is when he wanted to get on board and try fasting too. He loves it and was able to get off his blood pressure medications!

Hope you keep in touch. Head to the "Daily Chat" for some conversation. Lots of friendly people here on this team.

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3/6/17 1:57 P

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Hello everyone, my name is Imogen and I joined the team yesterday. I have just started doing 5 and 2 with my boyfriend. My first fast day is tomorrow. I'm from Edinburgh, Scotland and work as an art teacher in Fife. As such, I have to commute a hours each way, which is why I often feel too tired to do much exercise. I hope doing 5 and 2 will help me lose weight in a manageable way. Any advice for the fast days would be much appreciated. I am vegetarian.
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Hello from Missouri! Glad to have you on the team, Robin. My daughter is going to Morgantown for her Masters program. I've been there twice now. The first time was move in day and a NIGHTMARE! I'm not used to such narrow roads and so many fast drivers. The last time we visited was summer... much nicer and calmer. One thing I can say is West Va is BEAUTIFUL! I would like to visit during the turning of the autumn leaves...

I don't know any fasters who have had the bariatric surgery. Sorry you are dealing with weight gain... it can sneak up on us so fast after losing. But, what is important is you are here and have family who have been successful on 5:2. I am AMAZED you found a doctor that recommended fasting. That is rare but nice to hear!

Please join the "daily chat" and let us all know how you did on your first fast day. I also love the information about Alzheimer's and fasting brain cell renewal. My mom is showing more and more signs of dementia each time I visit her. This last visit I noticed having to repeat simple instructions slowly. Understanding the newscast is certainly getting frustrating for her. Anyway, just know you are not alone. Keep posting and stay in touch. God bless...

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9/13/16 10:59 A

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Hello,
My name is Robin and I'm also from the US. West Virginia.

My daughter's endocrinologist recommended the 5:2 diet at her last visit, my husband joined in and lost about 30 lbs this summer so I'm ready to give it a go.

I'm 13 years post RNY bariatric bypass surgery and am wondering are there others on this team trying the Fast Diet too following bariatric surgery? I lost 180 pounds and have had a 50 pound regain over the last five years. If there are others post bariatric surgery would you be willing to share with me your experience related to 5:2.

I've learned the days I stay with protein are days I think the clearest. My momma was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I love the brain cell renewal theory I'm reading about in the Fast Diet book, Mosley and Spencer.

I'm beginning my first fast day today.
Have a good day!

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All for now Bunny Buddies,
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5/2/16 1:57 P

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Wow, I am so sorry I missed this thread. I'm pushed for time right now, but I'll reply properly a bit later!

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4/14/16 8:48 P

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I'm actually not doing this for weight loss, though it may happen. I'd like the other benefits. I think my odds are good because I've already dropped most snacking and I often am not hungry for the meals I do eat. I was just afraid that it wasn't good for me to eat so little. And I still often WANT food when I'm not hungry. But things are fine for now. See you on the other threads!

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CD8260135 Posts: 2,593
4/12/16 10:56 A

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Welcome! Glad to "see" another person from the states... even though you are very far away from my neck of the woods. I live in southeast Missouri.

I'm 53 and would like to lose another 10 lbs too. The 5:2 is working well for me to maintain what I've already lost since 2014 but now, as I am closer to where I'd like to weigh, it is much harder. I may need to incorporate the daily intermittent fast along with 5:2 in order to break this loss problem.
To answer an earlier question... the window of IF is when you eat during a certain number of hours in the day rather than having all the meals throughout the day. 16:8 is eating only during those eight hours of the day... every day. 18:6 is the same only the eating time frame is for 6 hours daily. The time of day is up to you as long as it is a 6 hour window of time. I can do this as long as I eat in the late afternoon/evening hours because I absolutely hate going to bed hungry.
I did not lose weight on the window of IF but combined with a couple of 500 calorie days I am sure would work. Now, only to get the motivation!

Oddlass is so right when she says there are "no real Rules to follow". Much of this is just listening to your body about what you can handle. If fasting makes you feel ill then try it a different way (small meals, different time of day, protein, etc...)

Fasting has helped me to decrease my appetite. I still crave sugar sometimes but think that is just an emotional response to stress. Fasting has given me hope and success from binges. I have overeaten since starting my fasting journey but have not binged. That in itself is success to me...and hopefully good news for you, OOLALA. Hope those 10 lbs disappear quickly for you!

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4/12/16 2:58 A

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The big thing with IF is experimenting. Some people (a lot of people actually) are not suited to it. They struggle with not eating of drinking for 16 hours or can not handle a day on 500 cals, It causes them problems and it is not the diet for them. And some are fine with 0 cals a day twice a week, some do 16:8 all the time. There are no real 'Rules' to follow, you make it to suit your life and needs, then judge if it working by the results. A TV show over her (UK) recently did an experiment with 10 hour food and drink. it had to be the same 10 hours everyday. and that worked well. SO , all about trying it and find the way it fits for you. but it obviously helps to keep your non fast days reasonably healthy!

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4/11/16 10:01 P

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I'm from the US and getting on several fasting teams for support. However I will admit that if this ends up bringing up bad habits from the past (a binger here), I may drop. I usually don't join teams lightly, but I am so interested in the brain benefits of this. I think that may help me avoid going back to my old habits as I am more aware of how they can be sneakily causing so much trouble. I also incorporated some ideas from a specific diet- SO unusual for me, as I've lost all my weight without counting calories or eliminating any foods. But I haven't touched certain binge foods since I got obsessed with this brain stuff.

I'm not talking about this much on my other teams (I lead two) because it is so controversial for bingers and the second team is much more moderate. I also don't believe in getting too excited in the first few months because I've seen SO many Sparkers on "honeymoons" crash and burn. (Also because I think people put too much scrutiny on the process, like opening the oven door!) The stats are terrible for diets! But I think of fasting as actually a cultural practice. If I lived in another culture, I would just be doing it along with everyone else. (I also wouldn't have developed so many other first world eating problems.) Plus I have to admit that I am not as hungry as often as I used to be, but before fasting, I couldn't talk myself into just not eating a meal.

Like right now, I hadn't planned on eating just one meal, but only to fast overnight for 16 hours and then have two regular meals. But I had a bit bigger lunch and now I"m not hungry at all. Now I'm hoping to make it overnight again, but will have a regular day tomorrow.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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4/10/16 2:46 A

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Hello! I think this team is the only one with so many of us Brits on! ha ha. The fasting seems to be rather frowned on in the US for some reason, but over here it is more just accepted as another 'diet' that needs looking into. I think there may be less information about it because it is so flexible and simple as you want to make it, and hard for people to make money out of ... unless they write a book.
Please feel free to ask anything on here, we are a friendly team.

Great to have you with us.


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4/9/16 1:35 P

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Hi! Newbie from California here! I have done the 5:2 diet in the past and want to do it again but I can't seem to find any support in the U.S.??? I did find this forum however and I am very happy to be here!

I'm 55 and have 10 stubborn lbs to lose. So, not too much weight but boy is it stuck on!!! I like the concept of the 5:2--it is something that is easy and feels good but when I bring it up to anybody I get blank stares...It was featured on a national TV show (the Today show) this past week as this new diet that works!

I have no idea what the 16:8 is?? Can you fill me in on that?? Would 5:2 be better? Or is 16:8 a better alternative? I am looking forward to starting and was thinking I would go with Tuesday's and Thursday's :)

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11/3/15 1:50 P

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Hi Val, Nice to see you on here! I experiment all the time with 5:2 one meal or two meals or just low fat snacking all day. But not tried anything other than 5:2.. I guess 16:8 is doing all your eating and drinking within 8 hours out of 24? Do you do it everyday?

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CD8260135 Posts: 2,593
11/3/15 8:44 A

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Welcome to 5:2, Val... give it a try and see how your body responds. I was very surprised how my hunger was no more on 5:2 than 16:8. You can even split your 500 calories into two or three meals if you want. For me, I found eating before my evening meal made me want or crave more food... like I started the engine and needed petro!
However, when I first did the 500 calories I snacked on cucumbers or tomatoes... whatever was low in calories to get through the afternoon hours... later I didn't need to do that so I guess you could say I got used to fasting. It has been a year and one half and it is second nature for me today. As long as I can drink light liquids I am ok. Lemonade and flavored drinks seem to quiet the hunger well.

Everyone is different with their fasting routines, exercise, and food choices on this team. Feel free to ask questions and come back often to chat!

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Hello everyone!

It was suggested by a friend to join this team. I have been 16:8 fasting since June and doing great but have been considering trying 5:2 for a bit. I think it would work out out better for me over the Holidays.

Val

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