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Old May 1st, 2017, 07:41 AM   11
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My mum and I did it a few years ago, my mum had more to lose than I did (I was a healthy weight but heavier than my ideal weight, my mum was just into the obese category and no more)

My mum found it far easier than I did. We did 500 calories on fast days, as it was when the diet was first publicised. I tended to have 100 for breakfast and lunch and then 300 for dinner. I drank green tea through the day and found I had to drink lots of Diet Coke for energy.

I was irritable and really did not like the diet. My mum didn't mind (as obviously she had more reserves to live on) but neither of us lost more than a few pounds. I found that on the "5" days I ate way more and way worse than I did when not on the diet.

I do slimming world now and I have had far more success doing that, I'm never hungry and I can still eat whatever I want in moderation, plus there is no weighing or measuring which is appealing.

My boss at work does it, he is an older man and is not at all overweight, he does it purely for the health benefits. He is a very intelligent man. He also eats well on the other 5 days so I guess that's how he can see the benefit!



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 10:56 AM   12
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For me I skipped breakfast and lunch, had a small apple or clementine or some berries as a snack when required then had a balanced veg heavy dinner of around 500cals. Something like brown rice and vegetables with some quorn pieces or salmon and a few new potatoes with steamed veg. If desperate for pudding I would have a banana. On a 5 days I'd eat normally as I tend to naturally maintain (when not being silly with chocolate or pregnant!)

It's not easy if you are not in the mood for it, you have to be in the right mindset on a '2' day, but if you can keep busy and out of the house until tea time it's easily doable!

16/8 is more a lifestyle as you basically fast for 16 hours a day (i.e. 8pm-12noon or 6pm to 10am) to give your body a break from digesting so it can repair. I find that much easier than heavily restricting set days and not having breakfast until 11 or 12 comes naturally for me. Unless pregnant, then it's all out the window as I get dizzy



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 11:00 AM   13
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For me I skipped breakfast and lunch, had a small apple or clementine or some berries as a snack when required then had a balanced veg heavy dinner of around 500cals. Something like brown rice and vegetables with some quorn pieces or salmon and a few new potatoes with steamed veg. If desperate for pudding I would have a banana. On a 5 days I'd eat normally as I tend to naturally maintain (when not being silly with chocolate or pregnant!)

It's not easy if you are not in the mood for it, you have to be in the right mindset on a '2' day, but if you can keep busy and out of the house until tea time it's easily doable!

16/8 is more a lifestyle as you basically fast for 16 hours a day (i.e. 8pm-12noon or 6pm to 10am) to give your body a break from digesting so it can repair. I find that much easier than heavily restricting set days and not having breakfast until 11 or 12 comes naturally for me. Unless pregnant, then it's all out the window as I get dizzy
I pretty much don't eat outside those times anyway and ... well unfortunately I'm not as slim as I'd like to be, lol. I don't condone skipping breakfast, especially if you are going out to do something mentally challenging. I can cope with physical challenge on an empty stomach, but my brain switches off until breakfast.



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 11:18 AM   14
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See I'm the opposite, I get sharper when fasted!

Maybe try adding in the couch to 5k to your weekly routine if you're good at maintaining but want to lose a little, you'll burn off up to 1/2 lb a week in calories!

Fasting is definitely a much debated subject, I agree.



 
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See I'm the opposite, I get sharper when fasted!

Maybe try adding in the couch to 5k to your weekly routine if you're good at maintaining but want to lose a little, you'll burn off up to 1/2 lb a week in calories!

Fasting is definitely a much debated subject, I agree.
I actually restarted c25k the other day! I did it a few years back but then got pregnant and felt too sick to do anything then I just forgot about it. I've been losing 1-2lb per week doing slimming world so hoping the running gives me a wee boost.

I'm disgusted how much weight I have put on. I'm definitely not massive but over the last 3-4 years I have been putting on a pound every few months and it has been creeping up gradually.



 
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See I'm the opposite, I get sharper when fasted!

Maybe try adding in the couch to 5k to your weekly routine if you're good at maintaining but want to lose a little, you'll burn off up to 1/2 lb a week in calories!

Fasting is definitely a much debated subject, I agree.
I was watching a youtube video on woman's health of Michael Mosley this morning as I folded the clothes and DH looked after the twins (this is me time now, how sad lol) . He said that the starvation mode that people talk about is a myth. That is does of course exist, but for your body to enter this mode quite a bit of time has to pass without eating, like many days. The word fasting is indeed confusing in this diet, when its more about eating less calories a few times a week. Its sort of turned on its head what I've always thought before.



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 13:16 PM   17
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Have you seen the how to lose weight well series by the van Tulleken brothers? They covered many diets, fascinating, it was Channel 4 so should be available online as well I bet!

Michael Moseley is awesome, he's got great discipline! He does 6:1 to maintain I believe.

I went out running earlier and then for tea knocked up egg pasta and meatballs with baked cheesecake and blueberries for pudding hormones kill my food sense. Ah well

Loeylo it does just creep on so easily, it's so unfair isn't it? But takes such hard work to lose! Easter chocolate definite put a couple of lbs on my butt! Do you enjoy the c25k? That's how I started 3 years ago. My hubbys restarting it again tonight after a couple of months off. He got the end last time, which is some going for a very large chef!



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 14:20 PM   18
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I'll certainly look for that documentary thank you dan-o. I can't see channel 4, but I bet its online somewhere! I love a good documentary, the amount of diets that exist today though can be quite overwhelming, and everyone claiming their diet is the one! X



 
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Go on salads & fruits only on the fast days if you don't want to eat 1 meal. there is no rule, I prefer to give my body a break from proteins & grains once or twice a week. As for going on starvation mode it takes weeks of eating less than 800 Cal per day for your body to go on starvation mode.

I honestly don't believe in diets, when I eat out I give my body a break next day, I eat a salad before my main meal everyday (most of the time I feel full from eating the salad), I snack all day on healthy food like few nuts, raw veggies, small portion of fruits. I drink water only, we don't keep any unhealthy snacks at home. It's about changing your life style slowly then sticking to it.



 
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Go on salads & fruits only on the fast days if you don't want to eat 1 meal. there is no rule, I prefer to give my body a break from proteins & grains once or twice a week. As for going on starvation mode it takes weeks of eating less than 800 Cal per day for your body to go on starvation mode.

I honestly don't believe in diets, when I eat out I give my body a break next day, I eat a salad before my main meal everyday (most of the time I feel full from eating the salad), I snack all day on healthy food like few nuts, raw veggies, small portion of fruits. I drink water only, we don't keep any unhealthy snacks at home. It's about changing your life style slowly then sticking to it.
I get what you mean about not believing in diets, its got to be a sustained life style thing for sure, with exceptions maybe. I have read and listened to so many different nutritionists in the last years, that it is mind blowing how different they all think. The way of eating that seems to suit me best is keeping as clean as possible, and having nutrient dense type of food. Avoiding refined sugar is a big one for me, dairy, I'm not sure yet, but more than possible too.Fasting, I'm yet to do it! I'm going through a heavy period, so waiting for that to pass. I'll try eating something raw like you said those days, I'll probably try some different combinations and see what suits me. I will update when I finally get there. I got a cookbook today with 5:2 recipes to inspire me a bit Xxxx



 
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