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Old Apr 28th, 2017, 18:37 PM   1
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Has anyone done a 5:2 fasting diet?


I've only just heard of it, you fast for 2 days, well you eat 500 calories, and then you eat normally the rest of the days. I can't help thinking its a bad idea, and I imagine it must be a fad? BUT, I'm tempted to give it a go, I have some final kilos to get down, and I'm finding it hard to get motivated. Any ideas, please feel free to put me off! X



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 03:25 AM   2
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Fasting isn't a great idea. I don't know how it would work over two days every week but basically since your body thinks it is starving and there is a famine, your body will go into overdrive to make you eat - can lead to binge eating, overeating. Would it work? Possibly, if you really stuck to eating a certain calorie amount on the other 5 days and don't end up overeating out of starvation - but I doubt it's a good idea. (None of this is a personal attack btw, your body naturally responds this way to starvation)



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 04:22 AM   3
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Well, I'd be inclined to agree. The theory is though that your body goes into "repair" mode, and apparently its supposed to only burn fat, as opposed to burning fat and muscle. It doesn't sound healthy to me either, though the authors say we are designed to go for periods of fasting, and others of eating more, harking back to the days when we hunted. A part of me thinks I will give it a go, another things its a bad idea. I had 10 kilos to lose, and I've lost the first 5 kilos but combining clean eating with counting points, but I just cannot get motivated lately with the stress of everyday life with the kids. I felt really hungry doing this, so I can't imagine how you feel on 500 calories Thing is, I know people I trust quite a lot to have good judgement who have done this type of diet and its really helped them, so a bit torn.



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 04:40 AM   4
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Apparently its all come from a BBC documentary which I'm now watching online (have some rare time without the children) called Eat Fast and Live Longer



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 05:50 AM   5
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I've only just heard of it, you fast for 2 days, well you eat 500 calories, and then you eat normally the rest of the days. I can't help thinking its a bad idea, and I imagine it must be a fad? BUT, I'm tempted to give it a go, I have some final kilos to get down, and I'm finding it hard to get motivated. Any ideas, please feel free to put me off! X
I did! January 2015-Octover 2015 I lost 5stone on it. Do some proper research but long term, the fasting benefits far outweigh just the weight loss. I found it easy. Once I stopped it all, I went back to my old habits and of course, gained most of that back. I'm now pregnant. It wasnt the diet that made me regain, but my own sheer greed lol. Going back on it once baby is born as it's the only thing that worked for me



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 10:04 AM   6
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A recent article in The Telegraph says that you can have 800 calories on the fast days, and still have the good effects. He claims its more about health than losing weight, but this happens anyway. I'm going to give it a go, but trying to include a lot of nutrient dense foods too. I think there has to be some balance, I mean, if someone binges like crazy on the other days, that can't be good for you, but apparently that doesn't typically happen? I'll report back to this thread if I was able to do the diet and if I did if it worked for me. Its very appealing the fact its supposed to be great for losing belly fat, and that is my number 1 2 and 3 problem. Even when underweight and with stick legs, I still had quite a fatty tummy



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 14:21 PM   7
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My mum and step dad swear by it, my mum has been a yoyo dieter for years (no need in my opinion!) but it's the one she comfortably always goes back to now to get to where she wants. She seems to find the fasting easy and I know there's been a fair bit of research into the pros? It's too faddy for me though I don't agree with diets, I don't see how it can be a truly sustainable lifestyle change, but perhaps if you've got a short term goal with a long term plan?



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Old May 1st, 2017, 05:03 AM   8
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Yes combined with some progressive running and a little body weight strength training I had super results and shifted the stubborn 6kg of fat I had left from DS2 and then after DS3 I did the same again and kept steady at 65kg both times. The best thing was my muscle either stayed or increased slightly! I have also had good results with 16/8, where you fast from dinner to lunchtime and still gain the repairing benefits without depriving yourself for too long! Cheat days are a must though or you go crazy!

Unfortunately most of the 6kg is back on already, my body always creeps up to 70-71kg when pregnant



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 05:45 AM   9
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Sounds good dan-̣! I was more into losing this extra stone, but the latest science on the health benefits is quite mindblowing! I'm looking forward to starting now! 62 to 65 kilos is a good weight for me too, I was also 72 for ages when pregnant! Its good what you said about the muscle, I'm impatient to know if it helps me more than other diets with my tummy! X



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 05:47 AM   10
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I think once you get to your goal weight, which for me is anything not under 60, as then I start to look drawn and a bit ill lol, you only do the 800 calories for one day.

Could anyone tell me how they would go about it? Like at what time did you have your dinner/supper the day before the fast day, and then, how did you distribute your calories?



 
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