2. On fasting days we can have up to 500 calories and rather than starving I feel amazing and have tonnes of energy. I may get a little hungry mid-afternoon but it's nothing dramatic. Most people can manage three small meals a day with 500 calories, it's hardly 'starving yourself'.
3. Sorry, but we didn't ask for your opinion
ETA: I actually feel 5:2 is a lot more sustainable long-term than the Michelle Bridges 12wbt I signed up to last year or Weight Watchers which I joined a few years ago and it suits my lifestyle perfectly.
Last edited by jade24; 01-10-2014 at 15:08.
Will Intermittent Fasting Slow Down My Metabolism?
There are false claims out there saying that, fasting or even skipping a meal can slow down your metabolism, and will even advice you to eat several small meals a day. If you eat normally when you are not fasting, your body will not need any adjustments during the fasting periods, thus your metabolism will remain at its fat burning peak.
There is a difference between dieting and intermittent fasting. Dieting involves going for long periods of time without food, or depriving our bodies enough nutrients. Unfortunately, going for long periods without food can significantly reduce your metabolism. This is called the starvation response or the starvation mode; because our bodies adapt to the amount of energy we burn and the calories that we eat.
Thus, in as little of three days of a calorie controlled diet, your metabolism will adjust and even stop burning fat, significantly slowing down the fat burning process. This does not happen with intermittent fasting. This is because the less frequent eating in intermittent fasting does not decrease ones metabolism unless you have continually fasted for many days. In fact, fasting for less than two to three days can have the opposite effect of increasing your metabolism.
**There's also the benefits of the body 'recovering' on fast days, reducing the risk of certain diet related diseases.
I don't binge on junk during feast days, I eat a very healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, muesli, nuts, seeds, whole grains and natural yoghurt.
Last edited by 2BlueBirds; 01-10-2014 at 16:00.
Hi girls I am going to join you! I've been reading along and today is my 2nd fast day. I fasted on Tuesday and didn't find it too bad.
I've got about 15kg to lose but my first goal is 7kg.
I've been doing exercise 3-4 times a week along with strength training so I hope I'm on right track.
My main problem is finding suitable recipes for meals on my fast days. I've got a veggie spiral thingo and it's great but I struggle in how to serve it. So boring on it's own!
Yes, fast days are boring at times!
I usually have an omelette (1 fried egg, nothing else) with a tiny bit of dill, 6 fried grape tomatoes (with salt) and lettuce salad with a dash of balsamic vinegar.
I use a dash of olive oil in the frying (I've counted those calories)
Soups are good.
Search fast diet and 5:2 diet recipes
Or recipes under 300 Cals etc
I make DH a yummy cauliflower bake with bacon and cheese for his fast day lunch. 350 kcal a portion.
At night he usually has a soup and a yoghurt.
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