just curious if anyone has had success with 5:2 diet? I am interested to know if you calorie counted on the other days (non fast)? I would like to have a break from calorie counting and just focus on eating slightly less to normal on the other days.
Would this still work?
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19-08-2014 15:29 #1
5:2, some general queries
19-08-2014 15:36 #2
I watched the Michael Mosley documentary about it and have some close friends that have done it with great success. Being pregnant, I haven't been able to give it a go myself.
The whole point of the diet is that you have two very low calorie days but then don't calorie count on other the five days - you can eat whatever you want (junk food included if you're that way inclined). My friends who've done it found that after a few weeks you automatically start to eat less on the other five days. You simply can't fit in as much food any more and you don't need it.
Either check out the documentary or read the book. Both should answer all the questions that you have about how/why it works.
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19-08-2014 15:38 #4Senior Member
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I haven't done it but good luck!
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I had some success on this back before TTC our 3rd child. I found it easier to do the 'Fast' days whist at work as I was so busy I couldn't obsess about food Fast days consisted of coffee for breakfast, rice crackers with tomato and miso soup for lunch, dinner was usually scrambled eggs with baked beans and tomato for dinner.
I also found sticking to similar foods on the fast days much easier rather than preparing the meals in the book.
Interestingly I didn't pig out on my feast days (as I thought I would) I learnt alot about the calories/kilojoules of different foods whilst fasting and thought twice before overindulging. It's also good for making sure you stick to the two 'alcohol free days'
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19-08-2014 17:32 #7
Subbing, keen to try this.
19-08-2014 17:47 #8
Subbing too. I have never heard of this before. Am going to read along if that's ok
19-08-2014 18:08 #9Senior Member
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I tend to not eat till 1-2pm then I have egg and salad or tuna and salad or soup . Dinner either eggs on toast or turkey bolognaise with zucchini 'noodles' or more soup! I make everything so I know exactly how many calories ( using my fitness pal) and don't use things like oil when cooking - surprisingly high in cals! Lots of water and herbal teas too.
It's a fairly easy weight loss if you are consistent and honest- 500 cals 2 days a week, around 2000 cals the other days.
The thought of fast days are harder than the actual day - although I find it really hard to sleep well that night which seems to be a really common complaint.
19-08-2014 18:35 #10
I ate salad for lunch (no cheese) with either plain tuna or those tuna tins with flavour or a boiled egg. Other than that I usually had a cup of tea with sugar at some point and that was it! It sounds really hard but after a few fasts you get use to it, I did feel like crap for the first few though. On my feast days I ate whatever I wanted, one week I had junkfood 3 times on feast days and still lost 700g It really does cut down your appetite so you do find yourself eating less on feast days after a few weeks. I did at one point find myself fasting every second day without noticing which I stopped as I was still breastfeeding and I was worried about not getting enough nutrients.
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