5:2 fasting diet - any experiences/views?

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kittenkat    pirate
07/02/2013 at 06:51
flyaway wrote (see)

I hate people who post without reading back.

I hate people who tell you they've posted without reading back!

kittenkat    pirate
07/02/2013 at 07:12

Anyway, on the general subject. My feelings about weight loss have always been not to start something that isn't going to become a permanant lifestyle change, I worry that quick fix weight loss isn't sustainable and fucks with your metabolism. However, except for losing pregnancy weight I've never been overweight or through the difficult process of having to lose it.

Dooz, I think there is something in the fasting thing. I don't feed my dog every day or at set times because naturally in the wild dogs wouldn't get regular meals. last time he got an MOT at the vets, we were lavished with praise for how healthy, well balanced and athletic he is.

I don't think we're designed to eat as society has dictated for social reasons. How many people have eaten when they don't need/want to just because it's breakfast/lunch/dinner 'time'?

07/02/2013 at 10:11

the problem with making weight awareness a lifestyle choice KK is that most diets/regimes/programmes - whatever you want to call them - are aimed at those, and taken up by those, who want a quick fix.  and often these are the people who can't see past the end of their noses to know that quick fixes are (usually) doomed to failure.

it often needs a big wake up call (illness often) or an epiphany to kick people into action on managing their weight and diet.  sadly, too many people just can't be arsed to even think about it as the UK obesity rates attest.

kittenkat    pirate
07/02/2013 at 19:08

FB, most of the people in my office are overweight, what I've noticed is that those that are can literally sit still in their seats for 8 hours a day. I have to figet, and get up and down and swap my chair for my ball and offer to make the coffee and offer to go down to the post room (3 flights of stairs away)

Doozer.    pirate
07/02/2013 at 19:15
Fast Day one nearly over!

Luckily I have been sat in a classroom allday with no access to food, except at lunch with a nice buffet lunch!

I have had 2x protein shakes with dr Shultz superfoods, a few black coffees lots of water, green tea, a couple of raw carrot sticks and for dinner a chicken breast with broccoli and carrots! Feel quite full after dinner, not sure of exact calories but it's certainly there or there abouts!

Looking forward to a hearty brekkie tomorrow
kittenkat    pirate
07/02/2013 at 19:29


Doozer.    pirate
07/02/2013 at 19:47
Not too bad, I'm drinking a lot more water than normal

Might be an early night and early breakfast
08/02/2013 at 10:19

well done Dooze - see if you can stick to that in week 10.....   

we've taken a slightly different approach to the fasting days by just cutting down the cals during the week since we came back from skiing - normal breakfast, low cal cuppa soups at lunch, evening meal with smaller portions and very little/no carbs (mainly just meat and veg), and cutting down on the booze.  eat normally at weekend and continuing the exercise regimes.  both of us are feeling more comfy in our clothes now so something's working.

08/02/2013 at 12:51

I've been doing this since last December (with a little break over Xmas and New Year cos I was on holday).  I've dropped nearly 2 dress sizes.

You definitely get used to the fast days and stop thinking about food so much, and I think it also helps to re-educate you about what a portion is - yes you can be satisfied after a small chicken breast and salad/veg and no, you do not need that pudding!

I find it also works psychologically as you can think, I'll have that cake tomorrow, and then often you find you don't really want it. 

I still train on fast days, but find hard swimming too difficult and tend to stick to short runs, cycling and weights type stuff. I think there are benefits to training without being fully fueled as it gets you used to not relying on sugar during training/races to get through.  Also the endorphine rush from running when you haven't eaten much is immense!!

Dooze - good luck!

Running Postie    pirate
10/02/2013 at 17:47
A guy in my office started this 5:2 diet and has lost 2 1/2 stone in 4 months, personally, I like my grid too much. I do try and stick to au natural and have been paleo- ing it since jan 1st and have lost 10 lb and feels tons better for cutting out, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread.
10/02/2013 at 19:55

Of all the places to read about it, the Daily Mail will be doing a bit on 5:2 fasting tomorrow (Monday)


meface    pirate
10/02/2013 at 22:27

Oh bugger has the 5:2 diet affected the price of my house? Or did Diana do the 5:2 diet?

flyaway    pirate
11/02/2013 at 10:10

Immigrants, coming over here, taking our diets....

Doozer.    pirate
11/02/2013 at 12:35

Fasting day two is underway.  Swim training tonight may be interesting

Tommygun2    pirate
12/02/2013 at 08:48

Today is my first day fasting. so I will see how it goes.

12/02/2013 at 09:02

I did a fast yesterday with a swim session in the evening and it was fine. I think I'm getting used to it and I feel quite well, with increased energy. I don't strictly count the calories though, just reduce the amount I eat my about 2 thirds. So yesterday was cornflakes for breakfast, a large bowl of fresh broccoli soup for lunch and 2 boiled eggs with bread and marmite for tea before swimming. 

But if the Mail is on the band waggon I might stop with it, don't want anyone to think I read that.  


12/02/2013 at 10:21
m..eface wrote (see)

Oh bugger has the 5:2 diet affected the price of my house? Or did Diana do the 5:2 diet?

No, it can save you from cancer though http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2275971/The-Two-Day-Diet-saved-breast-cancer--late.html#axzz2Kc1uq8ZF

I fully expect them to have a contradictory article in a few months!

12/02/2013 at 10:35

bloody typical OTT article from the Daily Rant.

although the fasting diet is "thought" to confer some protection against the development of cancer and other diseases, there is no clinical evidence to say it does - it's all extrapolation from animal studies (mice mainly I think).  and to prove so would require an extensive and lengthy clinical trial which as far as I am aware hasn't been set in motion.

the only positive result from the diet is that it helps some people lose weight - and if that confers the other health benefits in some unknown way, fine

12/02/2013 at 10:37

Thats a shocking article - typical Mail. Losing weight could protect your health, who da thought i? grrrrrr - I hate the Mail. You'll get some crank now going on the diet instead of having radiotherapy or something.   

13/02/2013 at 09:19

Hello! Not wanting to spam, but xine pointed me in this direction and asked me to write something about fasting on my blog. So here it is if anyone is interested

Linky thing

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