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    5:2 diet

    Need to shift some excess weight, giving this a go and wondered if anyone else has had any experience.

    Basically you eat normally for five days of the week and eat only 600 calories on two days of the week.

    I started yesterday and had a 600 calories lunch only. Got through an hour of circuit training ok last night and eating normally today until Friday when I will eat only 600 calories again. Then I'll eat normally over the weekend and start again Monday.

    Will report how I get on!

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    Good luck. Some people have done it at work with good effects. I've not seen it done alongside training.
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    Flip, 600calories and still doing circuit training. Did you have anything to aid recovery after that? I can't imagine that your workouts on the 600calorie day would be of much value without quality fuel to burn. But if it works...

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    I had a go when I'd had a lazy 12 months and needed to shift some excess, did a couple of weeks but found that the lack of energy meant my running wasn't as good as it should have been, I sort of decided that more calories would let me run harder and therefore shift more weight.

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    Do you train 7 days a week ? If not, then as suggested above, might be best not to coincide a fast day with a training day if at all possible. After hard training then the body need fuel to repair itself

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    I think I'm settling on the French Diet.
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    'I think I'm settling on the French Diet'

    That's a shame, I almost stood on a large toad on the pavement at the end of my run last night, rather than shepherding it across the pavement and into the grass as I did, I could have squashed it and donated the legs :-)

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    Did it for 18 months and it works a treat and it allowed gym sessions without any ill effects.

    Went from 14st down to 11st 7lb and ran my best for a full summer.

    Tu & Th were diet days, rest were normal eating and Saturday night was ale.
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    I did this last winter for several months and found it quite effective with slow loss of weight. I would be on it now (or at least 1 day a week) but for 7 weeks of a nasty virus has laid us both low - not the time for draining energy reserves with diets.

    My observations are that beware of energy levels dropping off during training, I was trying to do distance work but would just bonk after an hour, although I never tried anything long the immediate day after fasting the cumulative effect was quite draining.
    I also found after a couple of months it became less effective, this was mainly my fault, as combined with some form of training every day I was hungry, the day after fasting I started to "over compensate" with food, big cooked breakfast for starters and having odd cravings for certain foodstuffs, probably more food than I needed! It was very enjoyable though, stuffing myself with lots of treats and NOT putting weight on.
    After a few weeks we quite looked forward to the fasting days, always did a Monday to get over the weekend overindulgences and then a Thursday so we could enjoy the weekend and I would have a bit of food in me for weekend training.

    Hope it works for you, probably the only diet or eating programme that I could stick to and would certainly do 1 day a week to feel better and hold my weight steady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daletownrunner View Post
    'I think I'm settling on the French Diet'

    That's a shame, I almost stood on a large toad on the pavement at the end of my run last night, rather than shepherding it across the pavement and into the grass as I did, I could have squashed it and donated the legs :-)
    TBH, I was just planning on adding a thick layer of butter and/or cream to everything I eat. Bread, pasta, biscuits, apples, cereals.

    Reckon that'll do.
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