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    The 5:2 diet is not a fad, it actually does work. I used it for other reasons, and not to lose weight, but despite eating for England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland on the '5' days I still lost weight month after month - and I only weighed 60kg to start with!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    The 5:2 diet is not a fad, it actually does work. I used it for other reasons, and not to lose weight, but despite eating for England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland on the '5' days I still lost weight month after month - and I only weighed 60kg to start with!!!

    Can't argue with your experience and the benefits to your health, but you did yourself say that you had to give it up due to issues on the '2' days, which indicates it's probably not a sustainable choice.

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    I had to ditch it because it was too effective. I didn't adopt it for weight loss reasons, I did so for the benefits of intermittent fasting and the way it alters various metabolic pathways. I studied chemistry/biochemistry, and my first career was as a lab technician, so I was aware of the many benefits. I thought I could sufficiently overeat on the '5' days to compensate for the '2' ones, but it wasn't the case.

    I do a variant of it now where for two days a week I don't eat anything until 14:00 hours, giving my body a clear 17-18 hours without food. This way I get the full benefits of intermittent fasting without losing weight, and I go to bed on a full stomach and it's more socially compatible . I've been doing it 5 years and I'm not about to give it in. Unless anyone has got any better plans?

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    I'm with you on the going to bed on a full stomach. Usually eat at 8:30-9pm and it's often my largest meal of the day. But then I go through til 1pm without anything, except a spoonful or two of yoghurt etc when I first wake up.

    Just another way to keep the calories at a sensible level.

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    Just looked at the link; very impressive figures. I hope you have as much success in reaching your target weight Stagger

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    Beginning of day one Marco
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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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    200.0 dropped 5.25lb from Mon to Fri on 800 cals a day.

    Now see what happens between Fri to Mon eating normally.

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    Impressive. Keep at it Stagger

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