Fasting Diet (2 days per week)

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SuzyJane

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 04:42
Very Happy have been doing the fasting diet for 3 weeks now, basically reducing my calorie intake to 500 calories on 2 days of the week (Mondays & Thursdays. It takes some getting used to as 500 calories are soon consumed so you really have to get used to calorie counting and swapping a hotcross bun that has 240 calories to something more substantial. On the remaining days you just eat as normal although I have tried to keep within 1500 calrories on those days. Some days I have gone over as been out or had couple of glassed of wine etc! but thats fine.
In all I am really plesaed as have almost lost 1 stone since starting - its really given me a kick start as it really is easy once you become used to it and don't cheat on the fasting days!
SherylPT13

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 06:35
I cringe when I read posts like this. You may lose weight like this, but it's not a healthy or sustainable way to lose it and keep it off. 500 calories is not enough to give you energy to get through a day - not even close. I know that when you get close to goal weight the last few pounds come off slowly . . . . . but this is not a good solution. Be healthy, don't just be thin.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
Spacey47

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 06:43
@SherylIPT13

its not necessarily unhealthy at all, human beings did not evolve to eat breakfast lunch and dinner everyday and short periods of going without are not harmful as long as the person is eating enough calories over the week/time to sustain themselves then it will have no negative affect

Its just another calorie management strategy that works for some people

personally i tend to not eat until about midday because i dont feel hungry in the morning i just eat my calories later in the day
SherylPT13

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 07:03
OK . . . . . but I think we're talking about different things here. Not eating because you're not hungry and fasting are not the same.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
jonnybadback

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 07:16
Fasting is not unhealthy so long as you count the calories. It produces an average calorie count which to some is mire sustainable than a deficit everyday. Some people will tell you It is sustainable as you can balance your calorie intake so that there is no weight loss. I am no scientist so cannot state what the chemical and biological benefits are. all i can say is that i lost 2 stone using as a tool to an end, also my energy levels went up and i noticed my skin was clearer abductions supple (that does not say it would be the same for others). Hunger? Never noticed it
eKatherine

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 08:10
Fasting is not unhealthy as long as on the average you get enough protein. Otherwise, longterm you could lose lean body mass.
schlupdeb

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Posted: 29 Apr 2013, 09:00
I've just started this diet too, read up on it and you'll see it's not unhealthy.
ALotOfSoul

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 00:04
Im also using the 5:2 methodology. One of the 'Healthy' attributes to this plan is that it helps me keep educated about my food choices, both calories and nutritional value.

Apart from weight loss and energy increase, I'm finding that it also helps with discipline. Its also nice to look forward to a non-fast day...
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kingkeld

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 01:32
Intermittent Fasting WORKS.

Might I suggest you watch this:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2363162206/

To me, learning about 5:2 has COMPLETELY changed everything, and I am glad it did. I'm on a Low Cal Day today, actually, and these days are really the days where my body feels the best. I'm not even phased or challenged by it. Smile
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
ALotOfSoul

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 04:55
Kingkeld, I'm on 'fast' day today too lol...felt pretty good all day. I am looking forward to some room to move tomorrow without overdoing it of course Wink
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kingkeld

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 05:44
It's all a matter of remaining in control of what you do. Fasting makes things easier, I find, for so many reasons. Just make ABSOLUTELY sure that the other days don't become free-for-alls...
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
ALotOfSoul

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 06:22
Agreed. For me so far, fasting days make me appreciate normal days. As you said, Control is key! Don't want to undo all the hard yards by blowing out your RDI
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rigtenzin

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 14:45
kingkeld: The video is no longer available. What is the title? Or do you have another source?
Rollinginmud

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 02:00
I've heard lots about fasting, but is it a bad idea to exercise on fasting days? I exercise a lot and I do sports.
eKatherine

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 09:11
Rollinginmud wrote:
I've heard lots about fasting, but is it a bad idea to exercise on fasting days? I exercise a lot and I do sports.


When you go to bed, your body uses up the food you have eaten and switches to a "fasted" mode. This lasts until you wake up and eat something. That's why you don't wake up in the middle of the night famished, needing to eat because 6 or 8 hours have passed since your last meal. That's also why it can be a lot easier to skip breakfast than to eat breakfast and skip lunch. Your body thinks you are a hunter-gatherer, and you need to go out and forage for food.

It is not bad to exercise on your fast days. If you do something really extreme, you might get tired quicker. But exercising fasted means training your body to burn fat. When you exercise on an empty stomach, the calories you burn come from your fat stores.

What do strength athletes like powerlifters do? They eat before and/or after exercising to make sure they don't lose weight.

I always exercise fasted. I exercise in the morning before eating, and I don't eat until the next meal. I'm leaner than I've been in my life.



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