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LowCarbFemme...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 07:52
I am new to 5:2...need to shake these last few pounds and thought it great to be part of a challenge. Open to all Fatsecret members.

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PontJieBoTTe...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 08:37
You will have to give step by step daily instructions - in advance for the next day - for the slow ones here (that's me - in case you were wondering) *lol*
LowCarbFemme...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 10:45
Haha its quite easy (I think, I hope lol) You basically fast for two days a week (not consecutively) so you could do it Monday/Thursday or Monday/Weds, Tues/Thursday, Tues/Friday...whatever works for you. I wouldn't suggest the weekend, this is normally when temptation abounds for so many of us. On your fast days you don't exceed 500 calories. The other 5 days, they say you can whatever you like and don't need to count cals, but personally for me I would still be on guard on the "off" days.
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Mokakiss

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 09:55
I've joined the challenge as well. I think eating 500 calories on fast days is definitely do able. I just need to remember to not dwell on the fact that it's a fast day and to drink, drink, drink (water, of course Smile). Thanks for starting this challenge LowCarbFemme.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 14:50
Just a tip, pick your calories wisely. Cereals, crackers, protein bars are high in calories and are empty calories (no nutrients). I was once tempted to eat a serving of goldfish crackers and instead baked a 4 oz fish fillet and had a huge salad and it was actually less calories. Veggies are low in calorie and you can eat a lot of them (greens especially). A hardboiled egg is only 70 calories and protein is very sustaining. Cottage cheese (1/2 cup) is low in calories. I eat about 100 calories for breakfast and another 100 calories for lunch. Then have an early dinner saving the remaining 300 calories. But mix it up and see what works for you.
Mokakiss

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 08:50
Thanks mrspackrat for the suggestions. I'm low on vegetables at home, so I'll be stocking up this weekend. I will plan on big leafy green salads with a protein for dinners on fasting days.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 13:10
If you get tired of salads, I also sautee spinach, turnip greens or kale in fat-free chicken broth (low sodium). Great way to cook greens and you only need a 1-2 tablespoons (kale needs more softer leaves like spinach) which is hardly anything in calories. I sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top too. Goes great with baked fish.
LowCarbFemme...

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 04:33
Mokakiss - you are very welcome!

mrspackrat - Those are great tips. Definitely going to focus on nutrient rich foods. Don't want to waste my cals lol Wink
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mrspackrat

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 06:44
Another one of my favorites is 1/4 c cooked steel cut oats with vanilla and cinnamon mixed with 1/2 c of blueberries and 1/8 c crushed walnuts. I think it's just over 100 calories and very filling.
BaniCedar

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 16:17
Sounds really good. I typically add a 1/2 of unsweetened almond milk as well for another 17 calories, which still keeps it well within the 200 mark that I aim for in the mornings. In the evenings I have found that miso soup made with onions, vegetables and a bit of tofu is also a great low cal, but filling dinner.
karimab

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 03:49
I started the 5:2 yesterday ~ It went really well. I didn't have breakfast at my usual time, but instead waited for hunger pangs, so I had porridge made with water at 11:30. Then had a skinless baked chicken breast and a huge salad at 6. I felt so full Smile I mostly drank herbal tea and water throughout the day. The only thing I did notice was that my feet were extremely cold.... anyone else had this? I slept like a log though. Shopping for more adventurous lo-cal goodies for tomorrows fast day today, as I really don't want to get stuck in a rut with porridge, salad and chicken.
balfie

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Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 03:03
I used to get really cold on fast days, but dont seem to any more.
I do that too, dont have breakfast and go as long as I can through the day before eating. I find if I do feel hungry, a big mug of tea takes them away - I drink loads of redbush tea, I love it. And also water.
Recently sometims I have gone all day without eating, means I have all 500 calories for dinner Smile
Robotman

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Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 00:33
I tried to start 5:2 last year, but got discouraged when I discovered that each fasting day is 36 hours, and not 24 as described in the book.

However, as my weight increased more during the xmas break, I re started 5:2 on 5th January. Yes, I'm doing 36 hours fasting twice a week.

I've lost nearly 4 kg, down from my 99.4 kg by the end of 2014 to 95.7 and I am happy.

It gets easier with practice. But preparation is the key to success. You must know what you will eat on your fasting days, so that you are not tempted to break your fast or exceed your Cals quota.

I am now reading Fast Exercise, and plan to combine that type of exercise with my 5:2.

Let's see what happens. Very Happy
Robotman

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Posted: 28 Apr 2015, 01:34
A quick update. I broke through the 90s. Smile

As of last Friday, I weighed 89.3.

Nine kilos to go for my primary goal. 4 Kilos to go for my new secondary goal.

And I still get to eat my delicious BBQ Pork Ribs.
Robotman

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Posted: 12 May 2015, 01:39
Well, after 2 weeks of gaining 100 gms each, I finally broke through 89 kgs. Yup, I managed to lose 600 gms last Friday. Yay!

Only 9 kgs to go to my primary goal, and still 4 kgs to go to my new secondary goal.

I'm holding on from buying new clothes till I get to my primary goal. I am enjoying wearing loosely clothes that used to be too tight.

Great stuff!
Ang G

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Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 03:13
I am so happy to have broken into the 80kg group....even if it is just 89.8kg Smile
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