Alternate day fasting

(148 Posts)
mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:46:01

Is anyone watching BBC2?

There's a programme on with Michael Molesley about the benefits of it - it's very interesting and seems to have lots of health benefits.

Has anyone tried it?

Not done alternate day, but I have recently gone over to a Paleo + dairy diet, and I have gone a couple of 7 hour stretches without either food or hunger, which for me would have been impossible before.

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:58:33

Seventh, how have you found it? Have you lost any weight?
How do you feel?

Badvoc Mon 06-Aug-12 22:08:57

Just been watching it mumofjust1.
Very interesting.
Been doing low carb for over 2 weeks now and it's ok but I am eating stuff I don't normally and am worried about all the fat!
Might try it....500 calls isn't a lot though for fast days...although I guess soup and fruit could work!
I think I could do it as long it my 2 days weren't over the weekendsmile

Badvoc Mon 06-Aug-12 22:09:35

The effects on his glucose and cholesterol were pretty amazing weren't they?

TeamGBIWI Mon 06-Aug-12 22:11:37

Damn. I forgot all about this. Presumably it will be on iPlayer?

Badvoc Mon 06-Aug-12 22:15:40

I think so biwi.
It was very very interesting.

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 22:47:59

Badvoc, yes, I was really surprised by the results.

Trying to find more info online - would like to give it a go smile

Biwi, should be on iplayer, yep.

keepmoving Mon 06-Aug-12 22:52:31

Interesting to see the possible physical and mental heath benefits. I seem to recall some MNetters taking part in 5;2 trials earlier this year. Is anyone still taking part? Would be good to see the longer term impact.

FelixCited Mon 06-Aug-12 22:59:25

I'd like to give it a go. Is it 600 calories on a fast day?
I have no idea about calorie values..
What can you eat for that?
It looked like he had scrambled egg and meat.
I don't eat fish, eggs or meat -
where can I find ' veggie meal' ideas?
I'm so calorie clueless blush

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 23:00:24

Felix - if you find any good info, please let me know smile

FelixCited Mon 06-Aug-12 23:01:43

Will do !

FelixCited Mon 06-Aug-12 23:06:33

5:2 diet

Yes it's 500 calories for women, 2 fast days per week.
Or are you doing the fast and feed diet? They showed earlier on?

noddyholder Mon 06-Aug-12 23:08:07

Fascinating dp wants to try. Think we might

FelixCited Mon 06-Aug-12 23:11:34

Im up for the 5:2 ... Once I've figured out what I can eat for 500 !

I will watch on iplayer (no TV). My clothes feel looser and I feel great, but as said, not done whole day fasting, just missing meals.

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 23:22:04

Was going to do the fast and feast one, but will have a look at your link

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 23:27:18

Felix, the 5:2 sounds good - are you going to try it? If so, I'll join you smile

Badvoc Tue 07-Aug-12 07:32:35

Think I am going to try it.
The 5:2 one

LookBehindYou Tue 07-Aug-12 08:19:03

I watched it. Really interesting, especially about lowering the IGF-1 hormone.

ILoveStripeySocks Tue 07-Aug-12 08:22:43

Will watch with interest those who decide to try it! Good luck smile

Shagmundfreud Tue 07-Aug-12 09:34:09

I've literally JUST been watching on iplayer. Very interesting. I'm 46 and have been feeling old, fat and knackered recently. Thinking a lot about the increasing risks to my health as I get older. I'm definitely going to try this. I'll be motivated to do it for my children and my wider family.

FuntimeFelicity Tue 07-Aug-12 10:16:31

I too am very interested in this. I'm 37, only 5' and am just on the cusp of being overweight (9st 7lb). My family has a history of arthritis and especially knee problems and I really need to get my weight down by 10lbs or so.

I'm doing Weight Watchers (on the minimum points) but finding that I lose 1-1.5lb each week for 4 or 5 weeks, have a weekend off (wedding, weekend away, camping) and put at least 3lb back on. It feels like I'm losing and gaining the same 5lb over and over and over again sad.

I also know that my blood pressure is also bordering on high. Watching with interest.

On the plus side, I like black (and green) tea grin!

Pleiades45 Tue 07-Aug-12 10:28:49

It was an amazing programme. DH & I have started immediately on the 5:2. One question I do have is, do you have to have all your 500 calories in one go or can you spread them throughout the day? Either this wasn't touched or I missed it.

LookBehindYou Tue 07-Aug-12 10:30:35

He says in the bbc article that he had breakfast and dinner.

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