5:2 Diet Thread: Part Four! Sit down, have a cuppa..

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GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 20-Sep-12 22:36:04

The continuing thread for those of us following either the 5:2 diet or the alternate-day fasting diet. Both are two versions of Intermittent Fasting, which you can read more about here.

The 5:2 diet was featured on Horizon recently, and essentially requires you to fast for 2 non-consecutive days per week. The other 5 days, you can eat what you like. Alternate-day fasting is just how it sounds; you fast every other day. By "fasting", we mean that we keep our calorie consumption very low, around 500 calories on average, on those days.

Here is a list of the links we've gathered so far about this diet. I hope I haven't left many out, but it was a 40 page thread! This is a good start for anyone, though:

First things first, here is a link to our previous thread, which we've outgrown. Lots of good support and ideas still to be found there. Here is the thread before that..

Here is the link to the BBC article regarding Michael Mosley's findings, which was featured on Horizon.

Here is a link to the first part of the aforementioned Horizon, subsequent parts of that episode are linked on that page.

A blog post here gives some of the scientific explanation for why this way of eating helps you to not only lose weight, but improve your all-around health.

A Telegraph article which comments on the diet and gives a brief overview.

A study discussed here gives commentary specifically addressing the effect of this diet on obese people (both men and women), with regard to both health and weight loss. ("After 8 weeks of treatment, participants had an average 12.5 lbs reduction in body weight and a 4 cm decrease in waist circumference. Total fat mass declined by about 12 lbs while lean body mass remained relatively constant.) it also mentions "Plasma adiponectin, a protein hormone that is elevated in obesity and associated with heart disease, dropped by 30%. As did LDL cholesterol (25%) and triglycerides (32%).")

Important link if you are currently your ideal BMI: this appears to suggest the benefits for women at a lower BMI might not be seeing the same health benefits that are found on men at their ideal BMI.

And for those already fasting, here is a link to 100 snacks under 100 calories. smile

Another food link, here is a link to the BBC Goof Food site, with a list of low-calorie soups.

We often mention basal metabolic rate (BMR) here. This refers to the amount of energy (calories) a person uses when at rest; so, the basic number of calories a person needs to stay the same weight. This number is often quoted as being 2000 calories for the "average" woman, but of course is different depending on how tall you are, how much you weigh, etc. Here is a calculator which will easily help you to find out what your BMR is.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who have been contributing, btw. Most of us are new to this diet. All of the links above have been posted by others in our previous thread, and they've been very helpful. Sorry if I haven't given credit where it's due, but it was just enough of a job getting them all in one post this afternoon. wink

Come join us, and tell us about your experiences with this diet!

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Ezzza Sun 27-Jan-13 05:43:15

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GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 05-Nov-12 16:12:43

starlady this thread is almost full so we've closed it and moved on to a new thread, you can find it here.

As a short response, though: I think a ready meal is an alright way to keep track of calories (not sure pasta would be my personal choice on a fast day, but you will have to learn for yourself what works for you!)

Remember though, you have to keep track of everything on fast days, including milk in coffees. smile

I keep my calories for the evening on fast days, too, btw. It's easiest, and it does mean you can have a decent meal in the evening.

Come over to the new thread and say hello there!

starlady Mon 05-Nov-12 14:55:16

Anyone ... it's my first day today - just had tea and 2 coffees with minimal milk. Am planning on having waitrose spag with meatballs in a at 507 calories. Not as healthy as other options I've read about ... but would prefer to have as little to do with food as pos. Opinions anyone?

TalkinPeace2 Sat 20-Oct-12 14:24:03

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Come and visit number 5 - actually soon we'll be on number 6 !

PS - exercise is absolutely fine on fast days :-)

Jester2050 Fri 19-Oct-12 16:08:27

Hi, I watched the Horizon program recently and started the diet yesterday (wish me luck).

Yesterday was my 1st fast day and was surprisingly ok.

I consumed appx 600 cals yesterday and am finding it quite interesting in working out portions/cals etc....

I am currently planning on fasting on my non-exercise days (Monday & Thursday), but am interested to know if exercise on a fast day is a "no no".

smile

QuaintIrene Mon 08-Oct-12 10:47:23

Fasting today and wondering how I'm going to get through a reception this evening. Cucumber batons in bag?

GreenEggsAndNichts Sun 07-Oct-12 17:54:35

Just started the new thread over here, hopefully all links work etc.

Have added links to the other threads, the recipe thread and the tip there, into the intro, as well as changing around a few things.

Laska42 Sun 07-Oct-12 17:32:27

Hello again fast day here, but i've stuck at 10st 9 now for three days so I'm owning it! (the scales even briefly showed 10.8 one daysmile). So that makes 11 lbs down now . I think I'm just starting week 7 but cant quite remember...
have made great soup that I'm scoffing as I type. Carrot lentil tomato red pepper and with rosemary thyme and chilli .. Wow its fab (though I may have put in a tad too much chilli and that's saying something for me !grin) .. ill post it on the recipe board later..

Thanks in advance to greeneggs for a new thread.. I cant believe how fast we've rattled through this one!

MollysFolly Sun 07-Oct-12 16:46:25

Name changes - PAH!! All the witty/humorous/smutty names I wanted to change to (I was 2012fan) had already been taken!!

TalkinPeace2 Sun 07-Oct-12 14:44:50

LOL greeneggs
I'd love to get the 2 off my name but MN central still have no idea why the original account locked - it being my name everywhere else :-)

TalkinPeace2 Sun 07-Oct-12 14:42:13

French
serve a part of a portion - you can always reheat the rest later
BUT
your portion is WAY too big - think size of a cigarette packet ....

crackerjack
hope you did not go for the subway - those things are cheap because they are loaded up with cheap ingredients - salt, fat, sugar - where you least expect it.

try to hold out for a nice small wholemeal roll with a small strongly flavoured filling from home ( ham and STRONG stilton etc)

GreenEggsAndNichts Sun 07-Oct-12 14:41:57

If you've had nothing for breakfast, and soup for lunch, I think you can push the boat out for Sunday dinner. However, as hoops says, do you think you need a full portion of pie? Even before this WOE, I always found savoury pies very filling, and often would only eat the filling and perhaps a little crust. It's up to you.

(I rather like stew, probably prefer it to pie if I'm honest. grin My beef and guinness stew over a bit of potato is one of my favourite winter meals)

Tis a non-fast day here and there's a distinct lack of interest in food due to the neverending illness in the house. I've had a salad for lunch (there was cheese on it, so I'm not trying to sound virtuous. I love salad) and will have some coffee in a little while. That might be accompanied by a square or two of chocolate, if we've got the dark stuff around. I think I'm doing a pot of split pea soup for dinner.

I've got the OP for the next thread ready to go, shall put it up this evening. Fair warning for those of you planning to name change. wink (If you do, please identify yourself in your first post in the thread! I can never keep track of those things! I'd like to change my own name one of these days, if I can ever come up with something clever enough)

awaywego1 Sun 07-Oct-12 14:40:29

I'd go for a small portion-what's important is that you don't feel like you are denying yourself-think of this as a long term woe (I should also take my own advice blush)

It's been an eating weekend for me-have eaten what I wanted but been more aware and willing to go between meals without snacking which is good progress. Although have had a bit of wine and some delicious tiramisu!

Weigh in tommorow eek! and a fast day which I'm a bit anxious about as its coming toward totm and am having some weird side effects with Meds I'm taking but will see how I go-if I need to eat more than 500cals I will.
Well done to all the weekend fasters grin

hoops997 Sun 07-Oct-12 14:27:43

Can't you have half a portion? Although if its a feed day, it shouldn't matter about calories today? I know what you mean though, I still track cals on a feed day

frenchfancy Sun 07-Oct-12 14:18:28

Just checked the cals of the pie for later - comes out at 1350cals per portion (gulp) and that isn't counting the mash I was going to serve it with. sad Pudding adds another 500 cals.

Before doing this WOE I would never have checked. Probably explains why I am overweight!

So do I go for pie or just have stew?

Thelittlestranger Sun 07-Oct-12 12:59:52

I've been away for the weekend, and have just had to catch up with this thread, phew!

Welcome to the new posters!

Hoops, I have noticed a difference too, and I'm much more regular now.

Ruby, I was breast feeding my 11 week old when I first started this nearly 5 weeks ago. I have ow stopped, but I did find that he seemed to get hungry quicker the morning after a fast day. And my boobs seemed really flat. So, I would suggest keeping an eye on it. I continued until 2 weeks ago, and didn't stop because of the diet.

Had a yummy weekend of food, and looking forward to my fast tomorrow..

frenchfancy Sun 07-Oct-12 11:48:53

Feed day today, but I didn't feel like breakfast so I didn't have any. In the past I would have always eaten breakfast as I thought I couldn't last til lunch without eating, now I know better.

Only having soup for lunch as well. I would make it a fast day but I am planning pie for dinner with bread and butter pudding for afters smile

HappyOrchid Sun 07-Oct-12 10:46:30

Not been in for a while.
Week 8 is over and my fast day on Friday didn't quite go to plan, prolly around 650 cals, but hey-ho just cut down a bit yesterday and carried on.

Tomorrow is weigh in and I really don't think I've lost anything this week, but on the flip side I haven't done any exercise either. Will eat whatever catches my eye today & fast M / W / F next week, which will be Week 9 and so far lost approx 6lb. Need to lose a further 4lb to have a 'normal' BMI and an additional 8lb to be back to my favourite weight.

TBH I think with a bit of effort its achieveable. Good luck to all those fasting today.

CrackerJackShack Sun 07-Oct-12 09:08:33

On my 2nd fast day today. Haven't had anything yet and I'm pretty hungry. Thinking of splurging it all on a 6inch sub at subway, which will come to 472 calories....

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