I don't know if this is completely against the rules but I am not actually a mum - but this is by FAR the best thread chatting about 5:2 and I have felt like a bit of a weird lurker over the past couple of weeks. Happy to head off elsewhere if this is only for those with offspring!
I started 5:2 six fasts ago - so three weeks, today is my seventh and I'm struggling as I had a glass too many last night.
In the past I lost 5 and a 1/2 stone through weight watchers. At my lowest after work and home stress I was down to 11st4 from a high of 16st10 five years ago.
I am now at a starting weight of 11st13 (I'm 5'10) starting at 12'4 three weeks ago and I want to see 10st on the scales for the first time in my life! But I just cannot bear to go back to the days of counting everything and having a nightmare trying to eat out with friends. And WW low calorie wine is just a depressing thought.
1) Am I fasting right? I stop eating after dinner on a normal day and then try and make it until about 3 or 4pm before having a miso soup or some avocado or fish - never more than 100 cals. then wait until 8pm for a fullish evening meal. Then I start to eat normally again the following morning.
2) I find is that I need at least 400 cals in the evening meal to have any chance of getting to sleep -which leaves me with barely anything to play with during the day - I almost always go to 550 / 570 during the days as I just cannot seem to stick to 500 once you factor in every sip of skimmed milk or every extra pea. Is this ok or would I be getting much better results sticking to the 500?
Snacks crap aren't they. Whoosh 1000 calories used up between meals, not even on things you really wanted to eat in fact on thing you know you'll regret or on things you know are bad for you and never shared with those you love
Meals wonderful things plan ahead, structure the menu enjoy the preparation enjoy the presentation enjoy the eating even more so when those you love say thankyou at the end for a delicious repast and a pleasant hour sat together eating well without distraction
I've started treating my body nicely on Fast Days. I have a long luxurious shower with my best gel, and I've got a bottle of Clarins Body Lotion that I ONLY use on fast days. I think this helps me to look forward to them and get in the right frame of mind, rather than see it as a negative deprivation experience. I also try to time any hair appointments or facial or nails for Fast Days too. If all else fails, I'll paint my toenails.
Interesting thing I just clocked on TDEE put in my height and weight and then played with age ..... 18 years = 1669 calories 28 years = 1613 38 years = 1557 48 years = 1500 58 years = 1444 68 years = 1387 78 years = 1331
My biggest tip is to have some little treat that you only ever ever have on a fast day. Mine is a low calorie hot chocolate. I know I can only ever have it last thing on a fast day and it gets me through.
Yours might be smoked salmon, luxury prawns, whatever.
On one day, when I was very tempted, I allocated calories to one very, very small (75ml) glass of very good white wine we happened to have in the fridge. Knowing I could have that if and when I kept to my fast was a real motivator. I don't drink on fast days, or on more days than not, but this was a day I needed motivating.
As an adult a person has a pattern of eating ( method z ) that results in them being overweight (at size a ) They go on a diet restricting calories all the time ( method y ) until they get down to "target weight" ( size b ) and then they come "off the diet" and rapidly return eating as per method z and hence size a
But actually "diet" just means "what you eat" So you need to eat the right amount to stay stable at size b for ever ( method x ). By chance, if you are starting from size a eating method x you will lose weight. But because method x is nice : healthy meals, no excessive restriction, it becomes the new normal and you stay at size b for the rest of your life
creamtea1 a huge well done to you for losing 3 stone! That is fantastic, it's given me great encouragement. Can I ask how long it took you ? Did you fast for more than 2 days per week ? On the NFD's day you limit calories or did you eat normally.
Feeling cold Yup, you will. You've done the equivalent of taking off two or three winter coats.
TiP's tip 1 : stand up to be on the computer. Adjust your desk or put the laptop on the kitchen counter. You stay MUCH warmer standing up.
TiP's tip 2 : do not turn the heating up in the whole house. Pick a room - ideally one with a sunny window. Colder houses make you burn more calories so aid your weight loss.
TiP's tip 3 : If like me you get really cold hands (Raynauds) , get a big fleece or jumper and keep the sleeves down over your hands .... remember to remove said manky jumper before going out to places
TiP's tip 4 : If you are really struggling, these are great www.marksandspencer.com/Heatgen-Long-Sleeve-Thermal-Top/dp/B0038FRUJS - or any thermal top ....
TiP's tip 5 : If in doubt, move around. Activity breeds activity, warms you up and burns calories. Blitzing a cupboard is a good workout and makes you feel better.
LOOK AT EVERY BITE YOU TAKE Eating mindfully and with awareness seems to have made a big difference to those starting from high weights and with past food issues.
Eat what you like - 400g bar of dairy milk in one go. Fine. But look at each and every square before you put it in your mouth and decide if you actually want / need to. - Family pack of crisps after supper. Fine. But do not just shovel from bag to mouth. Lift out each crisp and look at it before scoffing.
Mealtimes Turn off the telly, turn down the radio unless it is music, sit around the table Make a point of looking at your food on the fork before you eat it. Also then you'll stress less over what the kids are doing. Meals will take longer, but you will savour them more.
And I'll be gobsmacked if eating mindfully makes fat people eat more or scrawny people eat less.