I have been IFing intermittently (sorry) for about 3 years. I have lost 3 stones in that time.
I had done a lot of reading about it before the Mosley programme. I spent hours in the medical library in Bristol and the Uni library at work. I read exercise physiology and endocrinology journals for months. **
Eventually I found a really simple guide/How To, JUDDD (Johnsons Up Day Down Day Diet), and it was really easy to follow. I followed all of his advice, basically there is only 1 rule: eat your calories. So that and finding the fasting pattern that suited me I ended up with my own version of 5:2.
I have lost 3 stones and dropped loads of fat, did anyone else notice that back fat just disappears one night? I was dress size 20 ish and am now close to size 14. And none of it hurt - OK the first week was a nightmare. oh the headaches, but that was all.
I haven't dieted at all this year. I gave myself time off to move house and get settled in. So on Monday I lept on the scales for the first time this year... I have gained weight, a whole 4lbs! I did check on 2 other scales, that is right, 4lbs, in 7 months. With no conscious regulating.
I knew IFing had given me a 'Full Button' but I didn't know it was fully functional even when I wasn't thinking about dieting!
So, I have started again. I have 1 more stone to lose, well 1 stone and 4lbs
**Sorry, I am always torn between saying, I have a lot of experience and information in health and exercise etc and trying not to sound like I am trying to boast. But I have a Masters degree and 15 years experience working with the NHS dieticians, fitness instructing and lecturing in physical activity and health.
But I am also physiologically broken and desperately trying to regain the fitness levels and weight I used to have.
BigChoc, any help/information on HIIT will be read with interest, as I can't exercise much any more. So I need to find a new way of exercising that I can cope with. I'll have a look and see what you have already posted....
Again thanks for letting me know this forum exists
Lots of info on the Exercise thread. You sound pretty expert, but sometimes an independent opinion is useful I'm quite used to suggesting customised routines, according to: fitness levels, gym or home or park, available time etc
HIIT and IF are both based on the principles of Hormesis, so I really nudge folks towards HIIT, Fast Fitness and Fast Strength blasts. Anyway, post something there and let's see.