The Inspirational 5:2 Thread(63 Posts)
ROLL UP ROLL UP… OVER HERE FOR YOUR INSPIRATIONAL WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTH BENEFIT STORIES
It has been suggested by the wonderful betsybell that a thread be started with some inspiring stories for us all.
I feel that there should be some disclaimers - we are all different, we gain weight in different ways and will lose differently. Similarly with health issues. Some stories here
mine to start with may be extreme.
Umm, that's about it I think...
So, I'll start with the first story.
After being some kind of overweight for the majority of my adult life, 2 csection kids and very badly damaged SI ligaments I decided to change my life on April 19th this year, half arsedly remembering a random article I'd read
in the daily fail and just threw myself into my first fast day.
My starting stats:
Weight: 14st 13lbs / 95kgs
Dress size: Busting out of 20s
Shoe size: 7-8
Ailments: Screwed up SI ligaments causing almost constant back spasms, Pernicious Anaemia with bad symptoms starting around 6 weeks into the 12 week jab cycle.
I had only tried GI diet (successful) and a brief stint of WW (points plan didn't work with me) before. I knew GI wasn't going to work again because I was too reliant on food I could throw in the oven or order in when I couldn't move because my back was completely spasmed out. I decided to calorie count on my NFDs, this was to make me better informed in my choices and suits me as I'm a stats geek.
My weight started falling off rapidly. Less bulk then meant I could get out and about a bit more. I also then started reducing the painkillers I was on for my SI ligaments, and then eventually started the 30 day squat challenge. I slowly built in more and more exercising, including elliptical trainer, static cycle and hula hooping as well as regularly walking into and out of our town instead of using the bus (saving money and getting in exercise).
29 weeks later my stats are:
Height: 5'5 (still)
Weight: 9st 11lbs / 62kgs
BMI: just under 23
Dress size: 8-10
Shoe size: 6-7
Ailments: SI ligaments still a little week but other than dull ache no real issue and no back spasms, Pernicious Anaemia with bad symptoms starting around 10 weeks into the 12 week jab cycle (MAJOR!!!!!)
I've been maintaining for those last two weeks, have lost a little but 9st 9lb to 9st 12lb is my 'acceptable' range I have decided.
You can click on my name and see my before and after pics.
OMG eat - what an inspiration; am insanely but I know it can be done, just hadn't realised it would be so quick for some bods! I've been struggling recently but having read your post I am now inspired to start again - have sabotaged today but will get back to it tomorrow. Wish me luck . and well done you . Thanks for starting this thread - I think it will fast become a favourite haunt for many .
PS watch out for my success story early next year!
Thank you eatriskier. Now I'll post up my less impressive stats - I note that we are now the same height and weight (ish).
I've had no physical problems but there's high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes lurking on both sides of my family so when I realised I'd put on 2 stone post babies and working from home in front of a screen. I was feeling not especially healthy (getting a bit puffed out when going up stairs, feeling lethargic) and I knew I needed to take control.
pre 5:2 stats
Start weight in September 2011- 13st6, 188lbs (85.3kg)
Size 14 to 16
BMI 31+ (obese)
January 2013 - 11st 2.8, (156.8lbs, 71.1kg)
I lost that weight by eating more mindfully and keeping a food diary and upping my levels of exercise in daily life and sporadic bouts of 'formal' exercise.
Started January 2013 having stalled around 11 stone for some time - the weight I'd spent most of my adult life at.
After 6 months: July 2013 9st11.8 (137.8lbs, 62.5kg)
BMI 22.8 (normal)
Size 8-10 on top, 10-12 trousers
I've now successfully maintained around this weight for 4 months with some rises (approx 5lbs each time) on holiday and then subsequent losses when I've got back onto 5:2. I have a loose goal of getting down to 9stone7, BMI 21 but am actually quite happy here so am in no hurry and have a habit of putting on several pounds on holidays which then take a while to lose again!
I feel fit and healthy, actively enjoy running around and am at least a stone lighter than I was when I was considered fairly slim in my early twenties. Best non scale victory was when I had to get rid of all my pre-baby nice clothes as they were all too big.
Another 5'5 person.
Max weight, just after DD was born 12 st 4
Biggest problem was crippling knee pain - unable to walk for several days every month.
Joined a gym and got fitter but no lighter.
Pregnant with DS was threatened with total knee replacement if I did not lose three stone.
Did WW and lost the three stone in 8 months : down to 9st exactly
but really, really struggled to keep it all off.
Hovered between 9st 7 and 9st 10 for many years.
Last summer hit 10st.
Started 5:2 on 4th September 2012. By 18th December was 8st 12
I relax every holiday and get back on track every term time.
Was 8st 13 this morning.
Plan to stay at or near that for ever.
5'5" i've been hear since almost the first week, but sadly I cant compete with you lot for the stupendous weight loss ,and I'm not too sure I can be counted as a real success story really compared you you all who have posted here so far. but as I'm an 'old timer' I think id better post my experiences ..
I was 13st 10 when I got married married 7 years ago, sz 20, ( I started 5:2 last August at about 11.9 having struggled all those six years with weight watchers and other diets misery and then getting stuck on a 11.10ish plateau for about 3 years..
I thought that was it for me then , id always be overweight , but after discovering fasting in August 2012 and starting a day or so after the original Dr Ms programme aired I got down to 10st (sz 10) by christmas which I maintained with no problem until about end of June.
BUT then I went on holiday and then gave myself the rest of the summer off ... and sadly I'm now 10st 7,. I'm back fasting again now and hopefully will get back to 10st for this Christmas.
But I'm a right lazy cow, so my message is if I can lose on 5:2 then so can you, I dont exercise .....well sometimes half heartedly.....cant afford the gym in time or cash , though I did actually quite like that.. especially the rowing machine .. and have never found anything else I enjoy enough to stick at it ( except walking and cycling) .... in fact I'm supposed to be at Zumba now (said I would go) but quite frankly id rather curl up with a book.. ..
So probably not much of an inspiration then, but I can say that 5:2 has changed my life , I may not be at my 'goal weight' but on the whole I think I look fairly ok now .. (there's some photos on my profile if you want to see)
Started 5:2 1st Sept 2012.
5'6 (and a half)
Shoe size 7
I had gestational diabetes so am at a high risk of getting type2. My mum is almost crippled with arthritis - mostly due to being overweight pretty much all her life. I didn't want to turn out like that. BUT food is a big part of my life, if I am not cooking or eating I am planning what I am going to cook or eat. So diets had always been a no go area. I've lost bits of weight over the years for one wedding and another, but it always went straight back on. Until I found 5:2.
Now 65 Kg (10st3)
shoe size 6
I've now been pretty much stable since April. Put on the odd couple of pounds for holidays, then a couple of weeks and its gone again.
I don't think it is too much to say that 5:2 has changed my life. i look better, I feel better, I am more active. I am also much more aware of what I eat, if it doesn't taste great I don't eat it. No more panicking because it is lunch time and I need to find somewhere (anywhere) to eat. No more making do with unpleasant service station sandwiches or chocolate bars because I'm hungry.
Added to that DH has done it with me, also lost 15kg and started running again, so I got back the man I married
I can't put up any before and after photos as I am always the one with the camera, and haven't got out of the habit of avoiding it yet.
Thanks for the thread eatriskier. I'll pile in with my stats now.
Pre children I tended to hover around between 10st and 10st7, got up to 11st a few times. I was 11st between children and March this year, as ds2's first birthday was approaching I was 11st3, just creeping into overweight bmi for the first time. I decided to cut out fizzy drinks and went down to around 10st8
Started 5:2 at the start of July, I'd put on 4lbs on holiday so was 10st12. I started exercising in August- did the Shred (but only 3-4 times a week) now doing Six Week Six Pack.
Stats- height 5ft6
At start- 10st12
Body fat (per US Navy calculator)- 31% (obese!)
Body fat about 23% (fit).
BMI is about 21 now I think.
I feel so much better and have more energy despite having an 18mo that doesn't yet sleep through the night ever! I was replacing sleep with sugar when exercise would have worked better.
At the beginning of 2012 was 18 stone, had been off the booze for a year or so but still had lingering liver problems highlighted through blood tests and CT Scans. Lost a couple of stone during first half of 2012 by exercising and smaller portions (bought smaller plates ) and eating more veg.
Weight loss was kind of stalling though around July time 2012. Saw the Horizon programme and the science seemed to make sense, both for the weight loss and the health benefits so thought I'd give it a go so 2 days after the show did my first Fast, as had previously arranged to go for a curry with someone the day after the programme
Didn't know what to expect from the first Fast day but got through it and found strength from that. Anyway results were amazingly quick. Yes weight loss but more importantly a radical change in shape AND feeling 20 or 30 years younger.
Since Day 1 there have been of course highs and lows weight wise but for me this way of living or way of eating is amazing, it fits in so well with the world we live in a world full of reasonably cheap and accessible high calorie food and drink. But whenever I've put on half a stone or so it's been fairly simple to get off.
So 16 months after starting this I'm over 3 stone lighter than when I started and 70 lb lighter than the beginning of 2012. Instead of buying size 38 or 40 inch waist trousers I now buy 32 inch strides. My liver is shockingly fit and my cholesterol levels are 3.6 with a lot of that being the healthy type and my blood sugar levels being 4.5......not bad for a 46 year old
Without being overly dramatic I've got to say this has changed my life in a very positive, amazing and sustainable way.........Thank you Dr M
In January this year I was 14stone 7. Today I'm 10 stone 13. I have 6Ibs to go before I've lost a total of 4 stone in under a year (started 5:2 on 4 feb this year)
I'm not super fit or active and I'm at home with two toddlers all day but that's the beauty of this woe you can do it whatever your situation.
Starting weight (1 jan) 14 stone 7Ibs
Start inches - chest 42"
- waist 42"
- hips 45"
Started 5:2 on 4 feb. 2 500cal fasts a week. Every now and again throw in an extra one. So far no exercise done and I've not really restricted much on nfds, just more mindful and actually get full much quicker now. I'm also a pcos sufferer, and not only have I managed to lose weight (Impossible before) my periods are regular, my hormones seem to be balanced and I feel great mentally rather than slightly flat.
29 September 11stone 7Ibs
- chest 36"
- waist 36"
- hips 38"
11 nov - 10 stone 13
Goal weight 10stone 7Ibs, but I may review this and bump it to 10stone depends on how I look though.
All I can say is, if you haven't started yet or are thinking about it, just do it! It's the best, most effective thing I've ever done to lose weight.
Before and after photos:
Start weight and BMI in February 2012: 210lbs / BMI 36
Current weight and BMI in November 2013: 133lbs / BMI 22
Goal weight and BMI: 125lbs / BMI 21 (though I'm in no hurry to reach this)
I have never been that bothered about my weight and have generally been quite confident about my body, whatever the size, so I've rarely been on diets. But in the space of a few years both my parents suffered strokes, my father developed dementia, my mother had both knees replaced and is overweight, various family members have developed type 2 diabetes (and are obese) and I gave birth to my daughter in my late 30s. I realised I need to lose weight in order to enjoy my life with my daughter and be healthy for her sake. I vowed I would not let my weight force me to lead a physically compromised life as I aged. I vowed I would not end up being like my relatives. Yes, my weight was fine for me now, but as I got older? I looked at my family and realised I wouldn't age well at my weight.
So I took action, finally at the grand old age of 41!
I went from 210lbs to 164lbs using MyFitnessPal and eating 15% cut of my TDEE daily, which came to a nice 1800 calories a day. Logging calories really helped be learn about healthy, normal portion sizes so I am glad I went through the effort.
After a year of logging though, I was ready for a change and started noticing the 5:2 threads in Active Conversations. I read up on the WOE, watched the Horizon documentary, read the Mosley book and was convinced by the health benefits. On 5:2 I've gone from 164lbs to 133lbs and I'm still losing.
I find 5:2 so easy because I only have to think about calories twice a week. Those two days a week feel like I'm giving my digestion and body a weekly cleanse. Fasting has reset my appetite so that I am much more in tune with physical fullness and hunger. It means I'm eating smaller amounts overall and much healthier foods too. Yes, I still eat pizza and cake but they're more likely to be homemade these days because I'm far more conscious of what I put into my body.
I intend to maintain my weight doing intermittent fasting as I want to continue to profit from the health benefits. My DH is an uber-fit runner and weight lifter and has never been overweight in his life, yet he fasts once or twice a week too in order to reap the health benefits over the longterm.
My mil who is 75 and has been overweight her whole life has lost 2.5 stone in 5 months and is still losing with little efffort. Nothing else has ever worked. She was looking at wheelchairs and stairlifts and now she isn't. It's like a miracle. She has (almost) thrown away her walking stick.
I think this is amazing.
I can't compete with most of these inspirational stories as I wasn't overweight when I started the dietn but my 5:2 experience was as follows:
Height - 5'8
Starting weight - 9 stone 12 (63.5kgs)
I started 5:2 at the end of January and after 8 weeks reached my target weight of 57 kgs (9 stone), BMI of 19.
5:2 has really helped change my view of eating and now I'm happy not to eat and skip a meal if I'm not hungry. I also try and eat a light meal in the evening and eat far fewer carbs after midday (not a part of the 5:2 diet I know, but it works for me).
After reaching goal, I carried on successfully with maintenance of 6:1 and another half day, but in August stopped fasting as my weight had dropped to 55.5kgs due to BF problems. Have now started putting on weight so am back on 5:2 for a couple of weeks to try and lose the 1.5kgs I want to lose to get back to target weight. I run loads so that has helped increase my appetite and I need to get back in control. Plus get the benefits of fasting.
Joining all these amazing stories by amazing people.
I'm 59 years old, also 5' 5", and have been dieting for 39 years and weighed 8st 7lbs at my lowest when I was 20. Since then I've been a yoyo dieter trying everything under the sun until I found 5:2 and I'm a dieter no more! I actually did 4:3 more than 5:2 as I find my body just doesn't like to give up the fat.
At my heaviest I was 14st and did S.W. and lost 3st very slowly. Needless to say a year after reaching my goal of 11st I was once more on the rise and was 12st before I knew it. Thankfully, that wonderful God, M.M, made 'that' Horizon programme and saved me from myself.
I started at 12st and am now 10st 4lbs (was 10st but due to real life have gained a little) and am working to get to 10 again. I know that this is the only way for me as looking back I can now see that all the other diets were unsustainable as they were so restrictive, but this woe makes me very happy and the freedom is great.
I was a size 14 and now I am a 10 bottom and 8/10 top. I feel and look great, have more energy and constantly have compliments. 5 of my friends are now 5:2ers and are all losing and looking good. The support and information on all these 5:2 threads has been invaluable to me and I am so very gratefull to you all.
I'm another one whose weight crept up every few years and then I'd lose it and then it crept up again - until post-menopause all my strategies for losing stopped working :-(
I'm 5'8" started 5:2 in August last year at 11st 4lb by around Easter I was down to 9st 2lb and have maintained that with a 4lb upwards wobble to allow for indulgent weeks. If I hit 9st 7lb then I seriously fast for a few days and it tends to put me back on track. I've had a few work-related events recently with buffets that actually had food I wanted to eat so I'm hoping the lunch provided today is the usual awful standard at this venue so I can fit it a full fast day . If its actually tempting then I will simply do a mini fast and another one tomorrow then a proper fast on Saturday when I'm running a workshop and have to take packed lunch (so won't bother).
As others have said its the flexibility that is the real power of this WOE for me - and the fact that I can maintain without feeling I'm on a permanent 'diet'
This is fantastic to read. Just started on Monday and on my second fasting day today so not much to report.
Just wanted to say I'm really impressed and some of the pics are amazing. I really like the sound of this eating plan, hope I can keep it up but very early days. Need to start reading up on it as I just jumped in with little knowledge.
30 years ago I was 12 and a half stone - and, since I'm only
5'7" 5'6", that was not good. So I joined WW and went, fairly painlessly, down to 10.10, which I was told should be my goal weight.
I maintained this, roughly, right up until Feb 2012 when I heard about the benefits of intermittent fasting. And I’ve been blogging about my IF experiences since I began:
I lost 22lbs over 8 months (6 months of that on 2 days a week on half of my calories, since I thought, prior to the Horizon programme, that a quarter was a bit extreme!) without realising I had any to lose. I now know I’m happiest between 9.1 and 9.4. (So WW kept me 22lbs overweight for over 20 years! Where’s my lawyer? )
What has pleased me most, for my long-term future, are the excellent blood results I obtained after IFing for 12 months – ‘Best I’ve ever seen’, said my GP.
But the overall effect on my day-to-day life on this WOL has been to leave me feeling so bloody good! I feel like a forty-year-old - a fit forty-year-old - when I’m in my mid-seventies! I have boundless energy – can’t see a set of stairs without running up ‘em – and nowadays I find that walking is too slow! I can't help myself breaking into a bit of a skip, then into a jog – I can do this even when carrying a couple of bags of shopping! And I skip across the lounge to open the curtains in the morning!
My present regime is 6:1. In agreement with my wife (who seems to have a veto over certain aspects of my behaviour – is that natural?) I do one complete liquid fast per month – on the other three I try and keep my calories down to below 150 for the day. I find doing without food completely very liberating. (And my wife will eventually realise that I don’t keel over when I don’t eat, and I‘ll be able to liquid fast every week. )
If I’ve over-indulged one day, I’ll cut out breakfast - or breakfast and lunch - the next day. If I know I’m going out for dinner, I’ll miss out one or two meals beforehand.
I’m completely relaxed about eating nowadays – gone is the desire to eat every few hours. As a vegan I would get very uptight if I thought I wouldn’t be able to find somewhere to eat when I was out and about. Now I know I could sit and watch my friends eat and not worry in the slightest.
As many others on these threads have said, this WOL has put us all firmly in control of our weight – of our lives in many cases – and often for the first time in our lives.
I eat stuff now I would never consider before 5:2: tempura and trifle are two things that spring to mind. I’ve also eaten more cake, biscuits and chocolate – whilst still not gaining weight – than ever before!
I now know I shall never let a week go by without including at least one fast!
I started 5:2 on 21 Feb this year weighing 10st 1 (63.7kg), not a lot but still the heaviest I have ever been when not pregnant and I was struggling to fit in size 12s. I am 5ft 4 and naturally a small frame.
I started off fasting 2 days a week, keeping calories under 500, and close to TDEE on other days, using my exercise calories as insurance for eating out and calculation errors as MFP is not always that accurate.
Within three weeks I'd lost 8lbs and had found it quite straightforward. I revised my original goal of 'get back under 9st' and set a target of 8st 10, giving me plenty of room to gain/fluctuate while staying under 9st. I was 8st 6 before marriage and babies, and had been as low as 8st 8 within the last five years, so this seemed reasonable.
I met that target 75 days after starting 5:2, weighing in at 55.9kg on 6 May. I carried on logging and fasting, was 53.9kg by the end of that month and 52.5kg a month later. I cut back to 6:1 and then 13:1 except before our holiday, when I was back on 5:2. After two weeks All Inc my weight remained stable, which amazed me!
I've now been around 51-52kg since June without making any major effort or cutting out any food types, just fasting 1 or 2 days a week or a fortnight and sometimes going 3-4 weeks without fasting at all. I have increased the intensity of my exercise, now running 8-10k about 4 times a week. I've just improved my 10k time and gone under 60 minutes for the first time in years (58:30).
Measurements at start/now:
Bust 94cm/84cm (-10cm)
Waist 77cm/66cm (-11cm)
Hips 100cm/88cm (-12cm)
Upper arm 28cm/24cm (-4cm)
Thigh 58cm/49cm (-9cm)
I am now more in proportion and less bottom heavy. Unfortunately I've gone down two cup sizes as well as from 36 to 34 back! I look better than I have in years, have tons of energy, better skin, lower food bills and am much happier in myself. I can't thank the wonderful people on the 5:2 threads enough for all their support and encouragement, I couldn't have done it without them.
I will try to put pics on my profile...fingers crossed that it works!
Postman - wow, you look fantastic! And what a bikini body - no where to hide there!
So lovely to read all of this in one thread, well done for getting this going eatriskier
My story: not as dramatic as others but still makes me happy!
Jan 2013: weighed 11st 8lbs and could see that I was on a gradual increase. Binge eating a lot
Height: 5"4 (just!)
BMI: Not sure exactly, but definitely in the overweight category
My 40th birthday was looming and I was hating how I looked in everything.
Over the years, since having the kids, I'd dipped in and out of WW and SW and had moderate success with losing the weight but not in keeping it off.
Liked the look of 5:2 so started first week of Feb 2013. Weight loss was slow and steady of between 0.5 and 1lb per week.
By my 40th, in April, I'd lost 8lbs.
By July I'd got down to 10st 4. Then the summer holidays happened and bad habits returned so I've remained around 10st4-7 ever since.
But that's ok as I'm now back in size 12 clothes, have lots of energy, and have learnt that it's ok to be hungry, it's ok to miss meals if I've had / am going to have a large meal and that I can do this forever!
And for me, that's the most amazing thing. I've stopped losing (which I know is about what I eat on NFDs!) but I know what to do if I want to kick start it again, which is to keep track of my NFD eating.
I'm just within the healthy BMI range which is fab too. And the best thing is that unlike other dieting systems, I don't feel like I'm on any kind of regime. I just feel like I have two days a week where I give my system a break, and I can enjoy the others.
Normally content to be a lurker on these boards, but I had nice scales surprise yesterday so thought I'd share my journey so far:
Weight: 11st 4
Height: just under 5"4
BMI: I think it might have been around 27?
Size: A very tight 14 (in denial!!)
I fell into 5:2 accidentally - I just gave it a try out of curiosity. I didn't weigh for about 2 months, which ensured I really got into it and noticed NSVs before obsessing about numbers. I had tried Slimming World once....lost 6lbs in 3 months and then quit and put on 9lbs! Since Feb, I've had the odd week off for holidays but always come back to it, even through a 3 month plateau. My whole relationship with eating has been transformed - whereas before I would binge on crap and feel out of control constantly, I feel in control now. Last night, I opened a bag of crisps, had 3 (actually enjoyed them) then closed up the bag, which WAS unheard of! It's also started me on a journey of more general healthier eating, and I have been focusing recently on more meat-free meals. I feel happier all round, and it's had a knock-on effect into other areas of my life that were also feeling out of control (my house is spotless now!).
Weight: 9st 4 (2 stone lost exactly, as of yesterday, wahoo!)
BMI: Around 23
Size: A very comfortable 12 (10 bottom half in some places)
Now, 24lbs in 39 weeks is not mind-blowing, but my lifestyle in general is very 'sociable' (lots of meals out, and alcohol). I always look forward to my Monday fast to reset me after the weekend and start the week off again properly.
Very long-winded, but basically wanted to say I'm delighted to have found a sustainable way of eating that actually makes me happy rather than miserable. Thanks to everyone on these boards that kept me going through the first 6 or so months I feel like I'd been floundering in a fog, and now I can see food clearly.
Only downside to IF .... my engagement ring (only a year old!) is now way too big and needs re-sizing...again!
and the answer to the ring thing is to get a simple extra one to hold it on - I have two wedding rings, one two sizes smaller than the other.
My fiance's gonna love you for that, talkinpeace ! but what a great idea, hadn't thought of that, thanks!
I haven't had time to visit these boards in a while but I've missed reading you all.
I discovered this WOE in January 2013 whilst reading the British press. I live in France where it is practically unheard of and when people do know about it, much scorned upon.
Anyway, I was desperate at the time, having been overweight for 9 years, ever since the birth of my first son. I saw myself as one of those women who have run to fat and felt that there was nothing to be done about it. I had tried a few classic diets only to fall off the wagon and regain all the weight I had sweated to get rid of. And then some. A 46, I weighed 74 kg with a BMI of 27.5 (I'm barely 5"4).
Eleven months later, I have lost 34 pounds. I now weigh 57 kilos (8 stones 13 pounds I think, BMI 21.2) and wear a size 10 (down from a tight size 18). This was achieved even though I stopped fasting during every holiday and as everyone knows, we enjoy lots of time off in France!
The going was quite slow at first but my body shape changed almost immediatly which was encouraging. I even unearthed my waist.
My downfall used to be cheese and wine on an almost daily basis and generally huge portions. I have now got my portions under control and almost never have second helpings. I still enjoy cheese and wine, but these are mostly consumed at the weekends. I even have the odd dessert which I never did before.
Generally, I feel I have got my myself under control for the first time in a very long time. I exercice 3 to 4 times a week, cycle everywhere and have tons of energy. I had severe back pain but it is now a thing of the past (I hope).
I've reached my goal weight but will continue to fast twice a week for a while if only because I can't quite believe what is happening. Then I'll consider doing 6:1. Anyway, I know now that I shall never be fat again. Isn't that a fantastic thing to be able to say?
Cheers everybody, thanks for all your help and encouragement.
Up until summer of this year I’d been overweight for as long as I could remember. Yo-yo dieting started quite early on in my life with a few different ways of calorie control diets and nothing could get the weight off permanently. I’d had some success in my late 20’s with Weightwatchers (when I reached obese status) and shifted five stones but put three stones back on, then lost some then put back on. I then hovered around the 13 stones mark for years, the weight I was from 18-26. 13 stones on a small-ish framed chap is quite a lot, which I realised deep-down but pushed the thought to the back of my mind mostly. I think one reason I stayed this weight for so long was because I thought being ‘only’ chubby was OK compared to being obese; I think that, when you’ve been overweight for a long time, you lie to yourself about all kinds of things. Looking back, though I was doing plenty of cardio at the gym, the weight stuck because I was snacking almost constantly and eating processed carbs in abundance.
Post-Christmas 2012, I was feeling porky and wondering yet again what I could do to shift weight. I didn’t watch the Horizon program that was broadcast four months previously but read the publicity about 5:2 in the media in the New Year and though I was sceptical about it, thinking it could be another faddy diet, I figured it was worth a shot. So, immediately after finishing the book by Dr M and Mimi Spencer, I started at the end of January and went on to lose 2.7 stones in six months, going from a BMI of 26 to one of 21, and have kept it off with little effort since the end of July. This was mostly on 5:2, with two months on 4:3, and four or five gym sessions a week. Taking the advice in the book, early on I joined the 5:2 threads on MN and the advice and support from the fabulous people on here has been hugely valuable.
I estimate to have saved almost £300 in food bills since January, my energy levels have increased dramatically, and I look much better. I don’t feel at all deprived - I still eat and drink the stuff I used to but in smaller amounts (most of the time) and I’m now snacking very rarely . I’m also more aware of calories in foods. But I still have the odd day when I over-indulge and yet I’m maintaining fine by doing a true fast of 600 cals or less one day a week as well as a mini-fast of around 1000 cals on another day of the week. I’m not thinking about food so much now and I’m enjoying what I do eat in a more meaningful way. I never thought I’d see the day when I’d go to the supermarket after work and genuinely not fancy eating a cupcake or doughnut but there’s been plenty of days like that this year. Another bonus is that I’m actively seeking healthier options now, especially vegetables, which is great because as a non-meat eater with a tendency for laziness I used to rely on starchy foods to fill me up; there’s definitely been a mental shift in how I think about food. I love how this way of life fits in with my lifestyle which is partly why it feels sustainable and I’m much happier generally, as if the real me has finally emerged after too many years hiding.
pictures needed from you inspirational people
This time last year I was a size 22/24 and, though not miserable about my weight, I knew this was not a healthy size for me and that wishing myself slimmer was not going to make the excess weight go away.
I had to take action.
I decided to enjoy Christmas and New Year but made myself a promise that in January I was going to make a determined effort to take control.
I started with small but effective changes - portion sizes, healthy eating etc.
I also led a very sedentary life so decided that any sort of movement/exercise just had to be better for me than none at all.
I started off just walking once round the block - approx 5 - 10 minutes brisk walk.
This was in January so the streets were in darkness at about 3.30pm which suited me fine as no-one could see me huffing and puffing my way up the hill by my house.
I frequently didn't want to go out in the cold, wind, rain and dark but I made myself persevere and, without fail, I always felt better for doing it.
Gradually I started to increase my time out walking until I got to 30 - 40 minutes brisk walk daily which I'm still doing - with no huffing and puffing now!
I also read a newspaper article about 5:2 and decided to add that into my regime as well - every little helps was my way of thinking.
That addition has made a huge difference.
I stick to my healthy eating/moderate portion sizes on eating days and have 2 days of 500 cals intake.
The result is I have lost 4.5 stone in 11 months.
I feel fabulous - so much more energy and get up and go and that in itself is a confidence boost. Once you start to see and feel the results from your efforts, the confidence follows.
To anyone considering this way of eating I would say go for it.
What have you got to lose - other than some excess weight.
Wow, You have all done so well. The avergae UK height is 5 foot 5 by the way as so many of you are (and is my height too) and for me weight at age 14 9 stone and I regard that as fine although I think I look better at 8 stone12 and even 8 stone 7 when we moved house (lots of moving, not much eating) or 8 stone 2 (new boyfriend) looks better on me.
For me eating "clean" and for the last 5 or 6 years mostly paleo/primal and being 100% off sugar and processed foods is much more important than losing weight so keeping up this way of eating for life is my goal in particular it reduces risks of diabetes, obesity, dementia and depression which are the four killers for which I largely blame sugar. Even if I never lost another pound that would be fine.
I think I am now about 10 stone so want to lose a stone at least. Highest weight 12 stone but I was 40 weeks pregnant with twins!! (twins rarely stay in that long)
I like IF as it is consistent with paleo/primal principles and was how our ancestors often were (as food was short at times). It also sits well with keto eating which is used for reduce epilepsy in children and indeed seems pretty much to improve lots of medical conditions . When I eat like this I am not so hungy so skipping the occasional meal works well.
I use websites like reddit keto and paleohacks and Mark's daily apple.
Just bumping this thread up for the New Year rush
I loved the fact that I was celebrating New Year at a lower weight than I'd started in January.
Thank you everyone who has put their tale up so far. and congrats to us all!
I discovered fasting in June last year. I've been obese for 10 years, since I was 19 and had tried all kinds of diets, none of which I could stick to. Finally, I started 16:8 which eased me into fasting and weight just fell off me!
Weigh ins looked like this...
July 1 13.8
August 1 12.7
September 3 12.0
October 4 11.7
November 19 10.10
December 18 10.6
I'm 5'3 and still have a last stone to lose, but I have gone from a size 20 to a 12 and have stupid amounts of energy. I'm aiming for a BMI of 23 as I have a medium frame size.
My only struggle has been to not get obsessive and eat too little on NFDs, if I do that I can't manage FDs...stick to your TDEE - ish!
Lucy, that's amazing! I'm still maintaining nicely (I posted above as Wrigglebum) and managed Christmas without any extra pounds gained. I've been mixing up what I do and just keeping a careful eye on my weight and measurements . Some weeks I do 6:1, sometimes a couple of c800 cal days. It's nice to be flexible.
Hola todos! I have been asked to post my story here, so here goes. Will try to stick to my weight-loss story...
I describe myself as 63 years YOUNG, which has been backed up by several health professionals who have told me that my body-age is a good ten years younger than my chronological age - and that was before I began doing 5:2.
I do not have children of my own, but am stepmother to my husband's 15 year old son, Aunty to many nieces & nephews, and enjoy good relationships with the children of many of my friends. Thank you to all the Mumsnet crew for welcoming me here.
My 'statistics' are this:
Heaviest weight ever: 14 stone
Before starting 5:2: 83 kilos
After just over a year on 5:2: 9 stone 1lb (58 kilos)
My initial goal was to reach ten stone, then after that to drop under 60kg. (I still get confused converting.) Now, I want to gradually drop the final four kilos to reach eight and a half stone, which is considered the ideal weight for my height.
I was not an overweight child or teenager. Around 20, back at the turn of the 60s into the 70s, I created a difficult situation for myself that resulted in an ongoing life imbalance for many years. I became a human yo-yo, bouncing back & forth from fat to thin so many times that my friends sometimes would not recognise me.
I was a star dieter, and also a star binger! I would lose all my weight through various means - WW, JC, starving myself - but as soon as I was at my goal I would forget everything and start overeating again. It does not take long to put weight back on, especially when you are at that delicate stage of just having lost it.
My first breakthrough came after I had been seriously ill (a misdiagnosed appendicitis that 'leaked) and I found myself ravenous. I was not overweight at that time, but realised that if I didn't do something about my eating I would be back in the weight-gain elevator.
What happened was: I found Overeaters Anonymous. This was a revelation for me. Suddenly there were people around me who understood where I was at, and we all listened to each other without interrupting. I had never come across such honesty before. The focus was not on food or dieting. What I learned was: it's not what you're eating that's the problem, it's what's eating you. Remembering that has been extremely useful in subsequent years. The emotional aspect of overeating cannot be underestimated, in my humble opinion.
At the beginning of December 2012 I read an article about 5:2 in the NZ. Listener. It made a lot of sense to me so I researched online and began doing 5:2 shortly after. I was running and cooking for our takeaway business at the time, prone to snacking ( a chip here and a mouthful of cheese there). Although I was definitely overweight I fooled myself I wasn't REALLY that fat, because I had previously been so much bigger!
Those first few weeks the weight dropped off so fast that my beloved LL (for Latin Lover) noticed what I was doing and joined me doing 5:2.
I had given up almost completely on the idea of ever being slim. However I was pre-diabetic, and my blood pressure was high for the first time in my life. I was in fact 'inspired' to lose weight by the negative example of several relations, who remain seriously obese. (They do not know this...the reaction to my new shape when they last saw me was "gosh you are looking gaunt". Comparatively yes, but no!)
Just over a year later I have changed my life almost completely. LL & I have shifted countries to live in his native Argentina. We are building a house in the Lake District of Patagonia, high up in the mountains just across the border from Chile. I am learning to speak Castellano, doing lots of exercise - walking probably at least ten hours a week, plus doing yoga three times a week - and have never felt fitter or healthier in my entire life.
I am cooking huge l meals for our extended household - nine people at the moment - from the fresh local produce that abounds here. At the moment it's all cherries & berries, so the old refrain 'life is just a bowl of cherries' is apt.
What I am enjoying most is the feel of my body now that it's not submerged beneath all that extra flab. I can actually RUN, and not get puffed. Yoga is giving me back my flexibility. I have no trouble staying in a headstand for thirty breaths.
So, if I can do it, anybody can! The joy of 5:2 is that you really CAN eat what you LIKE. It does help if you avoid traps like processed food, sugar and too much alcohol. I used to drink a fair bit, but now I am smaller I can't handle more than a couple of glasses, which is hard to get used to but is really a bonus.
LL & I have come to the point where we actively look forward to and enjoy our FDs. At the start it was lonely, disorienting and boring...until I learned to fill those times when I would be eating with something else. That you can always say 'I'll eat that tomorrow' is one of the keys to success on 5:2. You can have that huge slice of cake if you really want it...and when it comes to it you may well not.
To round off, one of the things I have noticed is that my appetite is much less than it used to be. I have to remember to serve myself half of what I used to eat. I am perfectly happy eating smaller portions. I have also flagged eating breakfast ( once my favourite meal) which makes it far easier to get through the day.
Apologies for being so long-winded but it is hard to put such a scattered history into a few paragraphs. I wish everybody who cares to read this the very best results from following 5:2 (or whatever combination works for them).
Salut & cheers to you all
I don't think I'm terribly inspirational, but 5:2 has definitely changed the way I eat.
I started out by eating 3 meals a day and snacks on FDs - tricky, but doable. I learned that salad and veg were good, so much can be had for very few calories.
Then I dropped the snacks.
Then I reduced the lunches to very light soup.
And then I dropped breakfast - I never thought I'd be able to do that!
I've got my bmi down to under 25 - just. I'd like it a little lower, but this isn't a quick mehtod, and I'm happy to continue for benefits other than just weight loss. I'm delighted that I persuaded my sister and husband to try it - they've both done brilliantly - and even my mother is having the odd fast day.
I recognise how different foods will make me feel, especially sugars and carbs.
I'm less tolerant of alcohol.
I can say no to temptation...well, most of the time.
Betsy's 1 year in review - started 15th January 2013:
I have spent most of the year doing 5:2 with 2 meals on fast days - a small lunch at 12.15 plus small dinner at 6pm. Sometimes just one meal in the evening. I usually have the 500 calories, occasionally more on my second fast of the week.
My stats feature earlier in this thread so this post is about changes in my attitude to food, hunger and appetite that have occurred thanks to a year of 5:2 fasting.
No fear of hunger
Smaller appetite and fill up very quickly
Eating is more mindful
More likely to make healthier choices and rarely buy or have junk in the house
Prefer healthier food
Can barely tolerate over-salted food
Far less enjoyment of highly sugary foods
Unlikely to eat lower quality chocolate if offered and never buy it
Less tolerant of alcohol
More moderate with alcohol
No longer dependant on hi-carb foods
Less enjoyment of most hi carb foods (except bread)
Still love bread but eat less of it less often and can usually eat it in moderation
I now acknowledge that my TDEE is quite low and I don't need an extra piece/slice of anything
Acknowledged to myself that actually my DH and DSs should eat more than me and follow their lead/let them eat the biscuits (should there be any)
Acknowledged that I am now a slim person (that took a surprisingly long time to do)
I am very happily maintaining around a weight that suits me. I will continue to 5:2 in the same way for life. If I stop I know my appetite (and therefore weight) will incrementally increase if there are no fast days to punctuate my eating and reset my appetite. Christmas and holidays when I pause the 5:2 have shown me this. I prefer how I feel when I fast twice a week.
wildwater what an amazing achievement! keep up the brilliant work! Am massively in awe!!
I hope no one minds me linking to a thread in another forum but I feel it belongs in this inspiration section.
This amazing lady has lost 105lbs doing 5:2 !
Check out the before photo on the first page and the now photo on page 4.
Not at all, FF! The 52fastdiet forum and these threads should be read in conjunction with each other, IMO!
Thanks for posting this, she truly is an inspiration and certainly belongs here!
it's my 1st 5:2 Anniversary so thought I'd add my annual report !
Started 5:2 Jan 29 th 2013 ,
5 ft 3 , age 49 weighing in at 11 st 5 lbs , had been 11 st 9 at my heaviest and being a shortie it didn't look good ! I DID NOT want to be fat at 50 ..hell I didn't actually want to be 50 ..
My stats were 42 chest
40 hips. dress size 16 ,nudging 18.
I ve had my WI today , I'm now 9st 12 lbs
hips 38. Dress size 12/14.
I'm NOT fat at fifty which was my main motivator! I've done 5:2 all along and 6:1 at Christmas time (but put a couple of pounds on over the holidays.) and just eat my 500 cals in the evening ,drinking lots of tea / coffee during my fast.
I've not had a dramatic weight loss like some and it's been very slow, but I'm 21 lbs lighter and feel great ,am less bothered about the weight loss being slow because it'll come off when it's ready. I was very happy in my size 12 Christmas party dress which is on my profile page.
I'd like to lose a little more .( goal is 9st 7lbs)
And I'd like to end by thanking everyone who inspired and supported me especially in the early days when all I did was moan about the slow weight loss TIP Bsshh * B&W et al...
Wow*headintheclouds*, you're looking fab!
Wow, just read through this thread. Fantastic stories, folks. Hello headintheclouds from another 49-er hoping not to be fat at fifty.
Well done, HeadInTheClouds You look great, sophisticated and swish leading up to your 50th. Happy 5:2 anniversary !
Slow & steady weight loss is healthy, sustainable and avoids loose skin problems.
Thanks for all your lovely comments ,doris megrim and bcf
I am actually 50 now * Big Choc*.
Cant wait for the day I can post mine on here
Just to update my post up-thread: I've reached (actually gone past) goal and am now 122 lbs (BMI 20). So that's me done 6:1 to maintain, now; 5:2 as and when needed. What a journey!
My journey so far isn't all that inspiring as I've only been doing it for 6 weeks but I thought it might be helpful for anyone who has a history of eating disorders, a tendency to binge or a starting BMI within the healthy range. These are all reasons that I wasn't sure 5:2 would work for me but after 6 weeks I love it and have no plans to stop.
I used to comfort eat as a child which lead to being a bit chubby and feeling ashamed and self conscious. This led to strict dieting as a teenager which led to 10 years starving, binging and purging. I recovered from bulimia 10 years ago but in order to do so I had to stop trying to lose weight, stop weighing myself and just eat what I wanted. I now have a much healthier relationship with food and a healthy body image. However, when I eat what I want without being careful my BMI is around 23-24 which, as someone with a small frame, is not ideal. After having a baby I decided to try Slimming World to see if I could get back to a comfortable weight. Although I think SW is a great healthy eating plan, trying to stick to a strict diet every day set me up for failure and I ended up getting stuck back in a cycle of dieting, failing and binging. Over 4 months of this I'd lost 8 pounds but found it really hard work and felt miserable about the lack of control I felt about food and my eating habits.
At the start of January this year I tried to get back to following SW and exercising but I was really fed up of planning my life around low syn foods so couldn't get back in to it. That's when I thought I should try the 5:2 diet. When I first heard about it I thought it sounded faddy and unhealthy and that starving myself 2 days a week would lead to binging on NFDs. However, this turned out to not be the case at all. I am good at following a strict diet 2 or 3 days a week, I just can't do it every day and if I am 'allowed' to eat what I want some days a week then I shouldn't get the feelings of failure and the urge to overeat after having a bit of chocolate or eating out.
I set myself a target of sticking to 2 sub 500 calorie days a week for 6 weeks and not weighing myself during this time. I also decided not to count at all on NFDs and just eat my normal diet. My only aim for NFDs was not binge.
I have now finished the 6 week trial and I was pleased to find today that I have lost 4 pounds. Now I know that doesn't sound like a lot but bear in mind that I only want to lose up to 11 pounds in total and I have been drinking wine, eating out, eating chocolate and baking with the kids at weekends. Most importantly I have felt in control and have had no feelings of guilt for eating what I want on NFDs. I am thrilled that I have found a WOE that fits in with my lifestyle and enables me to gradually lose weight. For the first 4 weeks I did feel ravenous on NFDs and did eat more than normal but that has really settled down now so I think I will be able to be a bit more sensibly on NFDs from now on.
Other things that I like about the 5:2 WOE:
1 - No special foods to buy. On fast days I can eat a ready meal if I'm feeling lazy or some protein and veg and on NFDs I can eat whatever meals the rest of the family want. Therefore:
2 - Food bills are reduced.
2 - Fast days are a relief after a weekend of seeing friends and family and eating out. It feels like 2 little detoxes a week.
3 - Fast days are empowering. I can go without quite easily.
4 - I'm sleeping much better than before I started. I have no idea why.
5 - I do my fast days on work days so I don't have to prepare any food for work on those days or spend money in the canteen.
6 - I can follow this WOE without anyone noticing. For example, I don't want the kids to hear about dieting and restricting calories and it's easy to follow this WOE discreetly.
7 - I feel really positive generally since finding this WOE.
Sorry that was epic. I'm just really thrilled with finding this WOE and plan on carrying on long term.
Great stuff, Jennifer - you cover some really important points in your post! We're at opposite ends of the spectrum, in a way. You're just beginning, and I've just completed two years on this WOL.
I began 5:2ing exactly 2 years ago, dropping a day to 6:1 in October 2012 and maintaining - and I have to say, I've never felt so good, or so much in control - of my weight, and of my life!
This is not all down to IF, since I began a regime of weight-bearing exercises three months ago, which are obviously benefitting me - but I felt pretty damned good before I started those!!
I've put my story on my blog (still a work in progress):
A quick update with me: I'm now at 8st 13lb, a whole 6 stone away from where I started. I am struggling to continue to fast twice a week and not lose weight, so am going to bite the bullet and throw some 6:1 weeks in and hope the positive effect still happens on my pernicious anaemia.
reading this thread (again!) has stopped me over eating tonight, especially the pics.
Wow, Eat, you look half the woman you were. Amazing transformation !
I think I am bigchoc
And I am in no way replying very lately just as a means to bump this thread. Not at all
Here’s my story.
Female – age 62
Height 5ft 3ins
Starting weight: 12st 9lb
Current weight: 9st 6lb
My reasons for wanting to lose weight: I was obviously too heavy, but my biggest reason is that I have lots of family members with heart problems which I desperately want to avoid.
I started with WW in August 2009 and did well at first, but when they changed the system to Pro Points I really struggled and stopped losing weight under the new system. I lost 1.5st with WW.
I swapped to 5:2 in January 2013, and haven’t looked back since. I’ve not only lost more weight than with WW (and in a shorter time), but I feel healthier, have more energy and definitely feel younger too! I often find myself looking in the mirror and thinking how good I look now - not bad for 62! (How vain is that?!)
Since starting 5:2 I’ve generally found it easy to have 2 days a week on 500 calories and rarely feel hungry. I rarely eat breakfast these days and on fast days often don’t bother with lunch either, so that I can have a good meal in the evening. I do try to be good during the week and don’t worry about what I eat at weekends, but I always use MFP to track EVERYTHING I’ve had – including wine. Sometimes I can’t believe the amount I’ve eaten during the course of a day, but I always track. It sort of brings home to me how stupid I can be with food sometimes. I’ve not always been good and put some weight back on, but I know that if I get back on the wagon the weight will come off fairly quickly.
I struggled after Christmas this year. I just didn’t seem to be able to do a fast day. My DH then retired and it was even harder to fast as he loves to go out for lunch, or tea and cake. We’ve sorted out a system now and thankfully he supports me in this WOL and understands when I say “No, today is a fast day–we’ll go tomorrow”.
That's a lovely report, MyWonderfulMimi
It's so nice to hear from another women just a few years older.
You're now a healthy weight and a much healthier person.
So good that your DH is supportive. Sounds like 5:2 is now your WOL.
Thanks BigChoc. Yes, 5:2 is definitely my WOL from now on. I can't imagine not continuing to fast. It just makes so much sense to me.
LOL at 'We'll go tomorrow!' .
Well done Mimi. You must be so proud of yourself! Well done.
Thank you for sharing your success. I often pop on here if I'm struggling to stay on track.
Bumping this as I love to read them
I have just hit my 6 month anniversary of 5:2, so thought I'd add my stats here too.
Decided at Christmas 2013, weighing 12 st 7, that I was miserable and felt bloated and uncomfortable, and needed to so something to shift the weight that had been creeping on over the years. Lost 3 lbs between Christmas and New Year, then found the 5:2 info on the web, and decided to get cracking on 5th January 2014.
Female: aged 48
Height: 5' 6"
Starting stats 5/1/14:
Weight: 12 st 4 lbs
Dress size: 14/16
Current stats 4/7/14
Weight: 10 st 0 lbs - loss of 2 st 4 lbs
Bust: 35" - loss 3"
Waist: 28.5" - loss 5"
Hips: 37" - loss 5"
Thighs: 21" - loss 3"
Dress size: 10/12
I haven't been this shape and weight since I was 24 - half a lifetime ago!
I have worked really hard - FDs on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays for the first 6 weeks, then FDs on Mondays and Thursdays. MapMyWalk tells me that I have walked 500 miles over the last six months (that's just the additional walking I have done on top of the usual school runs and mooching around) plus I have cycled and Shredded.
My eating habits have completely changed, for the better. I feel great, lots more energy, I can still splurge a little at weekends (and that includes beer and wine and pizza) because I know I can shift the extra pound or two that can creep on within a few days. I can wear all the lovely clothes that have been tucked away in the back of the wardrobe for years (that Laura Ashley silk ballgown that I could never part with - fits perfectly again).
DH says I look younger and even my teenager son has complimented me (anyone that has a 16 year old boy will know that's quite an achievement).
The 5:2 threads here have been invaluable - lots of ideas, tips, recipes and most of all encouragement. A big thank you to everyone.
Wow, Squirrelled! Those stats are impressive indeed!
I'm so happy for you.
Are we going to see you on the maintenance thread anytime soon?
That's a brilliant 6 months, Squirrel You've obviously worked very hard at this WOL.
Wonderful to be back to your early adult weight and to receive those compliments.
Sounds like you have your maintenance regime sorted, too.
We'll see! We have three weeks holiday in South Africa coming up, will have to remember to eat mindfully
and not go too mad on the wine and beer.
Well done Squirrelled. It's fantastic to feel in control again isn't it
You are all so inspirational! When I feel hungry on my FD tomorrow I'm gonna read the whole thread x
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