thanks napl I mostly want to do it as I know my slightly dodgy diet was making me feel crap, lethargic etc and I just want to feel as bright as possible in the day. Especially being a lp to my DS and needing to have tonnes more energy than I do
It does get easier, but you need to jig around your meals until you find a pattern that suits you. I now have an orange and zero fat Greek yoghurt for breakfast, roasted veg with cumin seeds and chilli flakes topped with a poached egg for lunch, drink lots of herb tea through the day (Yogi teas such as Schoko tea or liquorice tea are "sweetened" with liquorice if you feel the need for sweeter flavours), have a bowl or Marigold bouillon for "tea". The veg keeps me really full (the thing that makes a massive difference to calorific value is the amount of oil used, so better to use a spray). So with the exception of the bouillon (25 cals I think) I go the full 16 hours without food overnight. On fast days I tend to have a bath and early night. I'm not sure I could run around after a toddler on an empty stomach!
targaryen I have lost a small amount of weight. About 0.75 kg in 2.5 weeks, but like you I'm not trying to lose a major amount of weight - a little would be nice, but it's the other benefits that I am keen on. Feeling brighter and more energetic were unexpected, but extremely welcome side effects. Others have mentioned that the urge to eat on feed days moderates with time but I'm still waiting for that to kick in. I find it easier not to have breakfast on fast days, but others prefer to have breakfast. I think you just have to try to find what works best for you. Knowing I have a decent dinner waiting and won't be hungry going to bed works for me.
Hi, I'm I my fifth fast day - I have to say it's a lot easier on the days I'm not looking after the dc's! I just drink loads & loads of black coffee and throw myself into their games to distract myself. I've eaten scrambled egg on toast for lunch, I was absurdly grateful for it! I will save the rest of my calories til they've gone to bed. It is worth it though - I've lost half a stone in 2 weeks plus an inch & a half off my tummy. I've found my appetite's diminished on non-fast days as well.
I have a very small bowl of porridge too - just oats and water. Perhaps next time you should try giving them a miss, go for a broth at lunchtime and have a decent meal in the evening to look forward to. If you're down significantly on your normal cals, I wouldn't be too concerned about going over 500 cals particularly to start with.
I've lost 1/2 st since the new year - lower loss last year, but I do find losing weight really difficult at the best of times!
Glad it's going well for you notanotherpackedlunch Have you noticed much difference in your weight? I'm mostly doing it because the evidence was too compelling not to try (I watched the horizon programme & was fascinated by the benefits) but it wouldn't hurt to lose a little around the middle too!
It does get easier. I've just done my fifth fast and it passed very easily with lots of black coffee. I didn't even feel like eating my full 500 calories in the evening. Unfortunately I'm still waiting for my need to eat everything in sight on feed days to moderate a bit. Overall I'm finding it worth doing. I have way more energy, even on fast days, and seem much more cheerful and less wooly headed. Hope you survive today.
It gets easier... I've now given up worrying about lunch at work.
However, I used to make a very low cal broth that you might find helps get you through - stock powder, chilli, ginger, lemongrass - a few button mushrooms, put in some water, cook in the microwave, top up with boiling water and add soy sauce to taste. I found the chilli in made a big difference.
Anyone else find their first fast day of the 5:2 diet seriously hard? Running around after DS (2yr) is making my tummy rumble like hell. I'm waiting til tonight for my main meal (and having lots of warm drinks to keep me going, along with the odd grape/nut here and there, which i'm keeping count of obvs).
Just need someone to tell me it gets easier really!