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5:2 Diet Thread: Part Three. Come join us!

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GreenEggsAndNichts Fri 07-Sep-12 15:51:33

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 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.

There is a Wiki article here which explains intermittent fasting and gives a short summary of some studies which have been done on it.

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.

I will start a different thread just for recipe links, though, as there seems to be some demand for that.

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!

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 20-Sep-12 23:03:20

Thanks greeneggs

housewife84 Fri 21-Sep-12 09:39:32

I have been on a great diet recently it just involves run in the morning with protein shake and then eggs mid morning apple lunch i have pasta salad with prawns and then for dinner i have chicken and veg but no carbs!

ThatBintAgain Fri 21-Sep-12 15:44:19

Hello - Quick question: do you watch the amount of calories that you take in on feed days? Am doing ADF this week and have maybe lost 2lbs but I'm a bit disappointed with that. (I assume there may be hidden benefits but obviously can't see those and I'm all about instant gratification!)

I haven't gone crazy on feed days but am wondering if keeping to an upper limit of say 1800-2000cals?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 21-Sep-12 15:47:36

in an ideal world no - I'll utterly blow my limit tonight on wine - BUT my BMI is under 22.5
I think until your stomach shrinks properly - as it will after six or seven weeks - its best to keep a rough track ...

ThatBintAgain Fri 21-Sep-12 16:07:39

Interesting, thanks. Do you think 1800-2000 sounds reasonable?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 21-Sep-12 16:10:38

Its what I aim for :-)

hoops997 Fri 21-Sep-12 16:10:44

thatbint I try to keep to 1500 on feast days, you can eat a surprising amount but 1800-2000 sounds reasonable to me

ThatBintAgain Fri 21-Sep-12 16:19:13

Thank you! grin

ThatBintAgain Sat 22-Sep-12 16:35:47

Is there a new thread now? Also I've not fasted since thurs but also have horrid bitter taste in mouth- what's that about?!

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 22-Sep-12 16:43:05

Sorry bint, yes there is: here!

I posted the link in this thread but it was on the previous page. Everyone's cleared off this one now!

The taste in your mouth is very strange, I'm not sure what to say about it. Ask the question again in the new thread; perhaps someone can help.

ThatBintAgain Sat 22-Sep-12 17:13:42

Thanks greeneggs!

Rosylarose Mon 24-Sep-12 15:44:28

First fast day of the week for me. Disappointing weigh in this morning - I've lost none of the 3lbs I gained on holiday. I'd lost 2lbs last Thursday after fasting for two out of three days, but today it's all back on. I'm plugging on. Having my lentil soup for dinner tonight - it's so simple, healthy, tasty and filling I thought I might share the recipe. Chop one large potato, one large carrot, one large onion and a leek. Sweat for a few minutes. Add 6oz (6 tbsps) red lentils, a tin of chopped tomatoes and enough stock to more than cover. Bring to the boil, then simmer for as long as you like. I usually give it a couple of hours, checking it's not catching, as lentils appreciate a lot of cooking (BTW, don't add salt til they're cooked as it hardens them). It's even better next day and freezes well. I also jazz it up with a few chilli flakes, ground cumin and coriander and sometimes blitz it a bit to make it a bit smoother. Six portions with these quantities, and only 170 cals each!

Pabboo Tue 16-Oct-12 10:56:36

Hi all.
Just joining for a little support. DH and I have been doing 5:2 since the beginning of August. We are mainly doing it for health reasons - to get some protection against cancers, Alzheimer's etc. but we were happy with the weight loss side effect!
I started at 75kg, and a BMI of 25.1. We use myfitnesspal to ensure we keep up the right amount of calories on non-fasting days (we call them restriction days as it is not really a true fast and I kept getting talked at by people about what real fasting is etc and they were missing the point of what we are doing).

We started eating 3 small meals (I stick to 400-500 cals) but now I am down to lunch and dinner (btw, Dr Mosley has tweeted that he thinks you can spread the cals on a fasting day and he used to have two meals. He now does 1:6 as he was losing too much weight).

I eat a minimum of 1500 cals on non-fasting days, and end up with a week with an average of about 1200 (when you take into account fasting days). We do quite a lot of exercise, and we eat those calories to maintain the 1500.
I am down to 71.3kg and my body fat is slightly reduced (our scales are good, but I do not think they are very reliable for body fat).
I am a little bemused at the weight loss plateau I have reached (DH too). Most of our weight loss was in the first month - about 3 kg. in the last month I have only lost 0.5kg in total. sad

Any thoughts on the plateau and whether I should be changing anything? Like I said, we are not doing this solely for weight loss, but I would like to get down to 68kg and shifting these last kgs is proving difficult!

fairy5 Wed 17-Oct-12 17:44:22

Am new to the thread AND the diet. Started on Monday and had my first fast day then, second one is tomorrow. I don't have a lot to lose, just a few pounds but what I want to know is when should you expect to start seeing weight loss? After the first week or more like 2 weeks? I like the idea of this as a lifestyle change as well as weight loss because it makes you feel less bad for those treats in life like curry or wine but I just want to know when I can firmly say if it's not working.
Thanks smile

Jester2050 Thu 18-Oct-12 20:50:43

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

Today is/was my 1st fast day and has been ok, so far.

I have consumed appx 600 cals today 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".


TalkinPeace2 Thu 18-Oct-12 22:07:59

CLOSED THREAD - too near 999 posts !!

Come and natter on Thread 4 ;-)

JsyJan Thu 29-Nov-12 22:19:28

Hi, brand new to this but started on the 5:2 10 days ago. Love it!
I am doing it for the health benefits as my sister had breast cancer diagnosed a year ago (she was 47) and my mum has had a tumour removed from her jaw last week. Both are doing well, but the anti cancer thing made me think I could give this a go.
I am 49 (!) and was 156lbs. Now 10 days after starting and I have lost 6lbs! I have another 3lb to go so I can fit into last summer's jeans ;-)
I 'low cal' Tue and Thur as this fits my days. I eat 550 cals and fit this in between waking and sleeping (dont understand the 16 hr thing??) which is easy to do. I am strict (yog for breakfast and a tea, soup and a Ryvita for lunch, apple mid aft (when daughters home from school and eating in front of me!) normal meal but NO carbs (pasta, potatoes, rice, bread etc) for tea.
Lots of water (been getting headaches every low cal day).
Definitely lost weight fast (too fast?) and may go to one day a week if I drop below my goal.
Eat whatever I want other 5 days, inc chips, chocolate, cakes, biscuits. I dont eat extra those days though as I dont feel I am extra hungry, but dont eat less than before either. Starving on the low cal days but what the heck, feeling hungry for a day is do-able, and there is always a 'food' day tomorrow, heh heh.

5:2 is working for me on the outside, hope all the good stuff going on inside too :-)
Go for it ladies!

Ghanagal1717 Wed 09-Jan-13 20:44:22

Hello....bit nervous.....just joined and have been reading this thread for hours and hours to try to find out info on this 5:2 woe. My sis has been on it for almost a year and keeps encouraging me (gently) to try it as I am constantly upset at my 3 stone weight gain since quitting smoking 2 and a half yrs ago. So am on my second fast day....but am on a panic as Im not sure if ive had too many cals. I had nothing all day except black coffee and then at 5pm had a packet of asda instant noodles with a handful of fresh spincach thrown in along with some salad bits (sounds gross I know...but it was delish). Anyway...can anyone please advise me....have I blown my fasting day by this meal? thanks

Ghanagal1717 Wed 09-Jan-13 20:45:53

oh....and justs to add I'm 51, weigh around 11 stone ... and 5 foot 2...and am almost as wide as I am high!!! not a pretty sight lolol

ayshigirl Sat 12-Jan-13 20:33:50

Day one and I am feeling proud but weeeeeak! Does anyone have good suggestions for vegetarians please? I usually rely a lot on cheese and nuts for protein and prefer to limit my soya intake.

bubbymonster Thu 17-Jan-13 19:16:02

I recently started the 5:2 diet and have got through my first Fast day. I have no idea what to eat on a normal day though! How many calories are you eating on a feast day? I don't want to go overboard and undo all the hard work. Any comments appreciated.

frenchfancy Fri 18-Jan-13 16:36:56


Lock down before we hit 1000 and people cannot reply.
But the conversation, motivation and health gains carry on over at thread 9


stuartjolene4181 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:35:36 is the site where they blog about this diet. Iv read the book and this is my first day. Iv eaten my 500cals between 10am-1pm today so now nothing until 1pm tomorrow I think....? I need to loose 21pounds atleast and have got two kids so shouldn't be to much hassle to's doing there tea that will test me!!!!

Ezzza Sun 27-Jan-13 05:27:17


Mumsnet threads have a maximum number of posts which is 1000. As this discussion is so popular our discussion has continued over many new threads.

If you would like to continue reading the discussion, here is a link to thread 4.

If you’d like to read the discussion from the beginning here?s a link to thread number 1.

If you would like to jump in and join the conversation we'd love to hear from you. Please join us on the latest thread to post your comments. As I'm posting this, the latest thread is number 10 which you can find here.

We soon outgrow the threads, but there's always a link to the next thread in the previous one so come and join us!


Ezzza Tue 29-Jan-13 13:52:14


A new thread has been opened since my above post, so if you'd like to post something, please join us on thread number 11

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