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The 5:2 thread number 28 - Come and join us! The threads may be getting on a bit but the new starters keep us young and fresh!

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BetsyBell Thu 10-Oct-13 10:49:02

The continuing thread for those of us following the 5:2 fast or other forms of fasting such as 4:3, ADF, or daily 16:8.

The 5:2 diet was featured on Horizon in August 2012 and essentially requires you to fast for 2 non-consecutive days per week. The other 5 days, you can eat normally - or approximately your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE - see explanation below). 4:3 is the same except you fast on 3 days in the week. Alternate-day fasting (ADF) is just how it sounds; you fast every other day. 16:8 is another form where you stick to only eating in an 8 hour window each day, therefore fasting for 16 hours each day.

By "fasting", we mean that we keep our calorie consumption very low, around 500 calories on average for a woman, 600 for a man, on those days.

You'll find on these threads we use a number of acronyms. If you're new to the threads, or Mumsnet in general, they might not make much sense.

WOE/WOL = Way Of Eating/Way Of Life. We use this term instead of "diet" as many of us see this as something to do in the long term.

MFP = My Fitness Pal, a website many use for keeping track of the number of calories they're eating.

TDEE = Total Daily Energy Expenditure, quantifies the number of calories you burn in a day. This measure is best estimated by scaling your Basal Metabolic Rate to your level of activity. TDEE is critical in tailoring your nutrition plan to desired fitness goals. Here is a link to a calculator to help you figure out how many calories you should be eating in a day.

NFD = Non fast day

NSV = Non scale victory

Michael Mosley has a website to accompany his book on the subject. Please go check it out, as he's the whole reason these threads started!

Lurkers and new starters: please just jump in and post - you'll find a lot of support here and we’re a friendly bunch.

Here is a list of links to get you started with this way of eating. Please let us know if you find a new article or some other information online:

Our previous threads can be found by browsing through the fasting section of the site.

Another thread which breadandwine has started is a good resource for some of the tips and links that get lost in these big threads. In addition to sharing links, we try to condense some of our top tips for fasting there. Keep in mind, we all do this differently, so these are just tips, not rules. This might be a good place to catch up with us if you're feeling a bit lost!

frenchfancy has a recipe thread over here, please post any low-calorie recipes there so they don't get lost in these bigger threads!

If you've been at this a while and are moving on to maintaining your goal weight, there is a thread here to discuss that.

Here is the link to the BBC article regarding Michael Mosley's findings, which was featured on Horizon.

There's a link to the aforementioned Horizon programme here.

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 by Dr Mosley himself, very informative if you're just starting. (I highly recommend this for an 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%).")

Something to consider 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.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who have been contributing. Most of us are learning this way of eating as we go along. All of the links above have been posted by others in our previous threads, and they've been very helpful.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Greeneggsandnicht for putting together all this info and resources into one concise OP text, much appreciated by so many 5:2ers!

Come join us, and tell us about your experiences with this diet!

alwaysanauntie Thu 10-Oct-13 11:21:24

thanks betsy!

am struggling to keep up with thread, hence not posted for a couple of weeks (that and cake shame!)

Quick Q: anyone else having problems with mfp today?

btw, new low of 60.5 kg today, not seen since 2003, a few more size 10 clothes & lots of comments on weight loss recently, so all's good smile

BsshBossh Thu 10-Oct-13 11:21:32

Hello! Thanks again for the new thread Betsy thanks.

Be quite good to have a straw poll on the rest of this thread - anyone else got a DH joining in? Betsy yep my DH is another faster, inspired by my experience of it. He's never been overweight, has always been at the low-to-mid range of normal BMI and yet he is completely convinced by the health benefits and by the idea of giving digestion a break. He fasts once a week (sometimes twice) but eats normally at night (so no 500 cal limitations), regularly skips breakfast and his snacking has reduced so drastically that MIL and my mum complain when they visit that there are never any nibbles in the house grin.

DownstairsMixUp reading the backs of packets and learning about proper portion sizes is such an eye-opener isn't it? Aside from snacking, my abnormal portion sizes got me big in the first place. Now I am amazed at how small (but now, how perfectly right) a normal serving of pasta or cereal or rice is. Who knew a serving of bread is just one slice!

FD for me today too. Going to aim for a sub-200 calorie day and 24 hour fast (like Monday).

alwaysanauntie Thu 10-Oct-13 11:22:38

Ooh, did i make it in first? Yippee!!! grin

Talkinpeace Thu 10-Oct-13 11:36:59

Thank you betsy
Can I add to the early links, the one about different body shapes all being 'right'
Because what we are actually aiming for is low body fat : everything else is just approximations for that ....

Talkinpeace Thu 10-Oct-13 11:39:18

PS - on the "is your DH doing it?"
yes - since day 1, because it was his mother's sudden death that gave us the jolt to sort ourselves out.

Dotty342kids Thu 10-Oct-13 12:19:15

Afternoon all! So, this is proving to be a killer of a fast day as am full of an awful cough and cold and had barely and sleep last night because of it!
Am about to give up working and go sit on the sofa and watch back episodes of Downton for the afternoon until I need to collect kids.
Really don't feel like creating some fast friendly dinner tonight but have a recipe out / ingredients ready so will get cracking on with that once kids home from school.
Oh it's hard when you feel poorly! But if I don't get it out of the way, there's no other fasting opportunities till next Tuesday so it's got to be done!

DownstairsMixUp Thu 10-Oct-13 12:22:23

Yes BsshBosh pasta was the biggest shock for me! When i did spag bol for the family I'd do what i thought were quite "normal" portions, cooked the other day and decided to measure the 75gram serving of pasta as suggested and it looked so small! No wonder I gradually creeped up a stone and a half!

whimsicalname Thu 10-Oct-13 12:48:03

Morning all. Really pleased with myself for managing 2 fasts in 3 days. But I've been having really vivid dreams. Does anyone else find that?

frenchfancy Thu 10-Oct-13 12:57:03

Afternoon all. Thanks Betsy for keeping the main threads running.

I'm another one with a fasting DH. He started with me and we have always done it together. We've been married 20 years next January and are both back down to our wedding weight grin. Food (and drink) is an important part of our lives, so we have never dieted and just thought that middle aged spread was inevitable. How wrong we were.

postmanpatscat Thu 10-Oct-13 13:02:00

Just checking in to mark my place!

PoshPaula Thu 10-Oct-13 13:03:23

Hi, my DP is fasting too, with me, but he is being really extreme about it and is now trying to fast every day (he knows best, of course!). I'm trying to lose just a few pounds and he has stacks to lose. We both like our booze, too...

whimsicalname Thu 10-Oct-13 13:29:35

My husband eats lunch out for work a lot, so on days I'm fasting he has a big lunch so we eat a light dinner together. He's a skinny Minnie though, and cycles 60 miles most weeks.

Preciousdaisybear Thu 10-Oct-13 13:39:17

Hello everyone. FD 2 week 2. So far 1 apple, 1 tea, 2 coffee and a slimma soup. Mentally hungry but actually not really feeling it. DS3 has playdate after school tho... Hope there are no fancy pieces on offer.

Coveredinweetabix Thu 10-Oct-13 13:46:52

I was amused this morning as I couldn't' find my belt so went to put on my spare belt which I haven't used for months. So I put it through the buckle and just kept pulling and pulling. The belt was massive! To have used it, I would have had to punch a new hole at least 2" further in that the thinnest setting in it. I knew I'd lost weight but that really confirmed it.
DH isn't doing this but has pretty much done 16:8 all of his life as he always goes from supper to a late lunch without eating anything and will often end up doing a 24 hr fast going from supper one day to supper another day.

RippingYarns Thu 10-Oct-13 13:50:32

i'm on week 4 of 5:2 and have lost 7lbs so far

i've been overweight all my adult life (bar a short period 6 mths when i was ill) and this is the first time i've tried to lose weight with an eating plan and had any sort of success

it seems so easy, too easy at times, i have to keep reading the links above to check if i'm doing it right, but half a stone can't be wrong grin

KinkyDorito Thu 10-Oct-13 14:16:44

FD for me too. Also Wk 2, FD 2.

Struggling today simply because I feel sooooo cold. Had 2 coffees with milk splash, 1 miso and 1 oxo. Would love a big can of soup, but know I have to eat later.

eatriskier Thu 10-Oct-13 14:36:20

Thanks for the new thread betsy flowers

I'm sitting with my feet up on the sofa under a duvet. So cold today! Need lots of brew

somewherebecomingrain Thu 10-Oct-13 14:57:11


Dotty342kids Thu 10-Oct-13 15:02:46

Well done rippingyarns that's great! You should feel very pleased with yourself smile

Couldn't do it........ just caved and had a hot buttered piece of toast to see me through to teatime. Not too bad given that I feel so rubbish!

BetsyBell Thu 10-Oct-13 16:08:58

TiP YES! I like that link very much - I'll add it to my doc now ready for number 29 smile

Good to hear lots of DH/Ps fasting too, this WOE suits company!

Brilliant result RippingYarns Well done! It is easy grin

Big HIGH FIVE to all today's fasters, hope you're all having a good one!

BetsyBell Thu 10-Oct-13 16:13:43

Sorry, bit giddy what with all the blustery wind (weather-wise) and a good fast - all adds up to ENTHUSIASTIC and slightly demented Betsy grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 10-Oct-13 16:20:34

Thanks Betsy grin

FD for me today. Not going brilliantly, I've got some kind of bug and a massive coldsore has erupted on my lip. Determined to persevere though. The temperature definitely isn't helping, it is freezing here.
I've had about 150 calories so far today. Dinner will come in at 400 so around 550 for the day which I am happy with.

My DH is doing 5:2 too - he actually started before me and I decided to join him and then joined this thread.
My parents also do it, and my brother, and my cousin... grin

NSV to share - down a back-size in bras, yay! I did a little dance of glee to myself in my bedroom as the 32 back did up without any wrestling! smile smile smile

MelanieCheeks Thu 10-Oct-13 16:22:19

DH would love to do this with me, but is on Warfarin and is worried it might affect his INR. He is, however, happy to share down day meals with me - we love the Hairy Dieters recipes, as well as handy vegetarian kievs etc from the big supermarkets. We'd usually have breakfast and lunch separately anyway.

BetsyBell Thu 10-Oct-13 16:46:52

melanie There's some discussion about Warfarin and fasting on another 5:2 forum here - that's just one thread but there were others too. Don't know if that's helpful?

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