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2 fast days in a row?

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achieve15 Mon 20-Jul-15 15:10:52

I am wondering if anyone does this and how they find it

I don't want to try it and find that I am so hungry on day 3 that I'm overeating if you see what I mean? I am not ravenous the day after one fast day but doing okay so don't want to upset things.

the reason I might have to do this is social/work stuff, it might work out that coming up, there are a few weeks where doing 2 together will be better. How do people find this generally and what is the next day of "normal" eating like? Thanks.

BigChocFrenzy Mon 20-Jul-15 20:06:26

Hi, Achieve It's very individual, depending on your metabolism. lifestyle and psychology, whether you can cope with b2b (back-to-back) FDs, also how you feel the NFD after.
Most people who've tried find it very tough and feel weak on the 2nd afternoon. However, a few folk b2b every week.

A few suggestions:
. If you are a newbie, take at least a couple of weeks to get used to non-b2b fasting first, if possible.
. Eat your full 500 cals (600 if you're a bloke) Optionally, you can have 650 cals - Michelle Harvie's human study with b2b 650 FDs, which was sponsored by breast cancer charities, had good results for both weight loss and health markers. In fact, I recommend you start with 650 cals and see how you get on.
. For FDs, have lots of veg and lean protein, optionally a small amount of complex carbs, but no fruit juice, junk treats, added sugar, sugary cereals, alcohol etc.
. Some folk find it easier to leave fruit and even complex carbs for NFDs, so their FDs are low carb. This avoids raised insulin levels and cravings.
. Eat 1 or more meals, i.e. don't snack or graze. This gives your system a rest and allows insulin levels to come down in the long gaps between meals, to enable more fat-burning.

achieve15 Tue 21-Jul-15 00:04:22

thanks for that BigChocFrenzy
no thanks for that username grin

I will have done quite a few fast days by the time this happens - I think it will be August. I suppose if I feel terrible I will just have to go back to having a normal day?

I managed 500 okay but maybe if I do 2 days back to back I should try 650.

mrswhiskers Tue 21-Jul-15 17:18:41

I did b2b 650 calorie fast days for a few weeks and found it ok physically but mentally I struggled on the first day knowing that I'd have to fast yet another day before i could eat what i wanted.
I didn't find I ate any more than usual on the next NFD though.
I found it convenient getting the 2 fast days over with at the beginning of the week but I've since gone back to separate days and finding it a lot easier.

MelanieCheeks Thu 23-Jul-15 14:22:12

I've done it a few times. I always fast on a Monday. On Tuesday mornings if I feel "in the zone" I can push on through and have another fast day. I haven't found Wednesdays to be me eating everything that's not nailed down!

On the telly Which Diet programme, the form of 5:2 they came up with was 2 consecutive days - slightly higher than 500 cals, but focussed on low carb, to force the body into a sort of ketosis.

achieve15 Sat 25-Jul-15 10:44:53

thanks for all these replies
I guess I can just see how it goes smile

jingscrivvens Tue 28-Jul-15 13:00:22

I've been b2b mon and tues for the past 4 weeks now and I find it the best for me. The last time I did 5:2 I FD Mon and Thurs and I always found it really hard to get through Thurs, and felt really hangry. I've not had any of this with my b2b so hoping that I will be able to stick with this WOE now.

I have a fairly active job but don't do any exercise, so I don't know how I would cope with that. On my first NFD I find I hardly want breakfast, so have a cup of tea and maybe some toast later on in the morning. Think doing the 2 together is helping shrink my stomach.

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