Really interested in the 5:2 diet. I had a go a few years ago and loved the freedom it gave me.
Tried again a month ago and done nothing but failed I can easily go from 10pm to 7pm next day without eating, I'm busy and can easily distract myself from hunger. But once 7pm comes and I settle the kids I need a glass of wine. We don't eat then till about 9pm and it's generally a healthy meal.
I've got some right old shit going on at the moment, recently been put on AD and been sent for conselling but I do think my weight is a big factor in me feeling crap.
Do you think if I did this 5 days of the week then kept my weekends "free" I would reap some benefits from fasting / calorie deficit?
I reckon once you've done five 16:8 days your body will get into the routine of it and you won't want to eat outside those hours at the weekend. That's my experience anyway. I've been doing 16:8 for about the last two or three years and is definitely helped curb my appetite.
Yes, but I've never been one for eating first thing in the morning anyway so it's no bother. I generally have breakfast at about 1-2pm but sometimes not til 3pm - this is either berries and Greek yoghurt or poached egg and tomato on toast, then maybe a snack about 5 ish, then regular dinner (healthy homemade at 6.30-7ish). I'm the lightest I've ever been - I've probably lost about 1 1/2 stone, however I have cfs/me so use it mainly to stop me putting weight on as I can't do much activity.
Madnson Can you look on the 2 FDs as giving your liver the healthy rest it needs ? Just 2 days per week, relax with fancied up fizzy water with ice, slice & straw in a pretty glass
If you want to lose weight, it goes much better if your liver is in good nick. Also, whenever you drink alcohol, fat-burning stops for hours, until your liver has processed the toxic byproducts.
Daily 16:8 should lose weight if you genuinely drop a daily meal, i.e. you don't pack the same amount of food into the 8 hours. With your plan, you would also need to be careful you don't eat back a 5-day calorie deficit over the weekend.
Many people combine 5:2 with daily 16:8, to help keep NFDs sensible and lose weight well.
Assuming the other 2 days are vaguely sensible eating & drinking: 5 days on 16:8 should help insulin metabolism, which is important for health. Start each day of the week with a glass of water and aim for at least 2l water & hot drinks daily