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IF / ADF / 4:3 / 5:2 / 6:1 / 16:8 ~ Maintaining at a healthy weight ~ Chapter 4

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TalkinPeace Mon 13-Jan-14 20:40:13

This thread is for those of us who have been practicing IF (Intermittent Fasting) for quite a while and are now at, or nearing, their target healthy weight.
It's also for anyone who is doing it for the health benefits alone.

How do we experience fasts and balance a stable food intake while having little or no weight to lose?
How do we ensure that this WOL keeps us at the healthy weight long term rather than revert to yoyo games?
How do we ensure that we keep ourselves looking great rather than just thin?

Many of us have been maintaining at our original goal weight for many months, and others are joining all the time.
Obviously, the more the merrier!
It is also worth considering whether a second, leaner target might be achievable.

You'll find the first three maintenance threads and all the main 5:2 threads for posters practicing IF to lose weight here Fasting / 5:2 on the diet forum. We're currently on thread no. 35, but there is a new main thread every 2-3 weeks.

There are three other associated threads:
This one, which is an absolute goldmine of Tips and Links on how to practice IF, and the research behind it.

And here is a treasure trove of 5:2 recipes, mostly low calorie for fasting days, but there are also recipes for when you want to treat yourself. And, now we're maintaining, we'll need more of these!

Since I started the last Maintainers thread the importance of exercise has come to the fore, as part of our general health and to help weight loss. BigChocFrenzys thread is here

Laska42 Mon 13-Jan-14 20:46:53

Boo! grin

TalkinPeace Mon 13-Jan-14 20:48:11

you spotted it wink

Eatriskier Mon 13-Jan-14 21:17:58

flowers tip
Not following here much, must stay on top of things. Have managed a few weeks without weight loss, so am hoping I am now successfully maintaining confused

Breadandwine Mon 13-Jan-14 23:34:54


Well done, TiP!

frenchfancy Tue 14-Jan-14 07:46:34

Yeah - shiny new thread. grin

BetsyBell Tue 14-Jan-14 08:14:18

smile Marking place

catsrus Tue 14-Jan-14 13:50:52

I'm here - busy working but from home so not much fasting this week - on the plus side I did finish of the panetttone last week so am nibbling nuts to keep me going grin

wildwater Tue 14-Jan-14 14:26:47

How do you 'mark your place'?

Anyway - found it! grin

wildwater Tue 14-Jan-14 14:38:27

Hola again. Just posted on old thread.

In case you missed it, I am jumping up and down with glee, having weighed in at 58kg (down from 83 just over a year ago).

I have revised my goal down to 55kg, which is considered 'ideal' for my height. I can see where it needs to go from...mostly around my middle (currently a 26" waist.)

Slowly does it though - LL is still wondering where I went!

TalkinPeace Wed 15-Jan-14 09:17:01

nice to see that the maintainers can be as daft late at night as the newbies
I'd better hang out my laundry and get to the gym!

BsshBossh Wed 15-Jan-14 09:31:44

Morning! Thanks for the new thread TiP thanks.

wildwater thanks for sharing your story. I second the suggestion to put your story on the Inspirations Thread. Yoga for flexibility - yes, now I'm over 40 I really need to focus on that...

Jobyloo Wed 15-Jan-14 09:40:07

Sorry for sneaking in, have got a long way to go to get to the weight where I want to maintain but I just wanted to say Hi to laska. Do you remember me? I was looking to see if you were still around and you are grin. Looks like you're doing great!!!!

catsrus Wed 15-Jan-14 10:08:02

woo hoo!

back to 9.4lb - my original target weight - this morning. Nice to feel back in the maintenance zone after the xmas excess - been eating LOTS of nuts too which is interesting - often have had a bowl of nuts for lunch. My staples the last week to ten days have been veggie curry (no rice but lots of hot pickles and yoghurt etc and full of lentils and pulses) jacket potato, cottage cheese and huge salads with full fat (home made) dressing, no breakfasts (apart from weekends when I have scrambled egg on toast) and the nuts. Have generally been doing at least 16 hr fasts before eating anything on week days.

CuckooAtchooUhOh Wed 15-Jan-14 10:12:21

Thanks for comments you guys (shoulder punch).
Am now trying to follow three threads (try saying that quickly) with my cotton wool brain and can't keep track of exactly what was said where, but.....

Earslaps thanks for your comments on here and exercise thread (?) - I appreciate them all, and while I can't remember specifics to respond to right now (did I mention my cotton brain? Memory shot with it!) I can remember them meaning something - so thank you!

Yes to vit D. I am spending all far too much time in house at mo. Gone into recluse mode, and feeling ill with it, I just can't summon up the will to go out yet. I'll get there, I know I will, I'm just having a funny few weeks. It happens. But have to take a trip for few days tmw so that may kick start me.

Do need to replenish vit D pills as my current lot have stuck together in bottle!
Hadn't thought about a lamp. Have heard of them though, not sure it's my thing but certainly something to think about Bssh thanks thanks

Basically I need to get my arse into gear and not let myself rely on substitutes!

Pro liver here! Liver curry sounds yum!! Not tried offal in curries before, amazing really given how often I eat them. How did you find it with chicken liver Bssh?? What's your verdict, chicken or lamb??

I love hearing tales from overseas too. For a brief moment, can be transported to warmer, sunnier climes and a different life altogether! Can almost smell the flowers and muffins. grin Congrats on your year Wild!

BsshBossh Wed 15-Jan-14 10:14:55

Cuckoo the chicken liver curry was delicious - it's more pungent than lamb liver though.

BsshBossh Wed 15-Jan-14 10:15:20

catsrus woohoo!

EarSlaps Wed 15-Jan-14 10:52:11

Thanks for the new thread Tip.

Well done cats on getting back to target. Isn't it brilliant how easy people are finding it to get rid of that Christmas weight. What a fantastic WOE.

Cuckoo- you can rent SAD lamps to give then a try, with the option to buy afterwards. They are really expensive though .

I'm having a mini fast today to make up for yesterday's excesses. I made the mistake of wine last night which has left me rather hungry. Think I might make chilli for dinner, so a small portion of that with cauliflower rice shouldn't be too calorific. I can make a big batch and freeze some so we have something healthy and easy to heat up when the kitchen is being done.

Breadandwine Wed 15-Jan-14 11:20:32

Morning all!

No brekkie for me this morning - I already ate at about 12.30 last night. I thought I'll just finish off what's on the stove with a glass of wine. It was quite a bit more than I thought, but I struggled manfully - another glass of wine helped! grin

So I'd probably better not have lunch - we'll see.

Only came on to say that my son thinks he has a touch of SAD. He was telling me last week that he had 3 minutes in a tanning saloon under UV. I thought he said he was standing up - can you do that?

Anyway he said he felt terrific afterwards - and the feeling lasted all day.

Might be an option, Cuckoo?

Laska42 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:42:45

Another pound down this morning .. yay.. am getting there again! .. fasting again today , but like catsi have also been skipping breakfast and eating mostly veggies in NFDs and feeling better fo rit . I do tend to have my eggs about 11.30 12 though! Cats i tend to have 5-10 Almonds on NFDs if i fancy something mid aftrenoon

Just had an egg and bowl of soup now (no bread) and have spicy stir fry veggies planned for dinner .. ( with this miserable wet weather when i cant get out and communial office life with everyone eating around me ,and i'm finding that i do still need something at lunchtime right now , but making it as low cal as poss, (the soup is carrots onions celery and toms with some ginger and spice) its only about 350 cal the whole big panful which lasts 4 days !)

Joobyloo hello! great to see you! how are you doing? , I trust you never went back to the dark side.. ( despiter the fact i regained a bit though taking time off a while ago ive never looked back to WW to fix it .. never want to feel guilty and count points gain !

Anyone seen this story about DNP slimming pills ? scary or what? .. however I have to admit i did try Reductil many years ago ,... it worked , but just inthe same way as fasting , and no worries about heart attacks ( yes I was stupid, but 14 stone stupid) I know better now, and of course itonly worked when you took it and then i put it all backon again .. £££s also . (yup it was completely stupid.)

TalkinPeace Wed 15-Jan-14 12:45:11

B&W - yes, lots of tanning salons are the stand up types - actually safer as it does all around in one go so the total time under the lights is less.

Well I had a lovely swim in the rain and weighed in - back to 8:12 - so Christmas pastry is gone in less than two weeks.
I just Luff this WoE smile

EarSlaps Wed 15-Jan-14 12:58:45

Yes, that is very scary Laska. And very, very sad.

AmericasTorturedBrow Wed 15-Jan-14 14:10:35

Morning all (6am here)

Mum returns to the UK today so I can finally get into my post holidays weight loss - aiming for my original target that I've only seen once or twice of 130lbs so that's a good 7lb to go. Need to seriously step up the bike training too and to be honest the last few months I've felt in such a rut about where my life is (it's great, in very grateful etc etc but I'm completely unfulfilled, can't work til green card comes, do not enjoy being a SAHM and DD has shitty sleep so that doesn't help...and I turned 30 last year which depressing in itself) so time to sort my shit out!

WW I'm so impressed and envious of your life - makes me realise that having DC young doesn't need to mean the end of my adventuring forever

CuckooAtchooUhOh Wed 15-Jan-14 15:07:25

I think I might've just found your missing pastry Tip - can you take it back please grin

Will someone please tell me to get out of the kitchen!

I've only bloody gone and made brownies AND puff pastry cheese twists!!

Have scoffed two twists already and am having a stare off with the brownies. Don't usually bake on a fd - I honestly don't know how Toffee does it, and not buckle!

Are those sad lamps ultra violet - as in 1980's mood lighting grin??
Got one in dd's room for the millions of feckin glow in dark stars I lovingly stuck to ceiling for her! Maybe I should go in there and curl up with Sheriff Woody and the gang!

I'm guessing it's probably not though!

Surprised about the liver - I always thought of chicken as being milder than the rest. Must try liver curry soon.

B&W - you and your midnight munchies grin often sounds like you're just getting going, when the rest of us locals are trying to get to sleep!

BsshBossh Wed 15-Jan-14 16:40:50

Hurrah Laska for the loss and terrific TIP for being back at target weight smile

ATB 2014 is a brand new year!

Cuckoo puff pastry cheese straws? Oh my word, so moreish. I need to get back into baking again - DD could do with some yummy cheese muffins for her dinners and they go well with my NFD soup lunches (sliced and slathered in butter).

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