Am thinking of doing this and have been reading bits of the various threads, think I have the jist of it. 5 days eating normally 2 days eating up to 500 calories. My questions are, having read about leaving the 16hr gap is this just on a fast day or the day leading into a fast day?
During this 16hr gap could I have tea with milk or should I just have water?
It just sort of happens depending on when you have your first meal of the fast. I have supper the day before at 4.30/5ish with the DSs and try not to have anything else after that, then have a smallish breakfast as I can't manage the day without, nothing for lunch - apart from a Bovril - and then a small supper again at 4.30/5ish.
I read that women can 'get away' with 14 hours and so that's pretty much what I do.
I'm pretty flexible and still am losing inches round my waist so am not too hung up on counting calories or exact timings! For me this is a way of eating / way of life, not a diet!
I've also reduced the carbs I eat overall although I can't give them up completely as I like bread etc too much, and this is also helping too. Dr John Briffa has written a really helpful book entitled Escape the Diet Trap which I've found very interesting.
Nothing's written in stone. See how you do tomorrow and go from there. There's not been a huge amount of research done yet on any of this so I think the best thing to do is see what fits into your life.
And - don't give up! If you don't manage one day, leave it a couple of days and try again, it's not the end of the world
Good luck. Both DH and I have been doing it since August and are really reaping the benefits.
Toms - that's not a good idea. The science behind this WOE is that you put your body into 'repair mode' rather than the 'starvation mode' which you would do restricting to 500cals for a week. As soon as you go to 'starvation mode' your body will not do a good way of losing weight once you start eating again.