I ask this because I'm considering doing only one fast day a week in addition to a couple of "long nights" where I effectively eat early (6pm) and fast until breakfast at 8am.
The reason for this is that I don't have any weight to lose. My BMI is 21 or so and any lower I look gaunt.
I don't know if I'll get the same health benefits and I'd welcome other people's opinion. I'm 100% motivated by the health benefits and I can see from reading the book that some fasting is better than none.
Apologies if this is in the wrong place. And good luck to all you fasters! I'm on day one and it's not easy.
naturelover there are people doing this purely for health reasons. There's a maintainance thread for experienced 5:2ers who don't want to lose any more weight but want to continue 5:2ing for the health benefits. Worth a browse. The maintenance thread is for the experienced to exchange tips, so if you have any 'getting started' questions come and join in the chat on the main thread. The experienced 5:2ers read this thread too so you'll find the answers to your questions on there.