Threads

See more results

Topics

Usernames

Mumsnet Logo
Please
or
to access all these features

Mumsnet hasn't checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. You may wish to speak to a medical professional before starting any diet.

Does 5:2 work for weight loss?
20

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 10:48

I think I could do it but only if it actually works. I tried no carbs and that worked but was unsustainable long term.

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Freshprincess · 17/09/2018 10:59

I lost 2 and half stone with it 3 years ago and kept most of it off. Fasting twice a week was a bit unsustainable for me. I was training for a half marathon and found working training around fasting was too much to juggle.
I’m about 10lbs heavier than I would like to be now, so I’m going to get back on it

Please
or
to access all these features

eurochick · 17/09/2018 10:59

By making you eat fewer calories, like all diets.

Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 11:01

By making you eat fewer calories, like all diets yup that's fine. I'd rather just think about it for two days not seven!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Haworthia · 17/09/2018 11:06

It does. I found fast days very difficult though. Some people can power through the hunger but with two young children I couldn’t. I much preferred low carbing, funnily enough.

Any “diet” is fundamentally unsustainable, I suppose, because we all love junk/treat food (well, most of us) and don’t like depriving ourselves of it. But personally, what I also found unsustainable was being overweight and feeling crap about myself. I make low carbing sustainable but allowing myself weekend treats but still avoiding starchy carbs like bread, potatoes, pasta, rice etc.

But I digress! By all means try 5:2 for a while. Different approaches work for different people.

Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 11:28

Thanks. I might set myself a challenge of doing it for a fortnight then think about it. I love a slice of homemade wholemeal bread and butter! If I can have that a few times a week I don't care what else I have to give up!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

eurochick · 17/09/2018 12:46

Sorry I read the question as "how does...".

Please
or
to access all these features

nooddsocksforme · 17/09/2018 13:32

I found the 1st 2 weeks the most difficult and then got used to it so maybe give it a month? I lost over a stone in 6 months but that was all I needed to lose and I’ve kept it off .
Be careful about what you eat the other days - there is a calculator for this . I was on 1300 calories the rest of the time .
I wasn’t rigid about it tho. If I ate nearer 600 calories on 1 of my fast days I didn’t worry , and if I wanted a takeaway now and again I had it . I still lost weight .

Please
or
to access all these features

jellycat · 17/09/2018 19:47

Yes, it worked for me - I lost about a stone. As nooddsocksforme says, you have to be careful on the other days too. I’m short and it’s quite easy to undo all the hard work by overeating on the other days. I’ve just re-started in earnest having relaxed too much and put it all back on 😳. I find fast days easy as long as I don’t eat anything at all (no milk in coffee even). I drink water and black coffee during the day and eat a fairly normal albeit lowish cal meal early evening.

Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 19:50

Yeah I think I need to eat nothing. I had lunch today and just had a light supper. I'm not hungry but think I might have eaten more than. 500 cals. Oh well its a start

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Zazu44 · 17/09/2018 19:52

I'll join you Miladymilord, if you need a buddy

Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 19:53

2 eggs and a few cherry tomatoes

Tuna salad, few spoonfuls natural yogurt

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 19:53

Yes please zazu!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Ruffian · 17/09/2018 19:58

I personally find that fasting just makes me obsessed with food. Like Haworthia, low carbing is better for me and the weight loss is the same.

Going into winter fasting is pretty awful as I used to be freezing all day on fast days.

Please
or
to access all these features

Miladymilord · 17/09/2018 19:59

Oh god I was obsessed with food when I was low carbing.i agree it does work though

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

jellycat · 17/09/2018 20:02

I’m not strict about it being 500 cals. Just as long as I have a big deficit on fast days and eat carefully on most of the other days. I’m usually a bit less strict at weekends but still loose if I stick to it properly.

Please
or
to access all these features

jellycat · 17/09/2018 20:05

I find I obsess less with fasting. You only have to do it 2 days a week and I just find eating nothing for 2 days/week is easier than eating less every day.

Please
or
to access all these features

EthelThePiratesDaughter · 18/09/2018 08:14

I find it helps if you can find an easy recipe (or even a healthy-ish ready meal) that comes to about 500 calories. I find it easier just powering through and not eating until dinner time. If I try and divide 500 calories between two meals I don't feel like I've eaten anything. I'm no less hungry at dinner time. If I save my calories for the evening I can have a meal which fills me up and doesn't leave me hungry before I go to bed.

It does work.

Please
or
to access all these features

StrumpersPlunkett · 20/09/2018 20:56

Miladymilord did you go for it?
I am on week2
Fasting day 4
I am having a cup of coffee in an insulated mug to sip through to when I finish work at 1.30.
I then am not going home, I am swimming for 45 mins then steam room
School run then when the family have dinner I am having a ready meal it is my way of knowing what calories I am having.
Tonight I have had Katsu chicken curry 360 calories and another cup of coffee.
Because I am swimming on fast days I am tired so falling asleep easily at 10.
Gone from 15st 4 to 14st 12 in 2 weeks.
However I have heaps to lose 😳

Please
or
to access all these features

Ta1kinpeace · 20/09/2018 21:02

I started 5:2 in August 2012
I've used it to varying degrees to stay at a happy healthy weight since then.
I will continue doing so for the rest of my life.

Please
or
to access all these features

StrumpersPlunkett · 20/09/2018 21:05

I think that is exactly it. I am not seeing it as just a diet but a sea change.
Having days where very little is eaten on a regular basis is good for the system.

Please
or
to access all these features
Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.