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violet eyes

5:2 diet... your views

As diets go this seems an easy diet to stick with. Eat normally for 5 days and have a low calorie day on the other 2 days, 500 cal for women and 600 cal for men.
Anyone tried it or know anyone who has?

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Darkginger

5:2 Diet

I haven't tried it myself, but am on a couple of dieting forums with people who are on it, and they seem to be having some success. I did think about trying it in conjunction with the low carbing I'm already doing, in order to speed up the loss, but then decided not to fix what wasn't broken!

It does seem like a sensible and sustainable way of eating, with health benefits over and above weight loss - but I'm a bit allergic to counting calories, even if it's only twice a week - makes me start obsessing about food.

Let us know how you get on if you try it!

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Kilmory

5:2 diet

We tried this back in September with great success, and then went on holiday and fell off the wagon! I didn't need to start it again because suddenly I lost weight as a result of my underactive thyroid being corrected but OH went back on it in February.

He has a fair bit of weight to lose and so far has lost 16 lbs without suffering too much and is well pleased with himself. Apart from wieght loss and the other health benefits described by Michael Mosely it has the effect of making one realise just how many calories are in various foods and the importance of portion size. As a result we both eat smaller meals on non-fast days. On fast days I prepare the main meal based on fish, seafood or pulses with lots of vegetables. BBC Good food has loads of 200-400 calorie meals on the site.

Good luck to anyone who tries it, it works, is not boring and the GP is very approving.

Kilmory

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violet eyes

5:2 diet... your views

Darkginger I've read some of your posts about your weightloss, well done. I did think about reducing the carbs that we eat but giving up bread etc seems a hard thing to do so again well done for doing it. Do you need to lose much more weight?

Kilmory, pleased you and the OH had good results even if you did fall off the wagon. But at least your OH is back on it now. I will take a look at the G/F site and see what they offer in the way of low calorie recipes.
I bought a new set of scales the other week. And I can't keep saying the scales are wrong now.

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Queen of Puds

5:2 diet... your views

My colleague & his wife are on it, find it v easy (although she may stop because she has IBS & it isn't good for that they say). He lost 3lb in week one, 4lb in week 2. His wife was also pleased, they reckon to plan to do it on & off when it suits.

Think I may have a go, although I did well on the carb free last year before I went on hols, so might do a couple of weeks on each & see...

At the end of the day for me, it is about willpower & eating less (because although I know I should do more, I hate exercise!)

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Merrie

Good Results

I have been on the 5:2 diet since the beginning of January and have lost nearly a stone. My Body Mass Index has dropped from 25.9 to 25 which is brilliant. My cholesterol has also dropped, right down to 4.5. Even though I am on medication for it, it has never been below 5.6 ! Am so pleased. I find the diet very easy to keep to, no counting calories every day. I have more energy as well, and altogether feel very well. All my blood results were good, my knees and ankles have stopped aching (with the weight!). The compliments I have had regarding the weight loss have really given me a boost too. It is the easiest diet I have ever done, and has really become a way of life now. I want to lose about another 4-5 lbs and then do a maintenance fast of perhaps one day a week after that.

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violet eyes

5:2 diet... your views

Thanks for your replies.
I wouldn't mind losing a stone in 4 months as you have Merrie, well done.
I think that the 2 days when eating 500/600 cals if I plan in advance they won't be the problem it's what to eat on the other 5 days that will be. Do you eat normal everyday meals as before without going over the top or do you think twice about what you eat on those days as well?

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Kilmory

5:2 diet

The advice is to eat normally and healthily on the other 5 days but we've found we eat less than we used to, probably due to more calorie awareness created on the 5/600 days.

Kilmory

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The Cat's Mother

5:2 Diet

I have a friend here in France who is currently on this diet. She has lost a lot of weight (about 10 lbs I think) so far. She is very tall and big boned so has the same number of calories as her husband and it seems to work for them both. I am seriously thinking of having a go - it can only be good!! (Especially for someone like me who has no willpower and is allergic to exercise!) Our pool is being opened up on Tuesday so an incentive there I think. If only the weather would get warmer.

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Esther R

5:2 diet....your views

I am inspired by your cholesterol drop Merrie. Mine was 5.7 and I have been put on a low cholesterol diet. If it does not go down I will have to have tablets. I am trying to be as good as I can and fingers crossed I can get mine down too.

I have two friends who swear by the 5:2 diet. They find it easy to follow because they can eat normally if they go out for a meal or if they are visiting friends. They certainly look trim.

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Merrie

The other 5 days

I eat normally but healthily if you know what I mean. I don't drink much alcohol anyway, but no biscuits, cakes or sweeties except as a treat at the weekend. Cakes were my downfall as made them all the time ! I don't do alot of exercise, go line dancing for an hour once a week, and do some yoga and step on my Wii. I have found it great not having to calorie count every meal, and once you start you will probably work out meals that you can do every week. Good luck with it, it's easy ...

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violet eyes

5:2 diet... your views

Thanks to you all for the replies.
I think I shall start next week but I am now thinking that the 2 days will not be as easy as I thought. I will have to count the calories or I will be in danger of going over 500. I'm going to have to find out the calories of a few foods so I can put together some meals. On the other 5 days I will cook/eat as normal but put less on my plate. If I think I'm on a diet I won't last long.
If you have any ideas or tips for some filling low cal meals I would be grateful for the recipes.

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Merrie

Low cal meals ...

Violet Eyes, if you Google Fast Diet or 5:2 diet, you will find quite a few sites with low calorie recipes devised especially for the diet. I bought Dr Michael Mosleys book about it and that gives you ideas for breakfast and dinner. Good luck ..

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violet eyes

low cal recipes

Merrie, I had a look at some sites about the diet which did have a few recipes, have made a note of a couple that sound interesting. I will also take a look at the book you mention, might even buy it, we'll see.
Thanks again :o)

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Queen of Puds

5:2 diet

I have done a week of no carbs, or rather tried & slipped more than a little, so have decided that I'm going to try the 5:2 instead.

I have googled & the Guardian webpage has links for a good few recipes. I had more difficulty finding out what the calories were for fresh tuna than I expected - there are plenty of apps but most seem based on cups of ingredients, not UK weights. So I'm back to using the web.

Ideal breakfasts seem to include low cal yoghurt with fresh fruit, lunches of mixed (no dressing) salad with prawns or lean ham, & e.g. poached salmon & steamed veg with another yog if you have calories available.

I will definitely start tomorrow!

 
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