The continuing thread for those of us following either the 5:2 diet or the alternate-day fasting diet. Both are two versions of Intermittent Fasting, which you can read more about here.
The 5:2 diet was featured on Horizon recently, and essentially requires you to fast for 2 non-consecutive days per week. The other 5 days, you can eat what you like. Alternate-day fasting is just how it sounds; you fast every other day. By "fasting", we mean that we keep our calorie consumption very low, around 500 calories on average, on those days.
Here is a list of the links we've gathered so far about this diet. I hope I haven't left many out, but it was a 40 page thread! This is a good start for anyone, though:
First things first, here is a link to our previous thread, which we've outgrown. Lots of good support and ideas still to be found there. Here is the thread before that..
Here is the link to the BBC article regarding Michael Mosley's findings, which was featured on Horizon.
Here is a link to the first part of the aforementioned Horizon, subsequent parts of that episode are linked on that page.
A blog post here gives some of the scientific explanation for why this way of eating helps you to not only lose weight, but improve your all-around health.
A Telegraph article which comments on the diet and gives a brief overview.
A study discussed here gives commentary specifically addressing the effect of this diet on obese people (both men and women), with regard to both health and weight loss. ("After 8 weeks of treatment, participants had an average 12.5 lbs reduction in body weight and a 4 cm decrease in waist circumference. Total fat mass declined by about 12 lbs while lean body mass remained relatively constant.) it also mentions "Plasma adiponectin, a protein hormone that is elevated in obesity and associated with heart disease, dropped by 30%. As did LDL cholesterol (25%) and triglycerides (32%).")
Important link if you are currently your ideal BMI: this appears to suggest the benefits for women at a lower BMI might not be seeing the same health benefits that are found on men at their ideal BMI.
And for those already fasting, here is a link to 100 snacks under 100 calories.
Another food link, here is a link to the BBC Goof Food site, with a list of low-calorie soups.
We often mention basal metabolic rate (BMR) here. This refers to the amount of energy (calories) a person uses when at rest; so, the basic number of calories a person needs to stay the same weight. This number is often quoted as being 2000 calories for the "average" woman, but of course is different depending on how tall you are, how much you weigh, etc. Here is a calculator which will easily help you to find out what your BMR is.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who have been contributing, btw. Most of us are new to this diet. All of the links above have been posted by others in our previous thread, and they've been very helpful. Sorry if I haven't given credit where it's due, but it was just enough of a job getting them all in one post this afternoon. wink
Come join us, and tell us about your experiences with this diet!
Anyone ... it's my first day today - just had tea and 2 coffees with minimal milk. Am planning on having waitrose spag with meatballs in a at 507 calories. Not as healthy as other options I've read about ... but would prefer to have as little to do with food as pos. Opinions anyone?
starlady this thread is almost full so we've closed it and moved on to a new thread, you can find it here.
As a short response, though: I think a ready meal is an alright way to keep track of calories (not sure pasta would be my personal choice on a fast day, but you will have to learn for yourself what works for you!)
Remember though, you have to keep track of everything on fast days, including milk in coffees.
I keep my calories for the evening on fast days, too, btw. It's easiest, and it does mean you can have a decent meal in the evening.
Mumsnet threads have a maximum number of posts which is 1000. As this discussion is so popular our discussion has continued over many new threads.
If you would like to continue reading the discussion, here is a link to thread 5.
If youd like to read the discussion from the beginning heres a link to thread number 1.
If you would like to jump in and join the conversation we'd love to hear from you. Please join us on the latest thread to post your comments. As I'm posting this, the latest thread is number 10 which you can find here.
We soon outgrow the threads, but there's always a link to the next thread in the previous one so come and join us!