After a year doing 5:2 I realised there is a big difference between being hungry and being empty. Empty without gnawing hunger pains (what were they anyway - my guts protestng at all that food?) is GOOD. To me, it means my body is doing what it needs to do without the added burden of digestion.
I'm about to read the book (very cheap on kindle!) I just wasn't too impressed with his interview with Richard Bacon.
I like that he mentions that exercise improves insulin sensitivity, I see that as the main benefit of exercise and I get so tired of people who insist that exercise isn't worth doing because you only burn x amount of calories.
give it 10-20 years and much of the current advise will be rubbished, some new paradigm will be in
Suzanne, some of us haven't got 10-20 years! Well, that's not quite true, since I think I've got another 30 years ahead of me yet. But you have to start somewhere - and the evidence from my own body is, that IF works. Check out my blood results on my blog after 12 months IFing. Look at my post - "Walking is too slow" - my increase in energy has been nothing short of phenomenal.
I have other markers as well - my VO2max is in the mid-40s - and I can stand on one leg for upwards of 100 seconds, given by Dr Longo (I think) as an indicator of a youthful body.
So, credit where credit is due. Although the research was out there, it took Dr Mosley and the Horizon team to pull it all together and present it in a manageable form.
About a sourdough starter - that's the easy bit! If you get stuck, either PM me or email me.
Good luck - and keep the faith!
Ps. If you go back through the 35 threads, and look at the number of times posters have said that they're now in control of their weight - often for the first time in their lives - that makes a powerful case for IF!
At the moment (January 2014) there are lots and lots of new people trying 5:2 for size and the points that have been coming up again and again on the recent threads are :
DRINK MORE WATER - at least two pints of water a day, more if not drinking lots of tea and coffee
TONING AND CLENCHING - as your body shrinks you need to get your skin to shrink with it, and that comes down to toning and exercise, lots of it. Also look after your pelvic floor - as you get lighter you'll be able to exercise more and its really important to have your core muscles ready for the exciting stuff you'll be doing by summer
Subjects were mid-fifties males with BMI circa 26.
frumpet You really need to get over to the main thread - nr 35, ATM.
But yes, you choose the days which suit you.
Some choose to eat 3 small meals, totalling <500 or <600 during their fast days, others have two, whilst the majority find it easier to not eat breakfast or lunch and just have all their calories in their evening meal - so, yes, a 24 hour fast. I progressed to this over about 6 weeks or so.
But on the main thread they'll answer all your queries and give you loads of support should you need it!
Can i just ask , if people do IF , do they do set days ? i was thinking of starting 4.3 , but was going to work it around my work days , so would fast tuesday and thursday and saturday every week . Also do you fast for a 24hr period on each fast day ?
"Important statement: 'This is an important observation and confirms the present data and the data of others which show that intermittent dieting does not lead to disordered eating and overconsumption on non-restricted days'
Memorize and repeat to all the sceptics!!!
Oh, and note how they use the term 'intermittent dieting' not 'intermittent fasting'? It avoids that scary word...fasting... "