Has anyone tried the 5.2 Diet?

ChaelAZ

Legend
I fasted...I lasted all of 7 minutes.

I have always been a faster. Especially after the holidays, I just get s sick of eating, which is saying something for a foodie like me. But I find I mentally just get sick of eating so much and it really is about having the mindset that you don't need a lot of food intake to run your body. The oddest part for me is, normally I spend TONS of time bying, prepping, and eating food as a whole experience, when I am fasting and not eating much I end up with large blocks of time back. It is crazy to realize just how much time and mental focus of life is spent on food. I think that alone is worth the exprience of fasting and learning to break what I consider our unhealthy focus on food as an experience and not as simply the way we give ourselves energy to do everything else.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
So been doing more alternating fasting now as a regular schedule. Mostly eating one meal of about 1500 to 1800 calories around 10-12am, then not eating the next day until the same time. So that would be considered like a 22/2 (22 hour fast with a two hour eating window). Did a full 32 hour fast yesterday, ate at 6pm Tuesday and did no eat until 3am this morning. So no calories at all while fasting, but I do drink black coffee. Last night was the first night I actually felt hungry, but nothing I couldn't mentally handle. Drinking TONS of water and peeing like every 20 minutes is a pain, but I think that is helping a ton. I am also trying to cut down on sugars except fruits.

While I am not playing tennis right now, I am doing medium intesity walks for about 60 minutes of time throughout a day.

Really liking how I feel overall and definitely seeing weight/fat loss. I think this might be my norm moving forward, with one meal a day or at least a small eating window and at least 12 hours of fasting between. As mentioned, I started January 1st at 220.8 lbs. and was around 209 lbs. last Friday the 17th.. So lost about 12 pounds in 17 days. I am hoping to be around 205 by tomorrow, but would be happy with dropping a couple pounds a week. For me, I know the first 10 lbs always come off quick and then things moderate, but I think I can definitely hit my goal of 180 lbs. by April 1st, if not before.

I did some pics Jan 1st and some last week and it is amazing the difference. If you are doing this make sure you take photos so you can actually see the differences.

Anyone else still doing this? How is it going for you?
 

Rafaisdabest

Hall of Fame
So been doing more alternating fasting now as a regular schedule. Mostly eating one meal of about 1500 to 1800 calories around 10-12am, then not eating the next day until the same time. So that would be considered like a 22/2 (22 hour fast with a two hour eating window). Did a full 32 hour fast yesterday, ate at 6pm Tuesday and did no eat until 3am this morning. So no calories at all while fasting, but I do drink black coffee. Last night was the first night I actually felt hungry, but nothing I couldn't mentally handle. Drinking TONS of water and peeing like every 20 minutes is a pain, but I think that is helping a ton. I am also trying to cut down on sugars except fruits.

While I am not playing tennis right now, I am doing medium intesity walks for about 60 minutes of time throughout a day.

Really liking how I feel overall and definitely seeing weight/fat loss. I think this might be my norm moving forward, with one meal a day or at least a small eating window and at least 12 hours of fasting between. As mentioned, I started January 1st at 220.8 lbs. and was around 209 lbs. last Friday the 17th.. So lost about 12 pounds in 17 days. I am hoping to be around 205 by tomorrow, but would be happy with dropping a couple pounds a week. For me, I know the first 10 lbs always come off quick and then things moderate, but I think I can definitely hit my goal of 180 lbs. by April 1st, if not before.

I did some pics Jan 1st and some last week and it is amazing the difference. If you are doing this make sure you take photos so you can actually see the differences.

Anyone else still doing this? How is it going for you?

see this is where most people doing fasting can survive and I can’t as I don’t drink coffee or tea and water makes me feel sick if I drink a ton of it. So on diet days when I’m fasting I drink Coke No Sugar and or Hot Chocolates that have low calories in them as I still need flavour. Although would prefer if I could drink water and or Tea etc but it just tastes bad.

I never take photos bc my weight only goes up and down between 66kgs - 64kgs but I can‘t do a heap of exercise which is where it doesn’t help me. My hips are stuffed and need replacing eventually so I’m not aloud to run or do any strenuous exercise with my hips the way they are so it’s difficult for me to lose more weight.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
see this is where most people doing fasting can survive and I can’t as I don’t drink coffee or tea and water makes me feel sick if I drink a ton of it. So on diet days when I’m fasting I drink Coke No Sugar and or Hot Chocolates that have low calories in them as I still need flavour. Although would prefer if I could drink water and or Tea etc but it just tastes bad.

I never take photos bc my weight only goes up and down between 66kgs - 64kgs but I can‘t do a heap of exercise which is where it doesn’t help me. My hips are stuffed and need replacing eventually so I’m not aloud to run or do any strenuous exercise with my hips the way they are so it’s difficult for me to lose more weight.
Have you tried the flavored sparkling waters or even like Mio water enhancer? I'm kind of the same way in that just plain water is difficult for me to drink. I need some kind of flavor, so I usually go in for the sparkling waters they sell at HEB (local grocery chain, similar to your Woolworth's).
 
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Rafaisdabest

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Have you tried the flavored sparkling waters or even like Mio water enhancer? I'm kind of the same way in that just plain water is difficult for me to drink. I need some kind of flavor, so I usually go in for the sparkling waters they sell at HEB (local grocery chain, similar to your Woolworth's).
No. Although been told to try sparkling water before. Just haven't but will try some now and see how I go. Thanks.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
see this is where most people doing fasting can survive and I can’t as I don’t drink coffee or tea and water makes me feel sick if I drink a ton of it. So on diet days when I’m fasting I drink Coke No Sugar and or Hot Chocolates that have low calories in them as I still need flavour. Although would prefer if I could drink water and or Tea etc but it just tastes bad.

I never take photos bc my weight only goes up and down between 66kgs - 64kgs but I can‘t do a heap of exercise which is where it doesn’t help me. My hips are stuffed and need replacing eventually so I’m not aloud to run or do any strenuous exercise with my hips the way they are so it’s difficult for me to lose more weight.
Yeah, those Mio things are what my family likes. I will add a sprinkle of the Crystal Light Peach Green Tea flavor packs to water sometimes, but I ha e gotten more used to drinking a lot of water so no carbs for me while fasting. Not sure the .5 grams in a pack would make a difference so worth trying.

 

Rafaisdabest

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Yeah, those Mio things are what my family likes. I will add a sprinkle of the Crystal Light Peach Green Tea flavor packs to water sometimes, but I ha e gotten more used to drinking a lot of water so no carbs for me while fasting. Not sure the .5 grams in a pack would make a difference so worth trying.

Thanks also.
Although I have tried low calorie flavoured Tea’s too but got sick of them too easily. Maybe I’ll try the Sparkling Flavoured Water instead because it’s similar to soft drink which my body likes but at least it seems more healthier than soft drinks actually are.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
As mentioned, I started January 1st at 220.8 lbs. and was around 209 lbs. last Friday the 17th.. So lost about 12 pounds in 17 days. I am hoping to be around 205 by tomorrow, but would be happy with dropping a couple pounds a week.
Wowza. Weighed in at 204.5 this morning! Really feeling good overall and this meal timing change has been good for me. Not feeling hungry, and actually eating less when I do eat. And no loss in energy for me. Wife also start just over a week and half ago and weighed in 6 pounds down this morning. Worth trying if you are on the fence.

 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, those Mio things are what my family likes. I will add a sprinkle of the Crystal Light Peach Green Tea flavor packs to water sometimes, but I ha e gotten more used to drinking a lot of water so no carbs for me while fasting. Not sure the .5 grams in a pack would make a difference so worth trying.

Yeah, I also love the Crystal Light packets as well. Mix the Strawberry (Caffeine one) with the regular lemonade and it's just wonderful. (y)
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks also.
Although I have tried low calorie flavoured Tea’s too but got sick of them too easily. Maybe I’ll try the Sparkling Flavoured Water instead because it’s similar to soft drink which my body likes but at least it seems more healthier than soft drinks actually are.
I remember when I visited, I went to Woolworth's a few times and their sparkling waters were actually really good. You might want to give them a try. In Melbourne, my dad and I stayed in a suburb area called Box Hill, which was like Asian town. We would walk from the hotel to the main shopping area and pick stuff up at the Woolworth's there.
 

Rafaisdabest

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I remember when I visited, I went to Woolworth's a few times and their sparkling waters were actually really good. You might want to give them a try. In Melbourne, my dad and I stayed in a suburb area called Box Hill, which was like Asian town. We would walk from the hotel to the main shopping area and pick stuff up at the Woolworth's there.
ohhh I’m on diet day today and went to Woolies earlier and forgot to get some lol next diet day I will have to remember too.
 

WilPro

Rookie
5.2 is a great intermittent fasting thingy. But it is important how you end your fasting. What you eat right after fasting. Very, very, very important.

Also if you want to lose weight, fornication helps a lot. Sex is a great sport.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
5.2 is a great intermittent fasting thingy. But it is important how you end your fasting. What you eat right after fasting. Very, very, very important.

Also if you want to lose weight, fornication helps a lot. Sex is a great sport.
Actually calories burned during sex aren’t even as high as a steady state medium pace walk for the same amount of time.

For me I also haven’t had any issues with what I eat after fasting days. I do tend to eat very little sugars though overall, so I suppose if someone had a bunch of donuts after 24 hours of no eating it wouldn’t be as good for the body.

And, of course, you can’t just mindlessly chow calories and should be at most at maintenance calories for the day or continue at a deficit.


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Rafaisdabest

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Actually calories burned during sex aren’t even as high as a steady state medium pace walk for the same amount of time.

For me I also haven’t had any issues with what I eat after fasting days. I do tend to eat very little sugars though overall, so I suppose if someone had a bunch of donuts after 24 hours of no eating it wouldn’t be as good for the body.

And, of course, you can’t just mindlessly chow calories and should be at most at maintenance calories for the day or continue at a deficit.


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unfortunately I do eat a lot of crap the day after lol but don’t go overboard but when I was originally doing it I ate at midnight which occasionally I still do if starving but if I think I can fast till next day I do. Although when I’m not dieting I don’t eat healthy on my days off so might have something to do with why I only maintain my weight and not lose it as much. Although weighed myself today and I’m 64.7kgs which is good for me.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
unfortunately I do eat a lot of crap the day after lol but don’t go overboard.
The biggest thing for me is not eating over my maintenance calories. My average calories burned on an active day are around 3000, and with eating once in about a 24 hour period as I have, it is REALLY hard to eat even that much in one sitting. Like this weekend Friday was an eating day and I decided to do a normal 3 meal day and I was able to consume 3098 calories, but with exercise my net intake was only about 2400 calories, which is still at a deficit. My last meal Friday was at 6pm. So Saturday I didn't eat until 6pm again and I had a huge 2 cup bowl of pasta and marinara sauce with meat, as well as 3 alcholo seltzer drinks for a about 1500 calories. Again, after exercise for the day my net calories was only around 700, so a large deficit day. And Sunday I didn't eat again until 6pm last night and we went to Carabas Italian for my son's bday and I splurge on a meal that was 2500 calories (ceasar salad, bread with olive oil, roma chicken breast with a mound of garlic mashed potatoes, but with the little exercise I did my net calories was only 2200. Today I won't eat at all, but tomorrow morning I will eat by 6am and I suspsect I will be around 2500-3000 calories for the day tomorrow, but with execise net will be around 2500, so still deficit.

I really don't limit myself when I do eat, but only eat as much as I am hungry for which tends to be low enough to keep myself in deficit every day. Even with what looks like, and felt like a lot of food this weekend, for fun I weighed myself this morning and I was already down another 1.5 pounds since Friday.

I will say Sunday both my wife and I felt hungry in the morning but we both just kind of kept ourselves busy, and I even got in a tennis match, and we made it until we went out to Carabas. That was the first 'hungry' day we had though since starting. Also interesting, with the 24 hours of fasting we do and eating less overall, when I do eat food is tasting SOOOO much better, but that is probably a mental thing! lol.
 

Mac33

Hall of Fame
I read this today....

I've been fasting for seven days every second month and have gone as long as ten. I do two days a week pretty regularly although at xmas things fell apart a little.

My meditation practice definitely helped with the hunger which is just a sensation. As is eating, And all sensations pass.

The benefits have to be experienced to be believed. Astonishing increase in energy and alertness, Of course a bit of weight loss although not nearly as much as I anticipated but then I weigh the same as I did 43 years ago. You save a fair whack too which is a good thing.

I have to say that I was astonished by the amount of crap. literally. which was coming out of me seven days into my first fast. On day seven I did a massive turd, which after not eating for seven days, had me wondering what goes on in my gut. I've found now that farting on day three and four is extremely risky and like Cisco the smell can be quite overpowering,

The biggest lesson I have learned about it is the fact that the dietary advice we are given by the government agencies and mainstream medicine is pretty suss.

When I first started I was talking to a great big fat bloke about it and he assured me that what I was doing was dangerous. I had the decency to keep quiet with regard to his obesity!
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
When I first started I was talking to a great big fat bloke about it and he assured me that what I was doing was dangerous. I had the decency to keep quiet with regard to his obesity!
I don't treat my eating and exercise like crossfit, were all they do is talk it about it. I do have people ask, and when it is an approriate place like here I do enjoy sharing. I have people claim even the 24-36 hours isn't good for me, but I just send them out to the research and findings. Although most do not recommend dong longer than 72 hours without specific doctor support and medical reasons, if it works for you then it works. I am finding 24-36 hours is working, but haven't tried longer yet. Honestly, I feel much better for energy and focus and I don't feel like I am starving, all with very good fat loss, so I don't feel I need to explore beyond that yet.
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
I am glad that more people are accepting or embracing fasting as beneficial. This is a step in the right direction. The journey though.. is toward a state of peace and relaxed way of eating that one does not need to think about it.

There is a lot of unnecessary preoccupation thinking about what to eat, how many calories is in what food, how much and when to eat.. I doubt people do it for fun, but some do it and become obsess with it. Well, in this world we seems to embrace more is better so we want to know more, controlling more, and more gets you more ... basically more stress. Like somebody said, it is a mindset. After you understand and accept a few certain fundamental facts then just let go. Don't fuzz with it. It is all good.

When my doctor said I was pre-diabetic I began to worry because everyone in my father's side died from diabetes. At the time, I believe that Asian Have to have rice in their meals. Then I did some reading and research trying to find the magic diet, magic food.. well I learned that carbohydrate is basically evil to our body. So now we eat less than 50% of rice we used to eat. I pretty much stop using sugar in my cooking. And I stop baking bread, but make pizza sometimes. We looked into intermitten fasting, tried 2-5 then 8-16. But we love a nice cut of juicy steak. We skip breakfast as sort of intermitten fasting but not quite 8-16. We enjoy food when we have good food or cook. We grow food and eat some of it. And sometimes we just skip. We simply do not worry about food any more. Yeah, we are aware of what we eat but we are not obsessed with it. Make most of our own food which is better than take-outs. We waste less food. And we feel pretty health.

I guess most people are too far off the "zone" to be at this stage. But I hope you can get to there.

Ok, some idea .. 1. Fasting is better for health than eating 3 meals a day. You, me, everybody's DNA has genes from ancesters who survived famine. Starvation was a normal occurance in human history. So going hungry is normal. Eating 3 meals is a recent human invention. 2. Human brain is plastic, you can change, your thoughts can change. So ... change. 3. Don't be silly, counting calories is a concept that simplify how energy is converting. The reality is much more complicated than that. Plus low fat or sugarless products are generally worse than the real thing.

I am not looking for arguments. I do hope I get some people to think about it. Live well, peace!
 
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polksio

Rookie
I have just started this week,
It's where you fast for 2 days but on those days if you're a woman like me you can only eat 400 calories if you are a man 600 Calories, you don't have to do the exercise but if you do it's once a week for 3 mins and intensely, I struggled first day because you can only drink water and tea or coffee and I don't like any of them but I drank water with much difficulty, anyways just want to know if anyone else has tried this method of dieting? And what do they think?
I tried the eat every 3 days diet. And a cheat day on sunday. It works.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Still working with meal timing and long er fasting between meals - basically one meal a day During the week and monderated eating as much as possible on the weekends. As posted earilier, dropped 20 pounds as of last Friday (200.4 lbs weigh-in), but with Super Bowl and such I absolutely chowed Saturday and Sunday so was back up a bit (Monday morning was 203.5 lbs). Got back on track for the week and had a weigh-in this morning of 199.0 lbs and plan on staying on track through the weekend and into next week. Goals is 196 lbs by next Friday. Still feeling good and been out on court enjoying the reduced knee pain and lighter feel.

Well worth the bit of sacrifice in the short term for long term quality of life.
 

Rafaisdabest

Hall of Fame
Just did my diet day today will weigh myself tomorrow when I get up. Last time I checked I was 64.9kgs so slightly heavier than my previous weight but nothing much to be agro over. Still yet to try sparkling water. One thing I do drink is Jarrah Hot Chocolate. They’re quite nice and similar to the non diet Hot Chocolates. They’re 63 calories so pretty good.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
...had a weigh-in this morning of 199.0 lbs and plan on staying on track through the weekend and into next week. Goals is 196 lbs by next Friday.
Ate somewhat moderated this weekend so no big loss there, but started Monday with a good long fast and weighed in at 198lbs this morning. Still have a goal of 196 lbs by Friday.

Oh...and I am finding a greatly important component of fasting for fat loss is good sleep. For me I am finding having my meal around 4pm and nothing else through the night really helps bakes off the fat/lbs. And also timing my fasting to get my 11am workout in later in my fasting hours (like at least 16 hours in) helps do the same.
 
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Rafaisdabest

Hall of Fame
65.7kgs yesterday so put on a Kilo but that often happens I go up and down between 66kgs - 64kgs Whereis when I was extra strict originally I lost all my weight and went back to one day just to maintain it and still kept losing it so had to stop then I gained it all back on and since re starting it haven’t been successful in getting down to my goal weight of 60kgs I’m just happy that I stay within that range I said at the start of this comment.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Wowza. Weighed in at 204.5 this morning! Really feeling good overall and this meal timing change has been good for me. Not feeling hungry, and actually eating less when I do eat. And no loss in energy for me. Wife also start just over a week and half ago and weighed in 6 pounds down this morning. Worth trying if you are on the fence.

I was 214 am on Dec 31 and weighed in at 199 lbs this am. My miracle diet: sensible portions, mostly green things. Kale smoothie in the morning, soup or sandwich for lunch, meat and salad for supper.

Was thinking about adding the 16 hr fast by skipping breakfast a couple days a week. But will see if I plateau.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I was 214 am on Dec 31 and weighed in at 199 lbs this am. My miracle diet: sensible portions, mostly green things. Kale smoothie in the morning, soup or sandwich for lunch, meat and salad for supper.

Was thinking about adding the 16 hr fast by skipping breakfast a couple days a week. But will see if I plateau.
Congrats. I know for me my knees are thanking me on court for losing the lbs.

Really, if you have a meal plan you are comfortable with and consistent with there is no miracle fating done for weight loss. It is more about the other benefits that research is finding. For me, I just feel better and more energtic overall. I say worth trying though.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Just an update. Hit my 195 goal for this week weighing in at 195.4 this morning.




Interesting benefit of fasting has been reduce joint and muscle pain overall. I was to the point of taking ibuprofen before playing and for days after for all over pain. The weight loss has helped with knee impact issues, but where my neck, arm and shoulder where always sore, almost all the pain is gone. Kinda didn’t believe the research about reduced inflammation, but definitely working for me. Also good mental clarity and added energy.

I’ve done many different diets and conditioning routines and all have lost weight with various impacts on muscle tone and such. This is the first where I feel much more systemic improvements beyond fitness.

And I still eat well and get my beers. It’s just better timing and moderation is all.
 

Rafaisdabest

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Just an update. Hit my 195 goal for this week weighing in at 195.4 this morning.




Interesting benefit of fasting has been reduce joint and muscle pain overall. I was to the point of taking ibuprofen before playing and for days after for all over pain. The weight loss has helped with knee impact issues, but where my neck, arm and shoulder where always sore, almost all the pain is gone. Kinda didn’t believe the research about reduced inflammation, but definitely working for me. Also good mental clarity and added energy.

I’ve done many different diets and conditioning routines and all have lost weight with various impacts on muscle tone and such. This is the first where I feel much more systemic improvements beyond fitness.

And I still eat well and get my beers. It’s just better timing and moderation is all.
That’s awesome. Glad that it’s working out well for you in many different ways. Yet still get to have some goodies in between with no real setbacks.
Just did a fasting day today and haven’t eaten since dinner time till the morning getting more stricter bc I need to get to my goal weight of 60kgs so time to crack the whip and eat a little more healthier on non fasting days too.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Congrats. I know for me my knees are thanking me on court for losing the lbs.

Really, if you have a meal plan you are comfortable with and consistent with there is no miracle fating done for weight loss. It is more about the other benefits that research is finding. For me, I just feel better and more energtic overall. I say worth trying though.
I think just losing weight makes you feel better. I'm not so sure fasting makes the critical difference. Every fad diet is filled with testimonials of "I feel more energetic and my mind is less foggy" from Atkin's to keto to gluten free to vegan to intermittent fasting. The only thing they all have in common is weight loss.

Losing 15 pounds any which way makes me feel better with more bounce in my step. And I've tried most of the various diets. I do think low carb works better for me than low fat, but that's about it.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I think just losing weight makes you feel better. I'm not so sure fasting makes the critical difference. Every fad diet is filled with testimonials of "I feel more energetic and my mind is less foggy" from Atkin's to keto to gluten free to vegan to intermittent fasting. The only thing they all have in common is weight loss.

Losing 15 pounds any which way makes me feel better with more bounce in my step. And I've tried most of the various diets. I do think low carb works better for me than low fat, but that's about it.

It is always about what you can stick to consistently and for the long term that matters. And yup, weight loss is easily broke down to calories and vs calories out and having a deficit, but there are difference in systemic impacts. For me, the peer review research about fasting and lower carb is the difference from fad diets. I have gained and lost several times using various methods as well.




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