If any American members (or even guests/lurkers!) have experienced success with The Fast Diet/5:2 lifestyle and would be willing to offer a testimonial for use by the media please would you make contact with me either via this thread, PM or through my email - email@example.com
I've had contact from a publisher via Mimi Spencer who is in urgent need of some American testimonials as the media is apparently desperate for some real life examples/success stories.
Here's what she says they're in need of:
Short testimonials are ideal - and definitely some mention of just how much is different -- either weight-wise, or health-wise (or both, of course).
If the participants are willing to submit 'before and after' photos, that kind of material has been hugely useful... Obviously, if participants aren't comfortable, that's understandable.
So, short testimonials including how much weight you've lost in what timescale and any health improvements noticed/tested would be really useful. If you're happy/able to provide photos this would be helpful too, but not essential so please don't let this put you off getting involved. I've offered to be involved if they need me.
She has also mentioned that 5:2ers from the UK who've had success would also be really helpful for some upcoming projects. I don't have more info about these as present, but by expressing an interest you are not committed to anything, you'll just be contacted by the publisher with more information, at which point you can decide whether or not you wish to be involved.
I don't know if there will be any kind of incentive to be involved, besides the fact that you'll be helping to spread the wonder of 5:2 to more people and help change lives through it
The problem with American testimonials, is that most of us just found out about this diet within the last month or so. There might not be any big losses yet. I've been on this for 2 weeks, and have lost 7 lbs, which I am happy about! But no big loss or picture change yet. I do love this way of eating and will continue until and after I reach my goal!
I think that's why the came to me, in the hope that at least a few users here found out about it sooner and have been doing it for a few months or more. I can think of a few American users who've been doing it longer than average - will have to try to find them individually and ask them
I'd certainly be up for helping out with the UK projects. I am nearing the 3 stone loss mark which would represent a 20% decrease in body weight over a 4 month period. (I've just about caught you up on the weight loss Moogie!)
Weight at start: 105 kg; dress size UK 20 Target, 65 kg, reached 15 May 2014 - 18 months after my first fast Current weight: 64.4 kg; dress size UK 8-10 Maintenance weight range: 63-65 kg My method: 8 months of 5:2, remainder and maintenance 16:8 + reduced carbs My story here Last update: 17 March 2016 Follow me on Twitter @CJstGR
My loss is very slow (mainly because the Christmas period was rather more feasting than fasting and I know I put a few lbs on !! - I've been doing 5:2 since November. Am happy for my email to be passed. My OH is also doing 5:2 with me and has lost a stone since Christmas - he'd be happy for his email to be passed on too I'm sure.
There is nothing wrong with the situation, just my attitude towards it! I don't eat Mondays or Thursdays My method: 5:2 Liquid only 16:8 on non-fast days
They definitely need positive testimonials, just had a brief look at google and seen the few American articles that have been published already and they're less than favourable. It's annoying that people make assumptions before even researching about the WOE. Fasting has been around for hundreds of years, not even the cavemen into consideration! And this isn't even proper fasting anyway, I think the word "fast" scares people. I really don't see this as a "fad" diet and its frustrating that any old person can criticise before researching properly.