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Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
20 Jan 2014, 23:28
Thank you for your post.
I started with d
r Mosley because there was mention of losing weight, diabetes under control and
a very small article abot maybe helping the liver to mend. That is my reason
to do 5:2. As a social drinker (very seldom drinking) I have an alcoholic liver. So I decided that as the medical fraternity can't help, maybe this way could. Since reading Kate Harrison's The Ultimate 5:2 Recipe book, I have discoverede that there are so many other health areas improving my this way of life. So I raise a glass of mineral water to all of the followers out there and say "Good improved health"
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
21 Jan 2014, 09:47
very informative post, thank you! I am very new, so spending most of my time reading rather than posting; did my first fast yesterday and was very pleased an the non-death outcome, LOL.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
23 Jan 2014, 22:43
I am also a short woman with a few pounds to lose and I do despair when its going so slow BUT I will not give in and stop because I feel so much better in myself knowing I am seriously trying to improve my health, jn fact I look forward to tuesdays and thursdays my fast days......Onwards we go everybody DONT give up....
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
29 Jan 2014, 23:19
Thank you for such an amazing post! It's my first day on this site and to immediately find such a well written, helpful, funny, friendly post is great. Maybe a few months down the line I'll match it!
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
31 Jan 2014, 09:09
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
06 Feb 2014, 11:37
Very interesting reading, thank you very much as l too am a newbie.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
18 Feb 2014, 10:00
Great post. I love warning 6 :lol:

simcoeluv wrote: WARNING 6: You will get hungry on your fast days, but you will not die from that hunger. (The not dying part is a good thing.)
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
19 Feb 2014, 14:11
Bumping this one too. Enjoy :like:
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
14 Mar 2014, 12:34
Thank you for all the good advice. I am a vegetarian who has just over a stone to lose (this time) and want to keep it off for good. I need to cut down on carbs, I think.

I'm really looking forward to learning a lot from this forum. It looks a fantastic place to be.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
09 May 2014, 09:35
Two words for you simcoeluv...THANK YOU!!! I'm a newbie this is my third week and I was all ready to come on here firing a million questions, until I saw your post. My first week I lost 4lbs, my second week I put on 1lb and this week I am right back where I started. Now admittedly it is time of the month so I assume that has A LOT to do with it this week. But after reading your post, I do feel a whole lot better. It makes so much sense, so thank you. I'm going to give this a good 3-4 months and see how I go.
Tracy x
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
13 May 2014, 20:02
As a newbie, I am now on week 5, there is so much information on the internet about this diet. We all want to be "oldies" and know what all the acronyms mean and one day we will! I really think that for all newbies there is a learning curve, yes we will eat breakfast and then realise everyone is right about not eating breakfast. Yes we will have headaches and moan about it on here and get told read the bubbles. And yes one day we will no longer be newbies and reading all the actual newbies posts about eating breakfast and having headaches and think "you will learn".! But when you start something like this you need to find your own way and, if you are serious, you will be losing weight and bragging about how amazing this WOL is.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
13 May 2014, 20:21
Thanks for the article and reminder. I'm a newbie and still on a high about my wonderful losses to date, however I will remember these warnings when things slow down to a snails pace. At least I'm realistic enough to know 15 years of accumulated weight gain isn't going to disappear over night. But knowing it and dealing with it when it happens is two different things. It is great to have a forum like this, full of wonderful people with great advice and experience to learn from.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
16 May 2014, 07:47
The short women thing is good to know! At 5'2 with a stone to lose the scales are up and down all the time. My average weight loss is less than lb a week, but I'm glad that's normal, and not because I'm doing it wrong!
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
17 May 2014, 12:53
I am so relieved to have found a diet that suits my personality & love of food.

I was too frightened to weight myself at the beginning, but my partner said he could see it was working & sure enough I had lost 3 kgs the 1st month. A lot of the blogs I have read worried me that you had to diet everyday and fast for 2 days. I wanted to loose wt but not have to obsess about it every day- like I had for Dukan, CSIRO, low carb. I didn't care how long it took as long as the wt was going down, not up. I also decided not to tell friends, again because unlike previous diets they didn't need to know or judge. Six months later with 5 weeks off on holiday(active-skiing), I have lost 10 kgs. Even though I'm still 7 kgs off my goal, I feel so slim & am enjoying wearing the clothes I have loved for years & only dreamt that I would fit into again.

I keep my fast days simple. My fast days have been usually Monday & Thursday, with the beauty of it being moveable if a social occasion is on either of these days. In January I decided to try Intermitent Fasting on my fast days as well. So now I don't eat from the previous night until about 6.30-7.30pm on fast days ( research suggest 14 hrs fasting for women, more is no more effective). I drink lots of water throughout the day. I do have tea with milk at breakfast time, chewing gum, oxo if hungry (high sodium, not good for everyone). Then my partner & I have pork, salmon or lamb grilled, charisma potatoe (only sold in Coles-45cals per 100gms) baked & Vegs or salad. Then later, an almond milk banana with nutmeg shake, very tasty & filling & a cup of tea with milk. Easily under 500 cals. We both love these foods, there is plenty to eat & very little planning ( obsession) needed in the preparation.

I have noticed I don't binge on my none fast days, I also don't feel guilty & am feeling fuller quicker. I look forward to my fast days, enjoy the feeling of not eating on these days, as I know I can have whatever I want tomorrow. The only thing I have to think about now is, is 63 kgs too low wt for my age (58, last time I was 63kgs was when I was 42) as my wrinkles may need a little more padding now I'm older? How terrible is that, I might have to raise my wt goal!!! I hope my story is of help to others as I feel so positive & hope others can enjoy the rewards of the 5:2 fast diet.
Re: Warnings to all Newbies!
02 Jul 2014, 03:20

Good Luck!
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