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NoraBoswell wrote: Definitely not counting calories except on fast days. That was one of the main attractions to the diet. My weigh had been constant for some time and it would be counter-productive to binge on feed days so I just stick to my normal diet and try not to have more than a couple of extra treats in the week. Seems to work and I find it easier and easier to forget abut food between meal times.
Well that just says it all for me!
TML13 wrote: Are we supposed to eat a certain amount of calories? A percentage of our TDEE like on fast days?
It's considered best to eat somewhere around your TDEE on each non-fast day.
So, if you have 5 non-fast days, the total kcals should equal around 5xTDEE with some days being under and some days being over.
Though I had success on WW the need to track absolutely everything that i was consuming, even my skinny flat whites, drove me insane, and really was why I couldn't sustain it.
Going into 5:2 I do track my fast days but that is because I am only having dinner so not an arduous task. I am now coming into my 4th week. On my non fast days, I am essentially eating what I know would have been a days worth of points on WW. This seems to be working at the moment as I have lost 3.6kg so far. I realise that soon I will maybe plateau, that is when I will probably track a couple of days properly to make sure I am getting it completely right.
Fast days are easy - I don't eat. Just large quantities of unsweetened black tea and black coffee.
Feed days I just make sure that it's reasonably healthy with the occasional chocolate splurge.
I think my biggest change is in alcohol free days. I've gone from 1 or 2 a week to 5 or 6 a week. Again these are easy to count.
So far the weight is coming off at a reasonably satisfactory rate but if it stops coming off I'll reconsider these decisions.
I was really interested to read about your 7/8 hour feeding window in your non fast days as I was also doing the same thing. When I reached my target weight a few weeks ago I decided that I would adopt this way of eating on a permanent, daily basis and so far it s working a treat. My weight has never been so stable and calorie counting is now a thing of the past, I hope! If you Like a breakfast then this is impossible but as I never eat it anyway it is very easy for me to not break my fast before 12 or 1 o' clock. I really want the long term health benefits, if they exist, of fasting so this really suits me, good luck,