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Time check
31 May 2013, 18:40

I am new to the fast diet and have so far completed 2 in my first week with weigh in on Tue.

I just want to check with others that my timings are ok.

In general I tend to not eat after 8pm so on a day before fast this will be last time I eat.That will be me till tomorrow when I wake up.The last fast I did I exercised and only had a babybel around 12pm that was about 14 hours between food.I will then go without food till dinner time and have what cals I have left on dinner about half 5/6pm.This will be me till the following morning.

To me its a fast from 7am-7am with the benefit of no food after 7pm the day before a fast.
Does this sound correct or have I gotten the wrong idea about times???

Re: Time check
31 May 2013, 18:44
You are doing it correctly Karen. From the time you complete dinner the night before 'fast day' til breakfast the day after 'fast day' is the usual time frame.
Re: Time check
31 May 2013, 18:50
Sounds good to me.
I will have my evening meal on a normal day about 6pm, then nothing till my evening meal on a fast day about 6pm then break my fast with breakfast the day after.
There are no fixed rule so you could have two or three meals on a fast day as long as all food and drink add up to around 500.
Just relax and enjoy it.
Re: Time check
31 May 2013, 19:47
Hi and welcome hope it is correct coz I've been doing 6pm-6pm myself since I started good luck. Sue :clover:
Re: Time check
31 May 2013, 22:06
Thanks.Glad Im doing it right. No food after 7pm night before fast day,long as possible that day without food.Dinner at 6 then nothing till breakfast the following day.No idea if my fasts are 7pm-7pm or 7am-7am. Either way hooefully the time eithrler side will help too lol
Im a suppot worker who does 13/14.5 hour shifts so doing my fast days on my days off as I just chill around house and sleep.

Weigh day on Tue so will let people know.Hope this works as tried every diet.

Re: Time check
01 Jun 2013, 07:12
I think a normal fast day on 5:2 is technically a 33+ hour calorie-restriction period.

The 'fast' starts after your last intake on the evening of day 0 and ends before breakfast on day 2 i.e. one day and two nights. You can have a maximum of 500 calories for a woman or 600 calories for a man whenever you like within that time frame. You do 2 'fast' days each week, whichever days suit you but non-consecutive.

Of course there are plenty of variations on this and no one is saying you have to do it this way, but this is the 'standard formula'.

Personally I have always saved all or almost all of my calories for the evening meal, which also means I get a 21+ hour 'true fast', which may or may not have some additional benefits.

So in short yes Karen you are doing it right!
Re: Time check
01 Jun 2013, 11:27
Thanks everyone.

Yeah I was thinking and its not really a 24 hour fast its more like 36+
As I fast from 7pm day before -whatever time on fast day I feel hungry,which is more than 12 hours then you have that gap between food and last meal at 6pm.So that is a 24 hour period then you have the added benefit of 12+ hours sleeping till day after fast.

Without thinking too much Im glad Im doing it right lol
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