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5:2 Diet Results: Before & After

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I'm Lucy & I'm new to the forums & relatively new to the 5:2 lifestyle (just over 2 weeks to be exact). Thought it would be motivating to have a little space which I can keep updated with progress pics, maybe every 2 weeks depending on if there is progress to see!

I am very pleased with my 8lb weight loss so far (even if it is now static, everything has stabilised so I think I'm looking at going 'slow & steady' for now) so now I'm just going to plod along! Am very excited to join the forums so that I can have a read of everyone else's experiences too :)

A couple more photos on my blog: ... ress-pics/
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Hello and welcome, just had a quick look at your blog and I feel that you have made a great start and some here would benefit from your experience so far.
Please come back and tell us how you're doing and feel free to upload your recipes too. This community is a caring one with a lot of experience to share. Equally we welcome new members especially those who can help others.
Use the progress tracker as it is a fantastic tool.
Good luck and keep in touch.
Just had a quick look at your blog and wanted to congratulate you on some fabulous recipes and ideas. Great to have you on board!
Hello and welcome to the friendliest forum on the earth. You have got off to a great start, please keep us updated as we are just SO nosy

Ballerina x :heart:
Hi to the @fastingdoctor And Welcome to this fantastic forum :like:
Blimey you're if to a great start with your progress showing in those photographs well done, do keep popping back to show us all his things are going for you,
:clover: and Good luck with the rest of your fasting journey :clover:
hello & welcome to you. Peeked at the blog & will be trying the quinoa chicken satay tomorrow evening. It was exciting to find a recipe that I had all the ingredients for :). Keep us posted, you're off to a great start.
Welcome from me and fantastic progress! I left a comment on your bulletproof posting. Quite a few bulletproof fans here. Good luck with the rest of your journey! :clover: :like: :clover:
What lovely messages, what a friendly bunch you are indeed :)

Caroline, I will definitely upload some recipes, I am having fun brainstorming some fast day recipes so hopefully others will enjoy them too!

Mary Lynn, I hope you enjoy the chicken satay quinoa - I had it yesterday and liked it enough to make it again for a quick easy meal!

Karen, thank you for your comment, glad to see others enjoy bulletproof coffee too - I'm going to stick with it & see how I go…

& thank you to callyanna, Ballerina & Sue for the warm welcomes too :)
I've updated my blog with my week 4 progress pics - not as dramatic as week 2 but I thought I would post them here to stay accountable (otherwise I find I can easily become more lax ;) ). Weight loss has stabilised (total 9 lbs) though even when it was static my measurements were still shrinking so that's reassuring. Going to try & do a 4:3 week this week!

Happy Monday everyone :)
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Wow! Look at how your sides have gone in! Well done :smile:
Thank you nursebean :) I find it hard to look objectively sometimes !!
Dear fasting doctor,

One thing I really hope you will keep in mind as you continue with your own weight loss is that your experience with a diet as a fundamentally very healthy and very young person is going to be much different than that of your patients who are older and who have underlying metabolic conditions that make weight loss more challenging.

I find it very depressing how many doctors who fall into the young, healthy and usually male categories, write books based on their personal experiences with dieting that imply that anyone can experience their results if they just try.

I remember being in my late 20s and early 30s and wondering how older women could let themselvesg o so much. In my 40s, I learned why when I became an older woman. Now the effort it takes me in my 60s to maintain a normal weight is literally 20 times what it was in my 20s. But I read books by diet doctors that imply that anyone not losing isn't really trying. I have also heard from quite a few people who were treated by high profile book-writing doctors who were accused of noncompliance when, in fact, these doctors missed important diagnoses, like in one case, LADA.

Medicine selects for people with very healthy metabolisms, because other people can't get through that rigorous, sleep-deprived training. So books written by doctors are rarely very useful for those of us who face metabolic challenges. Unfortunately, publishers favor MDs when publishing books because the credential looks so impressive. The only MD whose books I have ever found realistic about diet and metabolism is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, and that is because he actually lives with the condition he writes about and has since the 1940s. Unlike every other author who writes about his topic (diabetes and diet) he knows that even doing everything right it is very hard to make any diet work. I wish other doctors could learn from him!
We are tough on ourselves aren't we.
Progress is great there fasting doctor. FD.
Hi @peebles thank you so much for voicing your thoughts & concerns. I am somewhat mortified that anyone would interpret the publication of my own progress as dismissive in any way towards other people of ANY age or size. I acknowledge the forums as a way to stay accountable & receive support, nothing more, nothing less. I am not a doctor who plans to write any books concerning the 'correct' way to lose weight or how to carry out the 5:2 lifestyle or the like, I am merely a medic new in the world of 5:2 with a vague interest in the science behind it.

Although I am still in my 20s, I can appreciate the difficulties people have with losing weight whether they are older, have complex medical histories or are exposed to various factors both genetic and environmental. I consider myself open-minded & non-discriminatory towards anyone irrelevant to weight, age, race, social class etc. I would never in a million years dream of labelling someone as 'not really trying' & if any one has experienced that in the medical world then I apologise on behalf of medical staff.

So, I apologise if you find the documentation of my experiences doing the 5:2 lifestyle depressing. This is not my aim (if anything, I would want to inspire people to try it out & get creative in the kitchen!) & if this is the case I urge you to not visit my blog.

Take care,

Thank you @carieoates :)
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