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I'll be interested to see how you get on.
Based on that (failed) attempt, I now do 20-4 (or close) twice a week.
I eat a normal diner around 7:00pm and have a snack around 4:00pm the following day, followed by a low-cal diner around 7:00.
It has actually become easier to postpone the first bite.
I am fasting today and I haven't had anything to eat since 7:30 last night.
I started last week planning to do the diet portion of the HCG diet which is 500 calories a day for a couple weeks. Well I couldn't even handle the strict food options for one day, so just restricted the calories to 500 on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. The other days I followed Fast-5. I did lose a little over 3 lbs. so yay me. So my plan is to do 5:2, with an occasional Saturday fast and on the non-fast days fast between 16 and 19 hours.
As Carorees rightly says, I do this. As I was approaching my target weight I found I was naturally consuming my calories within a set time scale on my fast days, not deliberately, but it just seemed to suit me and felt very easy for me. I then started to do this every day and when I reached my target weight some weeks ago I continued with this regime. It is not for everyone, my husband who LOVES breakfast would rather eat razor blades than go without sustenance first thing in the morning but I consider this to be his loss, or not!
I rarely break my fast before 12 noon and rarely eat after 8 pm but more typically I have a substantial lunch at 1 or 2 p.m. and perhaps something at around 5 or 6 p.m. so that my daily window is nearer to 4 or 5 hours rather than 8. This suits me perfectly and it's not as bad as it sounds, I just skip breakfast and don't nibble late into the evening, a lot of people actually do this naturally without ever realising that they are fasting, it's just how they eat.
Since going on maintenance this way my weight has never, and I do mean NEVER, been so stable. It seems that no matter how much I eat, and sometimes I've indulged in the most spectacular blow outs in the history of dieting woman, my weight does not fluctuate so, for me at least, this is the perfect way to live.
Try it for a few days, it won't kill you and other than perhaps feeling slightly peckish as you get near lunch you should not suffer.
I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to do because anything is better than nothing so, good luck and keep us posted as I'd love to know how you get on.
The lovely Rainbow and her husband have jumped straight into 16/8 without doing 5:2 first and if I was to start this process again it it how I would approach it myself but like everything else on here it is all about what suits YOU best.
Although I had great success on 5:2, and always praise to the hills, for me, 16/8 is the one. My window is more like 4/6 hours rather than 8 but it is always nice to feel that you have a little time in reserve, just like calories on a fast day.
I also feel that I am getting, I hope, any perceived long term health benefits on 16/8 as my average fast every day is anywhere from 16 to 24 hours as sometimes a large, late lunch is all I can eat in one day. I have been known to consume in excess of 2000 calories at lunch, (my TDEE is 1580)it was not easy, I really had to push myself but I ploughed on manfully
I have maintained my weight on 16/8 and when I did a 36er, as we call it in the trade, I lost a shocking 7lbs which I have maintained in spite of my best efforts and huge lunches
Anyone considering trying this? Just go for it, if it does not work for you or suit you then stop, easy peasy!!! Good luck if you are going to give it a go and any questions you may have just fire away, I only have my own experience to fall back on but if I can help or just support you then great,
I don't think I am eating more that I normally would for lunch and dinner. The principle is the same as 5:2 just set out a little different.
The proof will be when I do my next weigh in on Friday. I have also incorporated some exercise - pump twice per week and walking on other days. I only have 5 kg to lose and I don't mind a slow loss.
I have been doing 5:2 for some months now and I have been reading about 16/8 IF with much interest. Couple of questions: do you 16/8 everyday? Or do you still do 2 x 500 cals during the week? I feel I could easily do 16/8 7 days a week - missing breakfast, eating lunch 2pmish and dinner 7pmish.
Hope this makes sense and I am loving this forum I feel really excited about trying 16/8 and like others have said before...if it doesnt go to plan, I can always go back to 5:2.
I do 16/8 every day, I no longer do fast days as I just cannot bear to count calories, but like most woman I am mentally aware of how much I am consuming even though I do not restrict myself. Some days I eat huge amounts and other days I eat like a sparrow but this is a natural process which I just go with. If I am hungry, I eat, if I am not hungry, then I don't eat, I just go with what my body wants, not what I think it should have (like breakfast!) and as a result my weight seems to be self regulating. I shall never ignore my instincts again.
This s not for everyone but if it works for you half as well as it works for me then you will be onto a winner, good luck,
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