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After a month-long stall, my weight has finally starting to drop again, thanks to shifting to 16/8.
I got stuck on a weight plateau after my GP changed my blood pressure tablet to a non-diuretic medication. No weight loss at all since, just the usual up-down, always getting back to the same level.
I should be pleased there was no permanent weight gain!

I started doing 16/8 (also called the 8-hour diet) last Friday, fasting between 8pm and 12 noon everyday (16-hr fast), as well as sticking to 500 cal twice a week, and this seems to have kick-started the weight loss.

On a non-fasting day, I eat my usual light lunch after 12 noon and a normal diner between 7 and 8pm.
On a fast day, I have a cup of home-made veggie soup around 4pm, followed by a light diner before 8pm.

I'll carry on with this until the end of the month, if not longer.
What is happening? :shock: First Moogie comes back from holiday looking like a new younger version of herself and now Caroline is DEFINITELY looking like a younger version of herself. :grin: Franglais, you have really started a trend here,

Ballerina x
I too have tried mixing 5:2 with 16:8, but have found that although I stick to the 500 cals on fast days, I find myself packing in as much food as I can between 12 and 8 on the other days. Will this settle down do you think? I don't know what the scales say as I don't weigh until Friday. Hope I haven't spoilt everything with my overheating!
If you have really been "overheating" then the fat should just melt off you :lol: otherwise I would not worry too much, you will soon get over the novelty and things will settle down. My diet varies hugely from day to day but then I think this is quite normal and I no longer worry about it. :cool:

Ballerina x
Thanks for your encouragement Ballerina - I will keep going.
I'm another one doing both during weekdays, anyway. Too hard at the weekend to resist a nice breakfast with papers.
Hi Rainbow, I've been doing this just over a week and have lost 1kg. I find it much easier than 5:2 which I'd been doing for almost 3 months and had lost only 4 kgs. I didn't like the fluctuations in 5:2 e.g. one week I didn't do it at all and put on one kg which was significantly more than I'd been losing on average p/w and which took me two weeks to lose. My window is 12 to 8. I am used to going without breakfast from doing 5:2 and I don't miss it at all. I also find it makes me mentally sharper. I don't count calories because I find that I am too full after my lunch, dinner and, sometimes, a pre or post-dinner dinner snack, to over eat. If I go out in the evening, I shift the window to say 2-10 or thereabouts. This first week I've had wine on 3 nights, pancakes for lunch on Saturday and I have a sweet treat most days. I wish you and your husband much success and look forward to hearing about your progress.
Hi Rainbow, Ballerina and everybody else,
I myself have adapted the 8 hour diet for quite some time now, but always had problems tracking the hours I was allowed to feast and fast.

Luckily, I know how to create iPhone Apps - so I built an App just for that: Tracking your 8 and 16 hour phases.

It's for free and really easy to use so I would like to share it with you guys. You can find it by searching for "8 16 hours" in the App Store or go to

I'm looking forward to your feedback - if you like it please spread the word!

Just bumping this thread as it's interesting to read that it's almost a year on since most of those comments and people are still doing an eating window. It was around this time ( May 2013 ) that Rainbow got me onto the Fast-5 book by Bert Herring and I've never looked back. I think that perhaps a 5 hour window seemed a bit hard core a year ago but we have all moved on and it is now coming into its own which is great.

Ballerina x :heart:
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