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I know i couldnt do it
The reason many of us do 5.2 is because we like food, and it's a nicer way to lose that fat because we can handle a couple of days of less calories. I firmly believe that fasters are generally foodies anyway, and relish the great taste and general eating experience.
You won't find many people here who zero cal fast as it's not necessary to go so extreme and still lose weight.
But I could be wrong......
After 4 months I converted to time restricted eating which I liked even better, as I could tuck in to a lot of delicious food every day, but that's another story ...
I think a few people do or have tried zero cal fasts, I seem to remember @wildmissus did for a while?
I regained the tummy fat(which stores estrogen) and ended up with more belly flab than I started with even though I remain at a lower scale weight. Fortunately, the hormonal symptoms abated. I won't shoot for so low a weight again. My body needs that tummy fat!
I would also advise not doing calorie restriction on non-fast days. 1200 calorie days following 500 calories days may slow down your metabolism making it tough to lose and to maintain. Going back to eating maintenance calories for your goal weight on non-fast days is much safer. The idea behind intermittent fasting is to avoid putting you body into a state where it thinks starvation is a threat and fights harder to keep and add the fat necessary for survival.
Like others have said, I am one of those people who prefer not to have to think about food at all on a fast day, once the initial mental aspect is out of the way, it's almost easier somehow. And I'm seeing new lows on the scale, so it seems to be working. Usually I hover around a number for ages, so for me, early days, this seems to have shaken things up in a good way. I'll keep you posted!
As said above 1200 on non fast days is too little to succeeed generally in this plan. I dont totally understand the science behind it but never be below your TDEE on your deemed non fasting days. Ever ever
Renata wrote: I think that may be great! Had a terrible binging weekend! Im fasting today, I need to concentrate at work and fasting helps a lot with that. I think that maybe I should try a 4:3. it sounds very doable, but I don't think I will get enough of a calorie deficit to actually loose if I eat an entire 2000 calories. My TDEE is 1600 cal, maybe I should do 1600 4 days and 500 on three days. I really think that could work and could be easier. 11200 maintenance on 4:3 would be 1600*4+ 500*3 = 7900. This could work. Thanks, especially if I eat the 500 calories after a workout!
Yes of course if your TDEE is 1600 then only have 1600 four days a week.. sorry i must have misread your TDEE as 2000
theres a great 4:3 tent here on the forum I will look for it.
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