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I recently read about some research that discovered some people seem to do better on low carb diets whereas others do better on low fat diets. The research showed that the difference could be as much as double in terms of the weight lost. If your current fast day food tends to be one or other of those, you could try the alternative approach and see if that helps?
You might want to try more distraction techniques on fast days. It's much easier if your focus is elsewhere. I actually forgot I was fasting this week when busy whereas last week was hard.
You do have to have a calorie deficit over the week so it all depends on how you choose to eat. I have lots of treats but also increasing amounts of lettuce.
I'm not helping here. What I really want to say is we aren't suffering as much as you seem to be so it might be you need to experiment further to make it more bearable...
If you can get to your target weight quickly, then it's different to someone like me who will take a year or so to get to 11 stone. I have to enjoy the fast days and get on with life as this is my life for the foreseeable future!
I am eating pretty much the same on feed days but slightly smaller portions not because I am being careful but because I feel uncomfortably full if I eat the same portions as I used to. Today I had granola and yoghourt, lemon drizzle cake, omelette with smoked mackerel, cheese and tomato, ratatouille, pasta, broccoli, smoked salmon, cream and a large glass of white wine. I will probably have a couple of pieces of chocolate soon too. That doesn't feel like being careful to me. Since the weigh in on Saturday I've lost another kg too! I tend to lose more if I have eaten well than if I have undereaten. Fast days I eat one meal in the evening of fish and vegetables (no starches).
I am trawling the scientific literature and discussing with the other folks who frequent the nerdy stuff section to try to work out why a minority of people are not getting the good results that others are seeing and if there is anything that could be done. Is it better to restrict on feed days or to adds another fast? Is it better to fast all day, to eat breakfast and dinner, to have an 8 hour eating window, to vary fast days, to exercise more, to add a high intensity exercise or endurance exercise or walk more, should you go low carb on the feed days? As you can see there are a lot of questions. In the meantime, sadly all you can do is to self-experiment. If you do find any break through, please do let us know...all data is important!
Overall, I have lost about 4kg in 8 weeks. But it's bloody hard work - on 'feed' as well as 'fast' days. Felt encouraged by your delightfully hedonistic menu - lemon drizzle cake and chocolate eh? Yum!
I've just read through your post and need some help. I've been really sticking to the plan, (there's no point cheating, after all I'd only be cheating myself!)
I've been on the 5:2 plan for 6 weeks. At first It was great, I lost 7lb in two weeks, but in the last 4 weeks, nothing! I'm getting really frustrated. Clothes still fit the same...it all seems pointless, any suggestions...??
Don't despair! If you think that you have lost 7lb in 6 weeks and that the average weight loss is 1lb/week, you have done better than average. What has happened is that you lost a lot of water at first and since then you have regained the water while losing fat. As the article above says, the scales don't tell the whole story.
However, it's always worth checking your TDEE to see how many calories you should have on a feed day and estimating what you have been eating. You need to be averaging your TDEE over the 5 feed days.
I expect that this plateau will soon pass so that you continue to average 1lb/week.