ferretgal wrote:Re: a survey here: I suppose there is bias in both directions--people leaving because they were successful or because they weren't. I'm discouraged by the number of people who say they've lost weight by 5:2/IF but then gained it all, or most of it, back. I don't know what the percentage is, but it makes it seem that IF is no more sustainable or good for maintenance than any other diet, even though I know it works for me and others here. Perhaps the bias is in my own head!
Yes, that's bothered me for awhile too. Makes me less confident that 5.2 is sustainable long-term. But...I think the key is what I touched on earlier: Long-term, the mental aspects are the most important, and the hardest to control. It's not just about "being hungry" or having a depressed metabolic rate. Of course, it helps if you don't have these; then your main battle is with your own mind; not constantly battling your body too. Ironically, it seems one thing that has helped me is I never go on vacation (Brits and Aussies would say "on holiday"), so I've had no reason to stop fasting and get out of the habit. 'Cause I think that making it a (good) habit and not varying it (any more than necessary) is key. Though one of the strengths of 5.2 is its flexibility, that can be taken too far. Once your mind thinks it calls the shots (making exceptions), your habit has been undermined.
@ferretgal I think you're so right. I didn't get to goal before I stopped fasting but I had lost 20 something lbs, with another 20 to go. The holidays were always my down fall. Getting out of the habit and gaining weight, getting disheartened, losing a few lbs (slowly) and then going on holiday again, and so it continued. I think the flexibility of this woe can be a problem as the body and mind work together trying to get us back to our heaviest weight. I now think I need to fast no matter what. It's only a day at a time and my mind is always going to try to talk me out of it. Making it a good habit is key