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Marybeth wrote: In March of 2013 I read an article in the NY Times and thought that it sounded very promising--I didn't do anything, though, until a friend, a few weeks later, loaned me the book for the weekend. I started 5:2 on Monday and haven't looked back. Then I found this wonderful forum.
Thanks to Moogie, Carorees, all the other moderators, and to all the kind, helpful people here.
I read that same article, ordered the book, and started almost immediately. Ditto the thanks to everyone who makes this amazing forum possible!
But I have a very dear friend I've known for decades, who had never been able to stick to any diet for more than a few weeks. Last year she mentioned she had started 5:2. I didn't pay it much attention until several months later she mentioned that she was STILL on 5:2 and losing weight at a reasonable rate. This was a first and it caught my attention.
I figured whatever the validity of the scientific claims made for it, the 5:2 diet seemed to be doable by people who hated dieting, which was something new. So I read the Fast Diet book, and decided to give it a try for a few weeks to see if I could get rid of some of the weight that had piled on last year when I had been forced to make some changes to my meds that made me gain weight.
Seven very happy food filled months later, I'm still on it too, as is my friend who has lost something like 25 lbs. I'll be seeing her in a few weeks, at a conference, where we will be enjoying delicious meals together completely guilt-free for once.
I selected Other and this is why.
I came across this when I was trawling the web looking for inspiration and a way to fight the weight I gained since giving up smoking. I had tried several fixes over the years but was looking for something more sustainable. I was searching health website etc just trying to find a solution when I came across fasting. It was something I had never heard of before (except for lent) and I thought this was different something I might be able to stick to. The more I looked into it the more it appealed.
Having tried and failed miserably on a conventional diet I was looking at gastric band surgery. Now why is it that they will do gastric band surgery on overweight people but won't do other surgery that would stop someone becoming paralysed?
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