Hi everyone attempting this, ever since I saw Mike’s TV docco on 5:2 I have done the diet every week. I think it must be over 3 years now? I initially lost a stone and a half and recently put on half a stone. My problem is, I eat enormous amounts on the down days! and now on a diet for next 8 weeks to redress this. However, I just wanted to share my experience, since doing the 5:2 (and it is hard, some days worse than others,) I feel fantastically well, my energy, according to friends and family, is massively improved, some say phenomenal – and as a 56 year old producer sometimes doing 18 hour days and masses of stress, that’s extremely welcome! Moreover, I have a great sense of wellbeing and, touch wood, have not been prey to the weakness of the prevalent chest infections I used to suffer from.- in fact I’ve only had one bout of a couple of days illness I think only for several years, that’s including colds – and yes of course it might just be chance… but I truly believe it’s the diet. I have a hideously sweet tooth but after eating a meal, my blood sugar reading was 4. 9 last month, which apparently is fine. I’m not diabetic, but this diet, if you can hold on, seems to have so many other extraordinary benefits and I just wanted to wish you all well..it’s so worth it!