firstly can i say thank you to those regular posters on here i have been reading the board for the last 8 weeks and it has proved a highly supportive resource while on my journey.
i had started 5:2 again in March having let my weight notch back up to my heaviest at 235lbs, not great….using the the old 5:2 managed to get that down to 226lbs by May
Recently my wife discovered the new 5:2 (fast 800) and we started that, we did four weeks of 800 a day and i dropped almost 15lbs, to help with weekends and meals out for the next four weeks we have been doing 800 a day mon-fri and been less restrictive but still pretty good at the weekend.
At the weekend we are still using the books for recipe ideas unless eating out. i have not to gone back to snacking and certainly not snacking on crisps and chocolate or fizzy drinks. if i do snack its on nuts, a shake or lunchbox bar from the book, although the odd carb item or sugar item is in the mix at the weekend but much more restrained than the old me. After the least four weeks i am another 9lbs down… so 32lbs overall and quite happy with that, targeting a further 28lbs to get down to my 175lbs target, so still some way to go.
This is the first time i am under 209lbs in over well over 15 years so i am slightly dubious about maintaining it.
What i am struggling with at the moment is weekends. i am also probably not drinking enough on the weekend and having the odd treat as mentioned above. what i am finding is i can “put on” 5lbs on the weekend (really i am not eating more than 1400-1600 calories max on those days).
it seems to then take mon-wed to drop that bloating or water retention or whatever it is off to then begin to lose again….. does anyone else have this issue on their non fast day? is this sugar causing the bloating? (god knows it causes me some wind which it never used to) or is this just a lack of water at the weekend causing me to retain?