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  • posted by HandP
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    Hi! I’ve just started doing the Fast 800, but I’m interested to know how successful people have been by just doing the 5:2 without doing the Fast 800 first. Thanks

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Hi HandP – I personally struggled with the 5:2 and had very limited results, which is why I opted for the Fast 800 and stuck with it to get to target weight. Think for me – at least at the time – it wasn’t regimented enough and on the 5 days I too often over indulged.

    I’m sure it works for others though and hopefully some of them will be along to offer their take on it soon.

  • posted by HandP
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    Thank you for your reply. I did the original 5:2 before and found that I overate on my non fast days but I wasn’t doing low carbs. I might give it a try and see how I get on. I don’t think I can stick to only 800 cals for another 7 weeks!

  • posted by SunnyB
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    The 800 definitely gets easier as you progress and eventually hunger pangs with be a rare occurrence. Sorry you’ve struggled with the 800 and obviously it’s not for everyone, but I’d suggest giving it a couple more weeks if you can, by which time you’ll probably find you have really got in the swing of it. The first and second weeks on the Fast 800 are the most difficult, but I think it’s more to do with being low carb than the number of calories, as it’s the carbs which drive hunger, so your body cries out for them big time in the early days. If you make sure to include good fats to help with the feeling of fullness and be sure to hydrate well, it should help. Best of luck whatever you decide to do.

  • posted by Mixnmatch
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    I did 5:2 first, the first time I tried it was the old conventional type, 500 calories on the two days an no restriction on carbs. In hindsight I was eating far too many carbs at that point and fell off the wagon fairly comprehensively. The second time I approached it differently and logged my days off too, aiming at an average calorie restriction. That was far more successful, and became even more so when I discovered this diet and started monitoring and reducing carbs, allowing 800 on the fast days (reducing from 1800 to 1600 on the days off to compensate) and the weight started to really move. I then did a period of two months with three fast days a week and finally a month of 5 fast days a week before starting my 8 weeks at 800. At the end of the 8 weeks I had reached my target and have been mostly maintaining since. I am however just starting a new round of the 5 fast days version due to having reached my trigger weight. I lost over 8 stone doing the above so am confident that I can get back down to my target in this latest push.

  • posted by SueBlue
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    Good luck MnM, and good on you for recognising you had reached your trigger weight and deciding to do something about it. With your awesome results so far, you certainly have the tools for success 🙂

  • posted by Imix
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    I’ve dropped 37 lbs since June, I didn’t really didn’t do the strict 800 diet, I just cut out carbs. Like, completely. I am on the 5:2 now, still loosing weight, but more slowly. Most importantly my pre diabetic symptoms are gone, my blood pressure is greatly improved and I feel a million times better. I hit plateaus two or three times, didn’t change anything just kept at it and started loosing weight again. Only mild exercise, walking, a little strength training. Not much though, its all about cutting out those soluble carbs, getting your blood glucose and insulin back in line, and getting the fat out of your abdomen. Just like Dr Mosley says.

  • posted by GrahamSPhillips
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    I totally agree with you Imix: the obsession with “calories in calories out” is simply wrong. Do you think animals in the wild calorie count? So how come none is fat? Same for the remaining hunter-gather tribes. No one diets.. its entirely about lifestyle not calorie counting. As Aseem Malhotra puts it “you can’t out run a bad diet” So the answer? Avoid the foods that spike your sugars because sugar spikes raise insulin and raised insulin drives the entire metabolic syndrome.

  • posted by Fraggle
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    Hi, I started dong fast 800 and lasted 4 days lol. I found it really hard and so now am trying fast 800 mon – thurs then relatively normal but Mediterranean style eating friday – sun. (But no calorie counting those days). I lost 5lb the first week which am happy with so will see how it goes. It’s been a massive change for me just cutting out bread and pasta and weekday wine.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Hi Fraggle – lots of people have taken a ‘little-by-little’ approach and at some point you might find yourself able to tackle the full on 800, but if this solution is working for you all well and good. As long as you consistently watch the carbs, the w/e increase in cals shouldn’t be too much of an issue. It’s important to avoid the high carb culprits and if you can, avoid the wine at w/e’s as well it would help, as alcohol really hinders weight loss, due to the way the liver processes it.

    Hope you manage to stick with it and continue to post good result …. best wishes to you for every success.

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