5 Years or more on a Fast Diet regime?

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5 Years or more on a Fast Diet regime?

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  • There seem to be thousands of different active topics but I can’t find one specifically aimed at simply recording how long people have managed to keep following the Fast Diet regime and how successful, or otherwise, it has proven for them.

    There was a negative article by Jonathan Leake in the Sunday Times on 31/12/2017 where a quote was included stating “…there is no evidence to show it (i.e. intermittent dieting) helps achieve weight loss lasting years or even months”.

    Well, if anyone is interested I have just over 5 years of data to show that in at least one case there is precisely that evidence. From memory the Horizon programme that first discussed 5:2 was in Summer 2012, just after the London Olympics. I began my Fast Diet regime about 6 months later, on Sunday 3rd February 2013, after my wife was also convinced it was something we should try. I’ve been doing it ever since.

    I don’t especially want this topic’s thread to replicate the many others from people describing what’s worked for them, or what their concerns are, or what they ate yesterday etc. I’m simply interested in knowing how many other people have managed to keep doing this for at least 5 years and what their long term results are.

    The next thread will be my basic results and no more. It is likely it will be my last post until another year has passed. In 5 years I might create another topic called “10 Years or more on a Fast Diet regime?” along exactly the same lines.

    Hope this table format survives the submission process. My results are:

    6 Month Total
    Weight Loss Loss
    Month Date /kg BMI /kg /kg
    0 03/02/2013 94.3 26.97
    6 03/08/2013 77.6 22.19 16.7 16.7
    12 03/02/2014 77.6 22.19 0.0 16.7
    18 03/08/2014 76.8 21.96 0.8 17.5
    24 03/02/2015 78.1 22.33 -1.3 16.2
    30 03/08/2015 80.3 22.96 -2.2 14.0
    36 03/02/2016 79.8 22.82 0.5 14.5
    42 03/08/2016 81.0 23.16 -1.2 13.3
    48 03/02/2017 81.9 23.42 -0.9 12.4
    54 03/08/2017 80.4 22.99 1.5 13.9
    60 03/02/2018 81.0 23.16 -0.6 13.3

    Lowest weight 14/11/2013 and 23/10/2104, 75.5kg; BMI = 21.59

    Apologies – tables just don’t load into this website in a sensible fashion. the columns below are:-
    Month
    Date
    Weight/kg
    BMI
    6 Month Loss/kg
    Total Loss/kg

    0 03/02/2013 94.3 26.97
    6 03/08/2013 77.6 22.19 16.7 16.7
    12 03/02/2014 77.6 22.19 0.0 16.7
    18 03/08/2014 76.8 21.96 0.8 17.5
    24 03/02/2015 78.1 22.33 -1.3 16.2
    30 03/08/2015 80.3 22.96 -2.2 14.0
    36 03/02/2016 79.8 22.82 0.5 14.5
    42 03/08/2016 81.0 23.16 -1.2 13.3
    48 03/02/2017 81.9 23.42 -0.9 12.4
    54 03/08/2017 80.4 22.99 1.5 13.9
    60 03/02/2018 81.0 23.16 -0.6 13.3

    Lowest weight 75.5kg; BMI 21.59 on 14/11/2013 and 23/10/2104.

    Mr Data, good losses on your part! Well done.
    My husband and I have been on this since April of 2013. You have us beat by a month. We still Fast twice a week at 600 calories/day. We are maintaining our losses. Husband lost 45 pounds, I was keeping him company and got to my target weight and then went to a weight which is even lower and where I want to stay. Haven’t seen this weight since 8th grade! My BMI is in the 18 range, which is considered too low but my doctor thinks I am very healthy and she approves.

    Well done fasting_me and your husband,

    You’ve lost more than me. I still 5:2 it as well, 6:1 didn’t work for me. I got down to a weight I hadn’t seen since I was 12, but it’s crept back on a little since then. I suspect I’m not being quite as disciplined as I originally was on the 2 fasting days – although in the last 2 years both in-laws dying, a double knee op, a redundancy and currently a twisted ankle and sciatica possibly haven’t helped. Still, as Churchill apparently used to say KBO.

    Seems like there aren’t many, who log into this website anyway, who have kept going for 5 years, unless they haven’t spotted this topic, or are just keeping quiet.

    There is a chat for Maintainers, where you will find several others who have reached their targets.
    You’ve had a lot to deal with, Mr Data, but you keep calm and carry on. Good work.

    I’ve only been fasting for about 18 months, but this is working for me. I’m down about 5kg since starting 5:2. My weight loss is slow because my focus is more on building strength and lean body mass than losing weight. With calorie restriction and too much cardio I was losing lean body mass and actually gaining fat. It took me years to get there, but it was a sad state of affairs. Fasting has been the cure for that. There seem to be some people that make the eat less move more work for years, most don’t succeed at that. These days I focus on fasting and nutrition and that is working well for me. Right now it looks like I’ll be doing this for at least another 3.5 years … I get to the 5!

    I started with the eat less move more over six years ago and when it was failing me, 5:2 brought me back on track. My peak weight was 106kg, now I’m in the low 80’s, sometimes high 70’s.

    Hi @Mr Data

    I started 5:2 in 2013 and I intend to keep this WOL going forever! Sadly though I only found this great online forum in Feb 2017, so I don’t have a ton of data online.

    During these 5 years, my BMI has gone from just over 22 to hovering at or just under 20.

    Sometimes I don’t fast for a month, sometimes I only do 6:1, sometimes I just do 16:8 – it just depends.

    Happy fasting!

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