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14 Jul 20
So today was my fast day, so I can only eat 600 calories.
Consequently today I have exercised and burnt roughly 250 calories.
So here’s a question that I have, and I apologise if this has been asked elsewhere in the forum
Am I allowed to eat the 600 and the 250 on the same day?
There are no “earned” extra calories on 5:2.
The whole point is to eat 25% of the the calories you need per day on your fast days. It is based on men needing an average of 2400 calories per day.
It takes a calorie deficit of approximately 3,700 calories to lose 1lb in weight and the average weight loss is 1lb per week.
1 Aug 20
You can pretty much follow what you want and if you spend 2 minutes websearching, you’ll probably find some words to back you up.
Going back to August 2012, I thought that Mr. Mosley tried to have zero calories on fast days, but settled on a nominal amount, might have been 600ish, because he felt happier eating something.
And there are some studies that do support that eating something on a fast day is important.
I go for zero calories as I know that is difficult to measure truly a small intake of calories – though it does help if you can be in denial of what you are truly eating.
I think that it is wonderful that this website and forum has diverged so much, with so many people choosing what they like to hear.
For me a fast is removing, not restricting, but if you’re thinking about what you eat and your relationship with food, then go for anything you like – though rewarding yourself with food doesn’t sound like that someone is having a healthy food relationship to me.
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