First day and a bit confussed

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  • Hi everyone,

    New to this diet. Got the book and got my computer and phone all tuned in. Any suggestions would be soooooooooooooooooooooo welcomed.



    Hi Kari641

    I’ve only been doing it for a 6weeks. I think it depends on how much you want to lose. I did 5-2 then started doing 4-3. I’ve lost 12 1/2 pounds in 6 weeks but very good.

    Do you have an app such as myfitness pal? Log everything you eat and drink as you go along that way you don’t miss anything and mix up the food so you don’t get bored

    Good luck it really has worked for me 😀

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Yes I just got my fittness pal on my phone. I’m starting off with the fast day as I’m not feeling so great and not that hungry at all.

    Did you stick to the same fasting days every week?

    Yes I tend to do Monday Tuesday B2B (just in case over done it at weekend) then I do a fast on a Thursday. I like to keep the weekends as NFD (non fast days) as then I don’t feel it’s a diet! The first month I lost 11lbs it has slowed down to about a pound or 1/2 lb a week but that usually happens to me.

    I need to get my finger back out TBH too much socialising 😜

    So you do back to back 500 calorie day and you totally fast (NO FOOD) one day?


    Gosh no! I do 500 on all 3 days at the moment. I also still have 3 small meals cereal in the morning salad for lunch then fish/chicken with either salad or veg for tea.

    I also joined the monthly challenges which can help. I don’t always log everyday but might be worth a try. A lot of people have been doing it a lot longer than me

    Thanks so much for chatting with me. I feel better about this now.


    I decided to do this from today too will be doing 5:2 with 500 on Tue and Thu dont think I could cope with 2 days in a row. Would be good to keep in touch and exchange notes as we go along for motivAtion. I lost 4 st on Slimming World 3 years ago but gained 2 st back last year so need to loose A total of about 4 st to reach my ideal weight which seems a very tall order. Every journey starts with a small strp and this seems e right one right now.


    Hello Rajula,

    I could use the support and any tips and tricks…..LOL. Take a look at this link. It looks like the Fast day calories have gone up to 800. I’m just trying to figure out if it’s for both men and women.

    Thats brilliant perfect timing for us two then feeling very positive

    Welcome, Kari! I’ve been doing the 5:2 for almost 7 weeks. I’ve lost about 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg). I lost about 4 pounds after the first couple days but then stayed about the same for at least a week. My fast days are Mondays and Thursdays unless I have something special going on one of those days where I have to move it to another day. On non-fast days (NFD) I’m usually not very careful. I don’t go totally crazy, but I don’t stay within the calories I need to just stay the same. That’s probably why my weight loss is slow. I need to eat more mindfully on NFD! On FD, I count every calorie. Myfitnesspal is a great resource for keeping track.

    Anyway, glad to see you here and hopefully you like this way of losing weight as much as I do.


    Congrats on your weight loss. I have the my fitness pal and it seems to be really good.

    Looks like most of the people on this site lives in the UK……….I live in California, so kind of like your name.

    Thanks again


    Hi Kari,

    I’m in California and starting this tomorrow. My boyfriend has been telling me about this for some time and I was too stubborn to entertain the idea, but after 2 months of clean eating and exercising with no weight or body changes (I’ve been taking pictures), I decided I needed to try something that “scared” me. I’m not just complaining about the last two months, I see the positive too, I have gotten stronger which I can tell by how i’m using heavier weights for exercises now.

    I lost 25 pounds about 3 years ago and over the last year gained 15 back, I would love to lose those 15 again because that is when I felt my best.

    I would love a buddy, especially this first week when I’m just jumping into it and maybe am not totally prepared.

    Everyone else, it’s great to hear your stories and suggestions!!!


    I had a slight headache yesterday but I just kept drinking water and it seemed to go away by dinner. Log your food……….it’s amazing to me how many calories are in stupid little things.

    I would love to be your buddy thru this as I have 40 lbs to lose. My boyfriend also told me about this way of eating and he lost 15 lbs but gained it all back when we started our relationship……….lot’s of dinners out. UGH

    We are both on it which should help………..

    Good luck and stay In touch



    HAHA! My boyfriend jokingly blames me for his weight gain during out relationship. Three years ago, we decided to lose together. I mentioned I lost 25, but he lost 75 and has kept off every pound. He’s a huge inspiration and so helpful with my journey.

    I started using MyFitnessPal not too long ago, and I feel ya, it’s shocking how quickly you can rack up calories.

    I didn’t get a headache today, but the hunger was getting to me before dinner.

    In case this helps you, this is what I ate today. I will probably be fasting on Tuesday and Thursdays.

    Hard boiled egg – 78
    ½ Pink Lady Apple – 36 (114)
    2 tbsp sour kraut -5 (119)

    Meatball Soup – 221 (340)
    2 tbsp sour kraut – 5 (345)

    Salad Base – 45 (390)
    Lemon Juice – 5 (395)
    2oz boiled chicken breast – 55 (450)
    Cucumber – 16 (466)

    Justbe, do you like sauerkraut? Do you make your own? It’s so easy to ferment your own and the only equipment needed is a big jar or crock and a plate and weight or something to weigh the chopped cabbage down. Sauerkraut ingredients are sliced cabbage and salt. And it has sooo many more probiotics than the stuff in the cans or jars that you buy in the store. They have to kill a lot of the good stuff off so it doesn’t continue fermenting and explode the can or jar. When you ferment it yourself you can just put it in the frig when it’s sour enough to slow rather fermentation way down. Here’s a site that has instructions for making it:

    I use about a teaspoon of non-iodized salt per pound of cabbage. I usually make it In a 2 gallon crock because I like lots of sauerkraut. It tastes so much better when you do it yourself because it stays crunchy even when you let it ferment for weeks until it’s really sour. I always add caraway seeds.

    Your menu for the day sounds great to me! Can I come over?


    Thanks for the meal info. I’m going today to get more good food for the home. Last night there was a big party for my mans dad. I must say I did drink beer (low Cal) and watched what I ate but it was hard to go back to my normal habit of over eating and drinking………..LOL. Now my man cheated on his 2nd day so I feel a little high and mighty right now. JK.

    Camping this weekend is going to be rough as I really have to plan our meals and snacks out. Wish me luck.


    @cali – i LOVE sauerkraut and kimchi. I usually only buy the WildBrine brand. I have wanted to make it on my own, but just haven’t I actually love cooking and making things from scratch so thank you for the website and encouragement, I might finally do it! Hahaha! i thought my menu was pretty basic since i literally decided on Monday night that I would start Tuesday and wanted no excuses for pushing it off.

    @kari – you can’t deprive yourself, especially on special occasions! lol Make sure you hold the fact that you’re better than your bf over his head for a very long time! hahaha! I don’t know how you usually camp, but keeping it simple might help you stay on track. if you do burgers, keep them protein style. we sometimes pack carne asada and/or pollo asado. for sides i like grilled zucchini, asparagus, red bell peppers. for snacks i chop up veggies and pack hummus, trail mix, and chop up fruit. and, when i drink, i stick to vodka or gin and tonic. ooo another side that travels well is mango and black bean salad. that sounds gross to some, but if it doesn’t to you, there’s a ton of recipes out there if you google it. i can’t find the exact one i make but it, black beans, mango, jalapeno, green onions, red bell pepper, salt and pepper tossed with lime and olive oil.

    No matter what, have an amazing time!!!!

    Thanks so much for all your helpful advise. I’m making a very healthy but yummy dinner tonight as tomorrow is the Fasting day. Glad to know that women now get 700 calories on the fasting day, makes it a bit easier to deal with.

    I made ahead a breakfast burrito mix for easy fixing over the next couple of days

    240 calories……….not bad as it has egg, cheese, turkey sausage and is wrapped in a low carb tortilla.

    I will try the Mango and Black bean salad…it think it sound amazing.


    That breakfast burrito sounds amazing!

    Where did you see the 700 calories??!?!? i need to know this!

    Interesting… like you I lost a lot of weight (36 pounds) a couple years ago and then gained 12 back over the past year. DETERMINED to get rid of it and keep it off, and I’m hopeful about 5:2 letting me do that. I’m on Day 11. I lost four pounds after the first couple of days, but since then I haven’t lost any. HOWEVER, I do feel more energetic, and I am definitely less bloated… and hey it’s early days yet! Still hopeful. 🙂

    Here’s the link to check out

    My boyfriend is totally blowing it this week and it’s only Thursday. I’m staying strong hoping he gets inspired. Fast day today so wish me luck.


    Hi. I seem to be new here, although I was sure that I had responded to Kari back when this thread began…

    Glad you are still at it, Kari. Hope your Fast Day yesterday was a good one.

    Cali, nice to see you in this thread, too. I also make sauerkraut, the same way you do. Then I water-bath can it to keep for the rest of the year. So many nice things can be done with ‘kraut on Fast Days: Baltic Bake, Sauerkraut and Sausage. And its good on Slow Days, too.

    Quillory, Justbe, keep up the good work.

    For camping, Hebrew National Reduced Fat Hot Dogs [100 calories] are good, and baked beans are high in protein, low in fat. Eggs and chicken sausage for breakfast also are low in calories. If you make burgers, wrap the burger in lettuce or cabbage leaves instead of using a bun. And fruit, fruit, fruit. I’ve made a chicken quesadilla for Fast Days that works as a make-ahead meal: prepare, wrap in foil, reheat later.

    Happy weekend. my motto for the upcoming Fast Day: Eat Your Vegetables.

    Quillory, WE CAN DO THIS! It’s good to look at the positives. I had a very hard time doing that initially, but I like how I’m feeling these days. It’s week one of fasting so i’m mostly referring to consistently working out and seeing my strength get better. Let’s keep at it together!

    Kari, thanks for the link. i’m thinking about being crazy and trying a third fast day tomorrow with 700 calories to see how that goes. I need to keep playing with my menu. Yesterday I did two giant salads for lunch and dinner and I kind of got sick of them. I’m so glad you are keeping with it and trying to motivate your BF. How was your fast day?

    I just did my first weigh in and I’m down 3.4lbs in my first week. I feel like it’s cheating weighing in after a fast day. hahaha! does that make sense to anyone?

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

    Hello and Happy Friday,

    Thanks for all the tips……….camping this weekend will be interesting, but I’m prepared. I did learn a very valuable lessen yesterday(FASTING DAY) I had a glass of wine and WOW did it hit me hard………..LOL. Wont do that again.

    Congrats on your weight loss……I don’t think it’s cheating weighing in after a fast day……..because that’s what I plan on doing, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH

    You guys keep me laughing and motivated, thanks so much.


    I make a bean salad that’s not only really good, but it’s pretty to look at. It’s good for camping if you can keep it on ice. There isn’t any added sugar in it. ( just what’s naturally in the Balsamic and sweet corn) I never measure things and vary the amounts of beans depending on what I feel like at the time. I usually cook some of the beans myself in the Instant Pot (each type of bean separately to keep their colors) and use some that are canned. Any other type that you like can be added too.

    Pinto beans
    Kidney beans
    Garbanzo beans/Chick peas
    Black beans
    Small amount of cut sweet corn
    Chopped onions
    Chopped red and green peppers
    Chopped jalapeño or other hot pepper to taste (optional)
    Lots of lime juice
    A little Balsamic vinegar if you like a bit of sweetness (optional)
    Fresh Cilantro chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all together and allow to marinate an hour if you can wait. It tastes even better overnight and keeps several days in the frig. I make a big one and we eat it for about 4 days, often as a snack.

    Beans are kind of high in calories but also very high fiber so it keeps you feeling full for a long time. This is my go-to salad for summer pot lucks. Even people who don’t like beans love it.

    Luv it………….thanks so much. Will try it next weekend

    nothing wrong with weighing after a Fast Day. just weigh yourself on a Slow Day, too, to know if you have over-done the eating.

    4-bean salad, eh? I love it when it has vinegar in it. And acidic foods are appetite suppressers, or so my mother said. i guess your lime juice plays that role.

    here’s something i’ve noticed: everyone I know who can tell a weight-loss tale, whether it was Weight Watchers or South Beach, reports that he/she “lost 30 pounds.” It’s ALWAYS 30 pounds!! Is there some limit on those diets?!?! Then they finish by saying that they gained it back. Is this the same package of 30 pounds of fat being traded back and forth like a gift no one wants? Picture that.

    have a good weekend.

    Fasting_me, I add a little vinegar to the bean salad too. I call it a Mexican Bean Sald because the cumin, jalapeño and cilantro are common ingredients in Mexican food.
    You could just as easily use oregano, Basil and Italian parsley and call it an Italian Bean Salad. I forgot one other ingredient I usually use: a can of small pitted black olives.

    I’ve never been more than about 26 pounds overweight. But I bet I’ve lost 500 pounds over the years!

    Im not doing so well but its the warm nights and gorgeous weather! Wine just keeps popping into my hand! 😁

    Also busy went to see Robbie Williams last night in concert so obviously involves dinner out drinking beer! But oh so worth it

    You all seem to be doing very well enjoy your weekends

    Here’s a plan for you, Slogan: when we began the Fasting, we gave up wine with dinner on Fast Days and had sparkling water instead. This was a tough decision for Own Dear Husband, as he is a real connoisseur of wine [has a wine and food pairing blog to prove it. his blog gets more visitors than mine about Fasting. how can that be???]. Once we met our goals, we allowed ourselves a glass of wine with dinner on Fast Days too. This hasn’t affected our weight! ODH has even used some of my Fast Day dinners in his wine blog because the wine and food went so well together.

    Bottom line, if you give up wine on Fast Days now, you can look forward to the days when you can go back to enjoying a glass of wine with Fasting! There’s a real reward!

    Yeah, Cali, I know what you mean. My Fitbit awarded me with a Badge for losing 100 pounds in the past 18 months — it was the same 3 pounds going up and down. Fairly worthless achievement, if you ask me. But the weight stays where it should be — off my hips.

    I was a bit bad this weekend……..but mostly with the beer. Highland Games, fun but the Scottish know who to drink. Fasting day today and I can tell I already feel better. I’m still doing better than the man but I think he will catch on with me gently pushing…….lol

    Hang in there you guys and know we are here to support each other.

    Through thick and thin sick and sin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    fasting_me, i see what you mean. And, speaking from experience, I think people trying something whether it’s a “fad” diet or a lifestyle change that ends up being only temporary have a specific end goal i.e. lose 30 pounds, fit into an outfit, weddings, etc. ditch the “diet” right after. A lot of people are also just ill informed. Have you seen the stories on participants on The Biggest Loser and how they gain everything and more back? That show completely takes advantage of them and, in my opinion, does not show them the “right” way, for each individual person, to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’m fully aware of how I “earned” my 15 pounds back! haha! I love saying earned, because it’s true! I stopped working out and started eating a lot of carbs, eating out more than once a week and indulged my sweet tooth! (I have been banned from baking more than once, because it does us no good! hahaha!)

    fasting_me and Cali, I will probably get that badge shortly as I have been fluctuating between 147 pounds and 150 pounds for MONTHS now! haha!

    Kari, it seems like you enjoyed your weekend which is AWESOME! I’m fasting today too! Think happy thoughts! 🙂

    Hello My amazing support team

    Yesterday’s fasting was a bit hard but did it with 2 calories to spare..LOL.

    Down 4 LBS………….gave me a shot in the arm I needed. Thanks for all your support, I truly believe it’s what got me thru my first week.


    thru thick and thin, sick and sin……..


    You are so right, Justbe, about people who want to change for the moment but not for life. The Fasting Lifestyle isn’t just about weight, but lower cholesterol, more brain cells, lower blood sugar. I’m into it for a long, healthy life in a body that makes me happy.

    Yeah, Kari, Highland Games. Must have meat pies. And Scotch Eggs. Isn’t it a relief to have a Fast Day and go for a reset? We save certain foods for Fast Days and we look forward to them.

    Cali, soon it will be time to make Bean Salad, which I love for summer. All of those good dried bean make for high protein and super complex carbs. I enjoy the old combo of dried beans and fresh beans. Your seasonings sound great.

    Have a good week, everyone. I’m working up some new recipes, which is lots of fun for me.

    Hi all! I hope everyone is having a great week! yesterday was my second fast day of the week and tomorrow is my weigh in. I thought of something we haven’t discussed. How often are you all working out?

    July is here and I hope you are all keeping the faith and Fasting today.
    My weight up a little bit due to a delicious rhubarb cake at the house of a friend. Well, can’t blame it all on her… But the little ups and downs are all part of life.

    Am Fasting and staying active. Tried 2 new recipes today. Simple and easy.
    Hope you are all well.

    Soooo glad to hear from someone! I was beginning to feel abandoned! haha! I fasted Monday and Wednesday so I’m actually “feasting” today. This is my third week and I feel great. I weigh in tomorrow. Last Friday I was down .4 for a total of 4 pounds in 2 weeks.

    This week I tried working out first thing in the morning on Fast Days since I usually don’t have the energy for a workout at then end of my day when I fast. It was great! It actually curbed my appetite in the morning and this is now my second week of skipping lunch and only having breakfast and dinner on Fast Days. I’m super excited I finally gave this a try. I was thinking of doing this for another week, then switching to intermittent fasting (when you fast for 16 hours daily then eat in an 8 hour window). I want to see if i get the same weight loss results while still eating and having enough energy to work out more. If not, then I’m switching right back to 5:2 fasting.

    Lastly, never in my life did I think I would try to figure out a way to fast AND work out. who am i?!?! hahaha!

    First day again,

    I fell off the radar as I was on Holiday in Denmark and Scotland for the past three weeks. I did really good for the two weeks that I was on this eating program and lost 4lbs………let’s just say I didn’t stay on it while away, so back to it today

    After seeing my vacation pictures I really know I need to do this for my health and self esteem.

    Wishing you all the very best and if you have any advise BRING IT.


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