Has anyone hit a weight plateau?

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  • Hi All, I am hoping for some good advice on this issue.

    I started 5:2 fasting in September and all went well until the third week of October when my weight now seems to have hit a plateau. I weighted myself yesterday (I check my weight every Saturday), and not only I haven’t lost weight but I’ve gained weight since last week! (0.8lb)

    Measures of my hips, waist, bust and neck have also hit a plateau since 2 weeks ago.

    This makes no sense to me as I haven’t stopped fasting, I’ve kept the same dieting plan since the first week in September, I’ve kept my HIIT and walking routine, I don’t drink anything that isn’t water, black coffee and tea, even in NFD, and also during NFD I eat and cook the same meals I plan from Mimi’s books. I may eat some ice cream or a scone during the weekend however, even if I am out in NFD, I make sure I choose meals that are healthy and in line with the meal plan.

    I fast on Mondays and Thursdays and do one 500-calorie meal in the evening around 8pm.

    This week, I added a 3rd fasting day on Wednesday but didn’t really work due to work commitments. I had to change the meal plan in the last minute, still I had one low-calorie meal at around 9pm after fasting all day, and then fasted as normal on Thursday. Next week, I will fast on Tuesday instead and see how it goes.

    I am fasting for all the health reasons it has however, I am also fasting to lose weight and hit my goal.

    Has anyone got a similar story? I’d appreciate some comments as I am not sure what am I doing wrong or what I need to change.


    nobody? 🙁

    Hi Beatriz. Plateaus are pretty common on any weight loss plan. I’m doing maintenance now (same 5:2 fasts but eating a little more on NFDs) but have been living the 5:2 way of life for about 18 months. I hit a couple plateaus along the way too. I never counted calories on NFD, just tried to eat mindfully. When I thought my NFDs were ok and I wasn’t snacking too much, I just added an extra FD for one week and that usually broke the plateau and got things moving again. .8 lbs is really not much. My weight can vary by over 2 pounds between some FD and NFD. I weigh everyday but concentrate more on the general trend downward.

    Eating a lot of fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits works well for me because they’re so filling. A whole bag of frozen broccoli is often a good part of my meal. (I like broccoli.) Keep in mind that this is a long term way of eating . If you treat it like a diet, you’ll just gain it all back when the diet is over. It gets to be so routine after a while that you’ll hardly think about it, other than to occasionally move a day around to accommodate a holiday or other event.

    Do you have a lot to lose? When your weight gets close to goal, things tend to go a little slower too. Good luck to you. You can do this!

    Thanks CalifDreamer for your message and encouragement! I feel better knowing plateaus are common. It sounds like I am being a little impatient and relying too much on numbers.

    I’ve done 3 FD this week and today I weighed and measured myself again (I do it every Saturday), and I’ve lost weight and volume. Although I had already achieved today’s weight 3 weeks ago, it’s always good news when I know I’ve lost some weight.

    To prepare my meals on both FD and NFD, I use the recipes on their books which are calorie counted, and I am mindful that this way of eating is going to be for life. I’m learning how to mix new flavours and I always look forward to cooking and eating, which is unheard of!

    I’d like to lose 10kgs; so far, I’ve lost 4kgs.


    Yep! I have hit it. Not sure why. I am getting back into ADF again though.

    Forgive my ignorance. Is ADF alternate fast days or similar? I can’t work it out.


    Yes, alternate day fasting. It seems to work for me most of the time. I just naturally don’t get hungry a lot! We will see how it goes.

    How are things for you? Any progress?

    Thanks. Yes, I did three FD last week and that seemed to work. I’ll do the same this week and find out if I need to add more of them, or perhaps try alternate days too.

    Sounds good. I am about the same with ADF. I love it actually. Just sometimes I get hungry on FD when I workout, but not starving. obviously! I totally have enough on me to keep me going;)

    Have a great day. Today is FD for me!

    Beatriz, when I gain or hit a plateau, I become scrupulous about what I eat on a Slow Day. I write it down, since that is a reality check. Eventually, the plateau will be passed.
    I’ve been known to gain 3 pounds from one week to the next, due to large eating events like a holiday meal or a dinner out. With careful management, that goes away sooner or later. In my 5 years of Fasting, I have come to recognize that certain foods, like white rice and beer, put on weight on me and that weight is harder to lose. You will find you own way.
    Good luck.

    Hi fasting_me, thanks for your message. It’s very helpful advice and I appreciate it.

    I’m now typically around 80kg, but when I started I was at 106kg. I did the normal calorie restriction and always felt bad, mostly hungry while losing weight. I made down to about 92kg and was stuck there for two years. It was a horrible experience. I consider that a plateau.

    Finally I fixed it by cutting foods with added sugar out of my diet. I was able to eat more and the weight started dropping and my hunger was greatly reduced. After that I started fasting, I’m on my 3rd year of fasting now. At this point I’m fasting more for health. However I’m maintaining a much lower body weight than I could with calorie restriction. (Actually starvation!)

    I think it is pretty normal to get stuck a weight for a month or two, it happens to almost everyone.

    Yeah – i hit plateaus but then i’ve been fasting for nearly 18mths now. I just do 5:2 and don’t calorie count on non-fast days. I used to get very annoyed if i had a disciplined week and the weight didn’t move! But you learn that your body has a mind of its own and if you feed it well then it decides when its ready to shed the weight.

    I find my body holds a lot of water weight if i eat processed carbs – white bread, crackers, beer, sugary things. Even if they are within the calorie limits. It makes for bigger swings one week to the next. So i try limit them but its not easy! Keep going and don’t worry if it takes a while to shed the 6kg as you want to keep it off.

    Start think now about what you will do differently when you hit your target – fast 1 day a week or go vegan! My grandmother was a dancer and she told me she fasted a day a week to stay slender while on stage and that was in the 1930s. I should have listened to her yrs ago.

    I hit a plateau too. I am on one now, about 1.5 kg above my ultimate weight goal, having lost around 8 kg since I started 5:2 7 months ago. Not a big deal, since even after I ultimately do reach my goal I intend to keep on with the fasting. I feel so much better doing this. Hang in there BeatrizFD, this stuff works, not only with the weight, but overall with feeling good.

    Hi John, thanks for the encouragement. Well done! That’s a great progress.

    I think I panicked a little when I didn’t see any change in two weeks. I seem to associate the numbers with being successful, and also with motivation, so I get demotivated when ‘nothing’ happens.

    Having said that I’ve lost another kilogram since I wrote my first post, making a total of 6kg since I started fasting in September! I changed from 5:2 to 4:3 and then to ADF. It looks like it’s a matter of finding what works for you.

    Feeling great overall! And dreading the Christmas holidays… I wonder what’s people’s plan to keep things under control…

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