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  • 6:1, with the 1 being a Monday, has worked well for me… takes away the feeling of guilt of eating ‘normally’ at the weekends, i.e. gin and tonic, fish and chip, a bacon buttie for brekkie etc etc

    The rest of the week I just don’t snack, no restrictions on my actual meals (or gin and slims!)

    Good Luck!

    Lost nearly 20 lbs in 6 months, and have been in maintenance for 4 months. Alternating 5:2 and 6:1 is working so far.

    Have also gradually cut back on carbs a lot compared to my old way of eating. At first, it was just because I couldn’t “afford” those foods on fast days, if I wanted to have a decent sized-dinner. But now I know that if I eat sweet things, bread or pasta, I’m just not going to stay full for long, and I’ll just want more.

    If I want a something sweet, it’s usually chocolate, so I’ll have a chocolate covered fig with a few almonds. Highly caloric, but they’re too filling to get carried away.

    I’m ready to start 6:1. I tried it once and it didn’t work. This time I’ve decided to go on 6:1, but on that second day that I used to fast and now I’m not, I’m going to stay away from heavy carbs, particularly pizza, pasta and sweets. I might have a whole grain bagel or toast, etc., but that’s it. I’ll report back to let everyone know how it goes. I’m pretty confident that it will work. Lately, since I am thrilled with my weight loss, I’ve been cheating by putting a few raisins and flax seeds in my oatmeal. LOL! I continued to lose weight, so those additional calories didn’t hurt me. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences.

    I changed my mind about switching to 6:1 for maintenance. I seem to overeat on the 5 days, so I need to stick to the 5:2. If I lose and lose, then I’ll consider it again. Right now as I’m approaching my 1-year anniversary on this diet, I’m keeping things the same. With my eating habits, it appears the 2 fasting days are required.

    I like the Monday fasting day as well. I would think that most people try to cool it on Mondays whether they’re on a diet or not. It’s the perfect day to fast for me anyway.

    After about 6 months of 5:2 I changed to 16:8 eating window… This was easy to do but I did put on weight so I’m back to 5:2… I think I might try a less strict 5:2 next where I allow myself 800 cals on fast days

    I wonder if following a 6:1 program but allowing 1 day per week of overeating (hopefully mostly healthy foods) and then staying around your TDEE for the other 5 days could make a difference?

    Whether you do 5:2 of 6:1 for maintenance does depend how much you go over your TDEE on the NFDs. I also think that if you have a high TDEE there’s probably less risk of this and you have a better chance of 6:1 working. My TDEE is 1400 and I’ve definitely had to stay with 5:2 to keep my weight stable in maintenance. I’ve been trying to keep discretionary foods (treat foods) out of my NFDs at least M-F, but I am still struggling with this. For now I definitely need 2 FDs per week.

    I reread Michael Mosley’s book again recently because it had been a while. I paid more attention to his comments about maintenance this time. He said that in maintenance he switched to 6:1 but M-F he also skipped lunch unless it was a special occasion. That means he’s doing 6:1 and also giving up 4 lunches. This would equate to at least 5:2 in terms of calorie sacrifice.

    LJoyce, probably most of us will have a low TDEE once we get to our goals. You’ve had experience with this. Do you think it would work to have 2 800 calorie FD’s to maintain?

    Hi! I am not sure if this is the right place to introduce myself… I started FD sometime between March and April 2016. The day didn’t feel particularly important at the time. However, since then I have lost 55 kg, and started maintaining last October. I have tried several maintenance strategies quite successfully, but nothing has felt comfortable as a long time solution. So I am back-up at fasting, and it feels easy and familiar. I am think inglot I will do 6:1 when I weight under my goal weight on Monday morning, and 5:2 if I am over it. I feel so happy I have found this sit – I don’t know anyone else who follows this diet.

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