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15 Jun 13
Hello fellow fasters,
I started the 5:2 regime in April (hate to call it a diet, I gave up on those 20 years ago) and lost 8 lbs. in 6 weeks.
The end of May we went for a 3-week family visit to the US. I figured beforehand that fasting would be nearly impossible as those 3 weeks would include a wedding and daily dinners, brunches etc. with family and friends. I was just going to enjoy myself and hoped I wouldn’t gain all the weight back.
Upon my return I stepped on the scale (with some trepidation) and was absolutely thrilled to see that my weight was exactly the same as when we left!
How is that possible? I ate regular meals every day, enjoyed a piece of wedding cake, drank wine – after one of my “old” diets I would have surely gained some of the weight back.
I re-read The Fast Diet book and found the answers. One of them is that many fasters lose their craving for sweets which, I realized, is the case with me. I will still have some, but only occasionally and now I walk by a plate of cookies without giving them a second thought.
The other point is the portion size. I thought I was eating the same portions as always until my daughter asked if I was putting all of them on a diet – apparently, the portions I cooked and served and considered “normal” looked pretty small to everyone else.
I truly looked forward to a return to fasting (very strange), enjoyed an egg and a handful of strawberries for breakfast and lentils with leafy vegetables for dinner. I wondered if the 3-week break would make the first day difficult but I guess my body still remembered the regime. Now 9 lbs. down and 15-20 to go.
So if you’re going on a holiday and worry if or how you’re going to manage fasting, just relax and enjoy your holiday. Your system may have changed more than you think!
16 Jun 13
Thank you, fastinginberlin – You really seem to have got the hang of this 5:2 approach. Your holiday story draws out something really significant, I think: about the attitude shift that can quietly happen, enabling one to continue Intermittent Fasting as a whole new way of eating, living and promoting one’s health on an on-going basis. Long may you continue to thrive, achieving all your goals in the process.
19 Jun 13
I agree – I had a week’s holiday in Tenerife in May (started the 5:2 mid February) and despite all the temptations I found myself unusually resistant to all the desserts, cooked breakfasts etc. On our return, to my pleased surprise I found I had stayed the same weight as before we left… I also actually looked forward to the return to the fasting days – this is a definite change of mind set for me – and it is still continuing…
3 Jul 13
Totally agree on what you experienced.
I had to travel NY twice in the last month and my main concern was if I could keep up with my IF routine. But I managed to fast on all 4 days I was flying which was good. But my next concern was food, as I was eating out and eating more than normal and at odd hours, I was glad to see I dropped another pound after the trip.
My philosophy like most people is don’t beat yourself if you can’t fast – there is always tomorrow and when you are fasting and you want to eat that cake or ice cream, there is always tomorrow 🙂
10 Jul 13
My experience with this lifestyle has been a bit different from some other folks above, so it may be useful to others who are like me.
The way I fast is that I go as long as I can without eating anything, then have the 500 calories in one go, then last as long as I can without eating the next (non fasting) day too. I’ve basically stopped having breakfast and don’t bother with lunch either if I can last long enough to make it to dinner/tea. This gets easier and easier the longer I am in this lifestyle and I find I am rarely ever TRULY hungry during the day (especially if I’m just sat on my bottom all day at work).
I am completely able to withstand the rigours of colleagues bringing in cake/ biscuits etc. etc. on fast days but I know that the second I ‘break my fast’ (eat something on a non-fast day) I will hoover up any naughty treats that I fancy, even if I’m not hungry. I pretty much stay under the recommended daily intake of calories but beyond that my ‘cake resistance’ goes out of the window on non fast days.
That said: I’ve been on 2 weeklong holidays during my new lifestyle (not including Xmas) and have just not worried about fasting during those weeks. I usually try to do one last fastday before the holiday and start with another one immediately after but in between I just try to stick to 2000 calories or less and last as long as possible before I start eating each day. I lost no more or less than usual during both of those holiday months.
I actually did the fast over Xmas week and it was tricky with all the naughty food lurking around the flat but totally doable and I didn’t really worry about calories that week on non fast days, as it seemed like a pointless exercise. I lost the least weight ever that month (I only weigh myself monthly, as daily/weekly fluctuations can drive you demented) but I did lose weight. So I count that as a win 😉
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