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17 Feb 19
I’m a pensioner (71) and would like to hear from others of a similar age.
Ive lost 9lbs since Christmas having started this diet around 10th January.Since that date I’ve lost about half a stone.I’m wondering whether I should make any concessions to my age. One I have made is not to do my fast days together.
How are other older people getting on? I’m walking more but haven’t added any
other exercise yet.
I’m just 70 yrs old. My husband and I embarked on Fasting almost 6 yrs ago [April] and have kept it up ever since. Good job on your 9 lbs in the past month!! Well done. My husband lost 45 pounds [I had less to lose but I lost it]. We are strong advocates of this Lifestyle. We Fast Mondays and Thursdays, aiming for 600 calories. [More likely we do 700 on Fast Days, since I must have my milk for the Calcium.]
I have done a lot of walking and my husband is getting back into it. We go to the gym up to 2 days/ week, often on Fast Days, to do an hour of weights. I don’t see why any concessions must be made for your age. It is a myth that older people need to carry extra fat/weight [so says my MD]. Exercise builds muscle and that is good at our age, too — for getting up from chairs or off the floor.
Good luck, Slimbo! Stick with it until you get to the weight that feels just right. Keep posting your progress.
Just read your profile. Who says you can’t have milk in your tea? It adds so few calories that it is OK.
20 Feb 19
Hello Fasting_me and thank you for your reply.
I’m not sure where I got the, ‘no milk in drinks on fast days’ idea; I’ve read so much on this. You have both done very well. I bought the earlier book in 2013 but unfortunately couldn’t keep up with the 500 calories. I’ve read the new book, The Fast 800 and felt very inspired by the round up of what had gone before and especially all the test results. I also felt that I might be able to cope with 800 calories on fast days. Actually I’m now finding that I don’t eat 800 on those days but often less so it’s more likely to be 6 or 700 with an eating window of 8 or 9 hours.
I’m hoping to get into the ten stones+ next week so, fingers crossed.
Well done on your success so far.
I always have milk in my tea and coffee and it hasn’t prevented me from losing weight doing 5:2. It is the same as any other weight loss method in that it creates a calorie deficit in order for fat reserves to be utilised.
Having said that, those of us who have had success know that it is very important to rid ourselves of unhealthy eating habits by making better choices about what, how much and when we eat or we’ll never keep the weight off.
22 Feb 19
Hello Amazon (love the name!)
Thanks for your reply. Yes I’ve had a few moments with poor choices but I’m getting stronger and feel hopeful that I really can do it this time. I had 2 bouts of Slimming World but didn’t enjoy the group thing which I know is supposed to help. The last time I didn’t manage to get as low as I am now so that is encouraging. I’ve managed to talk a friend into doing this with me which is really helping. We’re similar age, height and weight. We weigh in once a week and text the results to each other. We’re also trying to meet up occasionally for inspiration and recipes.
Hey Ho, onwards and downwards! Thank you for your encouragement.
24 Feb 19
That’s the way to do it, Slimbo — with a buddy. Keep reinforcing each other and keep your eyes on the goal as you shed some of your I-don’t-really-need-to-eat-those-calories behaviors.
We’ve both more or less maintained this week so a fresh start tomorrow!
26 Feb 19
Fasting today. Felafel patties + pineapple + Greek yogurt for breakfast. Green& Red Shakshuka for dinner. Plus my milk, fig, and cheese at lunch [Calcium + Fiber!] The dinner has 220 calories only.
Stayed rather inactive for 2 days last week, due to a head cold. Lost 2 pounds! Better now.
Keep us posted on your continued success, Slimbo.
3 Mar 19
Well thank you both for your encouragement.
just reporting a good loss last week of 2 1/4 pounds. I’m in the tens now,
at 5ft 4, and determined to stay there. Ten stone 11 3/4 pounds. Hoping for 10:7
eventually and will then re-evalulate. In other words, decide whether I still look
pregnant before deciding when to maintain. Slimbo.
Weight loss isn’t regular as in x amount every week so it is important to be patient and not give in if you go a couple of weeks without loss.
Something you can do is measure yourself, waist, hips, thigh etc because you’ll often find you’ve lost inches but it hasn’t yet registered on the scales. My interpretation of that is the fat cells have been utilised but energy and water not yet used/eliminated.
You have set yourself a very modest goal and I expect you’ll want to lose some more once you get there.
I have changed the way I shop and eat.
When I shop I never walk down the aisle that stocks biscuits, cakes etc. If I don’t look I have no idea what is on offer and don’t miss it.
When cooking I still make dishes and use recipes that are old favourites and I’ve cut the calories by using for eg 1tblsp oil rather than two and adjusted the amounts ie less meat and more veg in a casserole.
I also love trying new recipes and foods I’ve not eaten before.
I’m cooking for one and I think it is very important to make the effort. Fortunately I love it almost as much as I love eating so it’s not a problem.
I do a lot of batch cooking, weighing and calorie counting the ingredients then dividing into portions and freezing them. I have a list on the freezer door of what I’ve got along with the calorie content.
It means I have little excuse for making an unwise choice when I open the fridge door and don’t see anything interesting I want to eat, and means I can buy fresh produce on offer without having to eat the same thing for several days in succession.
Well done on what you’ve achieved so far and keep it up 😀
10 Mar 19
I’m 70 and have been a Lifetime Gold Member of Weightwatchers since 1977 and didnt think their ‘always evolving to latest research’ plan could be bettered. I didn’t manage the 5:2 500cals as I felt deprived. BUT this past week I launched into the Fast800 and had shifted 4lbs of some of the weight that has been hanging around since last year. I run two or three times a week, walk daily and do resistance at the gym and yoga. I am so encouraged by this new version. I was tired on my run this morning, I ran a painting workshop yesterday all day and was knackered, so I just walked a bit when I felt fatigued. I find the TRE has stopped my ‘grazing’ on fruit habit and the rather large gins when I’m stressed. The book has helped me so much, the foods are great.
Welcome to Fasting, cyberjack, and well done on your 4 pounds. So glad the new Fasting is working for you.
Amazon, as always, words to live by.
Slimbo, as Amazon says, lose weight to your Target, then you might well keep going. I had set a goal at the start, thinking it would be impossible to go lower and maintain it. But then more weight came off and I was 3 pounds lower than I ever thought I could be. And maintaining it. Now by ‘maintaining’ I don’t mean that the weight just stays there, rock solid. Weight will go up by 2 pounds [gasp!] or down by 2 pounds quite unexpectedly, but the average weight stays where I want it to be.
What’s new, Slimbo?
Cyberjack, keep us up to date.
14 Mar 19
Thanks everyone for your encouraging posts. Good to hear from you Cyberjack.I agree re the TRE. Evenings used to be my worst times for doing a bit more than grazing; bowls (note the plural) of cereal etc. Ive been pretty good about sticking to, ‘nothing after 7pm’.It enables me to fast easily for 14 hours at least although I aim for 16.I’m still making silly chocolate mistakes but at least I’m eating less of it. My most successful losses have been around salad items.A large salad of anything
‘harmless’ that I can think of on a fast day. On the next day the same again but including cheese etc for a non fast day. I’m the same weight today as I was 10 days ago but at least it’s still in the tens – about 10:12. As long as I don’t go up to the elevens I’m happy so I need a bit more wriggle room yet.
17 Mar 19
Slimbo, don’t get in a rut with the salads. it isn’t all about the low calories — add some protein to prevent hunger.
Weight has been good lately. Just under my Target Weight. Tomorrow will be a Fast Day.
Hi again, I reached my target weight today 15 days of Fast800. So that’s six pounds off. (I’m 5′ 2″and extra weight shows on my belly and thighs and upper arms and it’s shifting, I am amazed). I’ll continue with 5:2 and eat the same foods but more of them on non-fast days. I really like the TRE approach it has stopped the evening carb-binge.
I feel a lot more positive. My sleeping isn’t great but has been worse with over-eating in the past.
18 Mar 19
We are Fasting today. For breakfast we enjoyed eggs baked with chicken cooked with Haitian spices all ground up], served with a side of melon and pineapple. For dinner we’ll have an old favorite, Rumbledeethumps [aka: Colcannon] which I have gotten down to the right calories for a Fast by combining the mashed potato with mashed cauliflower.
What is TRE?
TRE is Time Restricted Eating as described in the Fast800 book, a shortened ‘eating time’ so one might stop eating at 6:00pm and delay breakfast until mid morning or even midday.
19 Mar 19
Tnx for that, cyberjack. Sounds like an 18:6 eating schedule.
20 Mar 19
Hi, we went to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford last night and heard Michael Moseley talk. Of course very entertaining but most of all really underlining the good points in the book.i weighed myself this morning and I’m a pound heavier but rather slow in my,digestion so maybe need to drink more fluid as I tend to be constipated when I eat less. I was planning on fasting today as well as yesterday as it may suit my schedule but then there’s a long gap until my next fast day if I do that.
Well I’ve lost 3lbs due to a streaming cold. Not really the way to do it but can’t look a gift horse in the mouth! Glad you enjoyed the talk Cyberjack. I’m going soon too. Inspiration at this point would be good I think. You’re all doing well. I think I’m the only one who has little exercise. It’s the first day of Spring tomorrow so I hope to correct that soon and fit in some more walking. I hate the gym so won’t be doing that. I have a bike but unfortunately nowhere safe to ride it. It folds up so I’m looking for a safe area now to take it in the car. Also contemplating a Fitbit to do so many steps a day. I’m feeling better today so will eat well and no fast day till Saturday.
MM wasn’t keen on the Fitbit, the book explains his reasoning. He suggests ten minute brisk walking at some stage three times every day and a bit of resistance at home (no gym involved) and a bit of two minute HIIT (ghastly for me but ok for others). Cycling is wonderful but I agree you take your life in your hands on our roads, even the ‘pretty’ routes are terrifying with several tons of car and lorry hurtling past you at very close quarters.
Thanks for that Cyberjack. I must admit I’d been dithering about the Fitbit. I remember now reading M’s negative comments in the book. When you said you did 15 days of fast 800, was that two weeks eating daily at 800?
Hi Slimbo, yes 15 days of 80, I think 14 is minimum. Now trying 5:2, on ‘normal days’ eating same foods but more of them avoiding starchy carbs and eating ‘Mediterranean diet’…. We’ll see. I only had about half a stone to lose but it really wouldn’t budge. I 5’2″ so it shows as there’s nowhere for it to go 😄
800 not 80!🙄
In fact, it could be that by sticking to a good dietary plan, they may even increase their life expectancy. If the elderly have no illnesses, then fasting could be considered to be relatively safe. … Older people who are sick are not advised to fast at all
Cyberjack, thanks for your reply. How did you find 800 a day.?
I don’t drink which I think helps a lot with this diet. I don’t think I’d find it too difficult for a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to lose more in warmer weather when I’m out and about which has happened in the past. I’ll see how things are going at the end of April but I’ll bear this in mind for future reference.
Slimbo, I found the 800 ok to do, some days I went over by a tiny amount other days below. The stopping eating after about 7:00pm, only having decaff tea infusions (no milk) and then not eating until later morning the next day helped my motivation, stopped the evening binge of crispbreads and peanut butter. I don’t drink now as a rule either. I switched to buying Brewdog Nanny State Alcohol Free Ale 26 calories and Seedlip, very expensive botanical , like a spirit, distilled and ZERO calories ( many low and no alcohol products say 0.5% alcohol, there’s more alcohol in a banana, there’s a re-classification debate going on at the moment) However I’ve not had any of those drinks during this past couple of weeks.
I feel hungry at times but it passes. I’m not sleeping very well but never have. I do quite a lot of exercise.
21 Mar 19
It’s 10 weeks ago today that I did my first fast day. Can’t believe it! I’ve lost exactly 10 lbs since that day.
I must be doing something right according to the average loss stated on this site.
Fitnesshealthforever- yes it would be good to think that we’re improving our life expectancy. I imagine that’s why a lot of people diet. I’m appalled when I see huge young women with children around. Some of them can hardly walk. I read somewhere that two thirds of adults are overweight. I think when you reach 70 though, you can’t pretend anymore that you’re young. That was why I was anxious to tread carefully with a new diet. It’s very encouraging to hear about the positive effects on blood pressure and cholesterol. I’d like to know more about that.
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