Five months from my Fast adventure and I’ve lost 30lbs. I have continued to use 5:2 as just watching calories and exercise hasn’t worked for me. I have taken a break every now and again – and for most of June. I have yoyo’d back and forth from finding 5:2 easy, manageable and brutal. However, because it WORKS for me I’ve kept going back to it.
My exercise has been consistent. Cardio and strength training mix. When I monitor my calories my weight yo-yo’s and stays pretty much the same. When I have two fast days, I consistently lose a couple of pounds minimum. One week I lost 6 pounds but I had been doing a lot of cardio.
I have another 28 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. It is difficult sometimes to keep the momentum going on fast days. I always weigh myself once a week and log my weight so I know if I’m goings overboard or stagnating. It’s about keeping on top of it all the time. Yes! I would like to not have to do that, but I want to reach my goal weight and fitness goals more.
Contrary to general consensus that says we shouldn’t look at skinny, fit people cause it makes us feel bad and gives us eating disorders, I find it helps me stay motivated. I follow and study people who have succeeded in their fitness and weight goals.
10 Month on from my start date and I’m in a maintenance stage. I generally use the 16:8 method where you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. I generally try to eat a net calories in versus out of 1200 a day, however I usually net out to about 1350. I love it because the fasting gives my body a break but I can still pretty much eat what I want generally. So there’s a lot of wiggle room. I’ve lost about 36.6 lbs at my last weigh in, and find the 16:8 way of life easy to maintain. I know, if I had to return to 5:2 I could do it too, so I feel like I have my diet balanced and controlled.
Good Luck finding your balance peeps! Wish y’all well in 2020. Kick some ass!