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Does anyone do the 5 / 2 diet?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

It's basically where you eat normally for 5 days a week and then for 2 days you restrict your calories to 500 a day

Does anyone eat like this? Can anyone see any potential benefits for eating like this? The guy on this show I'm watching lowered his body fat and loads of risk factors by eating this way. I'm going to give it a go and see what happens, I tried IF before but it stressed me out, I didn't realise you could just restrict your calories to 500 and get similar results

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:55 AM

I just read through all these responses and you might want to consider the fact that people are taking the time to give you thoughtful answers. Every one of your responses are snarky and disrespectful.

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:16 AM

preferably they should be in a row. for stronger effect. you will however get effect even if they are note.

489d6842b84b920fabcb9eeb83783c91

(270)

on August 22, 2012
at 02:55 PM

actually, my understanding of this IF protocol is that they shouldn't be in a row.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 08:23 AM

luckily I'm not trying to lose weight

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 08:22 AM

actually it was easy

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 21, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Wow, HuntingBears, you got a bit testy there. I think Matthius' questions were legitimate and not an attack.

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on August 20, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Glad to hear you're English, but I don't know what that has to do with your historical body composition.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on August 20, 2012
at 11:55 AM

Yeah, I know. 500 calories is going to be tough.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:52 AM

I meant literally stresssed my body through high cortisol from fasting, now stressed me out personally

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:52 AM

I am English, I am not fat gone skinny through paleo, I dont want to do low carb to lose weight ok? I am looking at fasting for health reasons

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:05 PM

lol just kidding.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 19, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I'm 80:20 16/8 5/2 24/7

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12672)

on August 19, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I'm 80:20 16/8 5/2 24/7

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 19, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Well seeing as we are on paleohacks i mean eating paleo at normal calories

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Also, are you weight-reduced or naturally lean, HuntingBears? That probably changes things.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:51 PM

If you have to force yourself to follow the protocol against your body's whims, it's not working. I struggled for years with horrific appetite after reducing my weight substantially. Adopting a low-carb diet made everything A LOT easier. I'm not saying low-carb is the only approach, but it certainly did wonders for me.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I'm all for the 1/2 diet, it's like 50% easier than regular approaches

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I'm not trying to lose weight, maybe I'll give the 8 hour eating window a go

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Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Sounds substantially more stressful than IFing every day. I would personally be dreading the two day period after every "5-day island."

Whatever allows you to reduce your caloric intake sufficiently to lose weight is fair game if that's your only goal, but does that kind of regimen seem sustainable to you?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I'm not trying to lose weight, maybe I'll give the 8 hour eating window a go

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:51 PM

If you have to force yourself to follow the protocol against your body's whims, it's not working. I struggled for years with horrific appetite after reducing my weight substantially. Adopting a low-carb diet made everything A LOT easier. I'm not saying low-carb is the only approach, but it certainly did wonders for me.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 20, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Glad to hear you're English, but I don't know what that has to do with your historical body composition.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on August 19, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Also, are you weight-reduced or naturally lean, HuntingBears? That probably changes things.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:52 AM

I am English, I am not fat gone skinny through paleo, I dont want to do low carb to lose weight ok? I am looking at fasting for health reasons

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 21, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Wow, HuntingBears, you got a bit testy there. I think Matthius' questions were legitimate and not an attack.

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:09 PM

HuntingBears, didn't you also just ask a question about alternate day fasting?

http://paleohacks.com/questions/144265/alternate-day-fasting#axzz24Iam58P1

I'm worried about you, dear. I know you're basically at the end of your rope in trying to improve the appearance of your skin and also help lift your very, very low moods. I think you should just choose a plan and give it a try. Seems like you're suffering that ol' paralysis by analysis...becoming exposed to too many different ideas, searching for the one that will be your magic bullet. Honestly, you've gotta just get in there and TRY something. And give it enough time to see if it's actually working. Very stubborn problems do not go away overnight, even when a dietary or lifestyle change is working.

Ultimately, I think you might do better to just relax a little. Eat real food. Avoid trigger foods if you have any, and keep it as clean as you can manage. This quest for some sweet spot of IF, eating windows, and calorie roller coasters is, I think, doing more harm than good.

I do believe there is a sweet spot for most people, but don't obsess over finding it right now. Just do your best with eating well and loving yourself. Loving YOU, as a human being, who just happens to have skin she's unhappy with. I have upper arm batwings no matter how much triceps work I do. And a little gut roll even though I'm overall darn happy with the weight loss I've maintained over the past few years. I'm not perfect but those flaws do not define my worth as a human being.

I think you could really benefit from this beautiful, beautiful post:

Stacy's AWESOME post

and this one:

The Fattest People in Paleo

I know you're not trying to lose weight, but these address the other, deeper issues surrounding all this stuff and I think you'll find something that speaks to you.

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I don't think you have to do 2 days in a row. Just 2 days out of 7.

489d6842b84b920fabcb9eeb83783c91

(270)

on August 22, 2012
at 02:55 PM

actually, my understanding of this IF protocol is that they shouldn't be in a row.

Medium avatar

(115)

on April 07, 2013
at 01:16 AM

preferably they should be in a row. for stronger effect. you will however get effect even if they are note.

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3f947ae1664d0fc741ba8f756115fba6

(20)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:41 AM

The point of the 5:2 is not so much to lose weight, but to decrease the level of human growth hormone IGF-1 which is indicated in lots of illness. Eating healthy every day won't do that for you.

The side effect of eating this way is weight loss.

Seems good to me and I'm going to try it.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 08:23 AM

luckily I'm not trying to lose weight

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

If IF stressed you out, eating 500 calories two days in a row every week is going to be hell.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 20, 2012
at 10:52 AM

I meant literally stresssed my body through high cortisol from fasting, now stressed me out personally

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on August 20, 2012
at 11:55 AM

Yeah, I know. 500 calories is going to be tough.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 08:22 AM

actually it was easy

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on February 02, 2013
at 11:26 PM

I've been doing 5/2 for 4 weeks and whilst it was hard at first its easy now. i even added a third fast day this week as i wanted to see how it felt. I feel great at the moment. Much more alert and clear headed and loads of energy down the gym

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:40 PM

The Perfect Health diet talks about fasting to improve health. They suggest a protein sparing modified fast, which includes Minerals and bone broth, or a ketogenic fast that includes lots of coconut oil. They view fasting for health reasons, not for weight loss.

Also, the 5/2 plan isn't 2 days of fasting, they suggest breaking it up with 24 hours between. Most of the IF literature I've read focuses on weight loss as well as autophagy, so if weight loss isn't a goal, you might have to modify it or eat more on non fasting days/hours.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Honestly, my main concern would be what "eating normally" for five days means to you. Why not eat healthy every day?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 19, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Well seeing as we are on paleohacks i mean eating paleo at normal calories

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:24 AM

Counting day is as paleo as counting calories. Instead of having exact days, just fast! Sometimes it comes natural if you're not the programmed type who most eat meals the same time every day. And sometimes you might plan to skip a whole day to get another effect on your body.

And every now and then you might even take a multi-day fast with low-carb and low-protein. Those would be great days for some yoga classes I'd figure.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Oddly enough, I bet I am close to that.

During the week I eat 3 huge meals a day plus pre/post workout drinks.

However during the weekend, I normally don't eat breakfast might eat a bowl of grapes or something else fruit based. Normally eat 1 meal on Saturday and Sunday.

I am far less active on my weekends and it seems to be what I naturally fell into so no complaints. I'm past the "I can only eat this much" or the I "can't eat because it not in my time zone" hungry I eat, when in doubt I eat more.

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I watched it too pretty cool never seen fasting in the mainstream media before. MDA has a good series on fasting, kind of lays it all out.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-weight-loss/#axzz241p0OWpf

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:03 PM

I personally prefer the 6 / 3 diet.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I'm all for the 1/2 diet, it's like 50% easier than regular approaches

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(12672)

on August 19, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I'm 80:20 16/8 5/2 24/7

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