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Today.... is the start of a healthier lifestyle

At the beginning of the year I followed the 5:2 eating plan. I've gone a bit off-piste lately, but determined to get back into the routine. More importantly for me, my weight hasn't gone back on. I would thoroughly recommend this plan, as on two days I don't have to think about lunch and take myself out for a long walk instead. I plan my weekly meals before I do my food shop, which for me is great. If you're not sure on 2 fasting days, I would urge you to give it a go (as long as your GP confirms it's ok, as it's not for everyone). You still get to eat on the 2 fasting days, just very reduced calories. Whatever route you take to loose your weight and get healthier - good luck.

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Hello Hidden and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum

Well done on maintaining your weight during recent months, that's a real achievement and should be applauded. 😀

I have tried the 5:2 diet and it nearly killed me!! Lol 😂 But if it works for you, good luck! We are all individuals and finding the right plan is key to success.

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Hi, welcome. How much control do you need to have on the 5 days?

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Hi, you need to eat within your daily recommended allowance on your 5 "normal" days. If you feel more comfortable planning a whole weeks meals, that works too. But I like the freedom of only having to think about 2 days and then being sensible on the other 5 - very liberating. If you're going to give it a go, don't even think about food during the day - you may get hungry, but distract yourself with a walk, some housework, read a book and drink lots of water. I just tell myself, it's only another ... hours to dinner time and I won't die of starvation before then! I read up on the health benefits before I started and thought I would give it a go, I'm really glad I did. Good luck if you're planning this route for your weight loss.

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I just wondered how it works. Thanks, its interesting hear what different people do.


Ellamidlands is that a 6 stone badge or do my eyes deceive me!! Go girl and what's your number 1 tip?


Hi, thanks for making me feel good. I have lost just over 6 stone but I still weigh just under 17 stone so a long way to go. My tip would be to avoid sugar - having a bit definitely makes me want to have more.


I find the same with sugar. It's really addictive isn't it? I have found too that it's easier to avoid having the first sweet than to resist the next.

You've got this .. just keep doing what you're doing and best wishes

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