The Fast Diet? No thanks!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
The Fast Diet? No thanks!
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 9:51am

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The Fast Diet was published in January and has quickly become the go-to diet for all of Britain’s weight-loss hungry. According to authors Michael Mosley, M.D. and Mimi Spencer, you can eat whatever you want five days a week and lose 20 pounds. Who wouldn’t bite? For the other two days a week, you are limited to 500 calories a day. But still, sounds like the dream diet! [read more


I can't believe people are recommending this! I know when I only eat 1200 calories (the bare minimum you should consume) I am feeling yucky. I can't imagine only 500 and for two days!

Plus, you know, this doesn't teach you how to eat at all. :(

Anyone here counting calories? What's your minimum? I try to keep it around 1400-1500.

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:00am

I can't really see how that type diet will work. And basically you'd be starving yourself for two days a week. I've drank one cup of cappucino with 500 calories before (which is probably why I'm in the situation I am in).

I try to stay under 2000 per day. Anything lower and I can feel myself getting angry and frustrated and I start to do nothing but think about food.

Brenda

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 1:06pm

brensticker wrote:
I can't really see how that type diet will work. And basically you'd be starving yourself for two days a week. I've drank one cup of cappucino with 500 calories before (which is probably why I'm in the situation I am in).I try to stay under 2000 per day. Anything lower and I can feel myself getting angry and frustrated and I start to do nothing but think about food.

I totally agree! I've done 1000 a few times, but it was more of a "I'm out and about and don't have time to stop and eat" type deal. Never on purpose. 

And not for nothing, you'd also have to eat within some kind of range the other days. You can't be eating 3000 calories a day for 5 days and then just 1000 between the other two. You're still not going to make a dent! 

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Registered: 03-13-2013
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 6:44pm

I've been doing this for a couple of weeks, and have not passed away, yet.  ;)  There are several things I like about it:

1.I tend to gorge and eat very quickly.  Since, for 2 days each week, I get very small portions, I am learning to eat more slowly and savor every bite.

2. Everything they recommend you eat on your "fast" days is very healthy.

3. I am fasting on Mondays & Wednesdays, and I am finding the other 5 days I am being more discerning about what I cram in my mouth.  MUCH more discerning.

4. This diet works well in my marriage.  Others have not.  Two days a week, he's on his own, and he can handle that.  When I was cooking something special for myself on a daily basis, he refused to eat it, and I caved and cooked for him.  My bad, I know, but I made it clear that I wouldn't be doing that this time, and he's good with it.

  1. 5. I need to lose about 20, and this seems sustainable for the long haul.  

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.  I'll keep you guys posted if you're interested.  If you don't hear from me again, you can assume the worst.  Tongue Out

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 2:35pm
I can see this diet working, but not the way it's described in the article. I would consider "eat whatever you want" to mean, healthy food within a specific calorie limit, not just gorging yourself on unhealthy food such as pizza, wings, sweets etc. One time I went on a diet that, in order to jump start, you engaged in a water fast for the first 2 days. The first day was terrible but by the second day my body adjusted. I think my stomach just gave up on wanting food. LOL Since these 2 days are not 2 days in a row, cutting back to 500 calories would just give your weight loss a little nudge. After a day of only 500 calories, 1200 calories would feel like a feast! Many people such as myself have to go without food for several days after surgery or other medical treatments. It's under doctor's supervision, but aside from being uncomfortable it's not really a detriment to your health when only done occasionally. I realize it's not for everyone, but I am curious to hear how it turns out for Add2Cart. Carol