Now I can't verify that the other claims of the 5:2 diet have or haven't worked as I didn't have a baseline measurement for my cholesterol or all of the other 'health markers' that are meant to improve but I can say this, I haven't lost any weight AND I haven't lost any inches.
I did 5:2 for 6 weeks and followed the rules.
Did Mondays and Thursdays 500 calories per day and for the rest of the week I ate normal. Now the advice was to not stress over what you ate on feast days and I didn't. I ate what I wanted. My diet prior to starting was pretty poor and if i'm honest I must have been consuming anything from 14,000 - 16,000 calories per week.
The numbersFor a woman on a normal calorie intake of 2000 calories per day over a week (7 days) you'd consume 14,000 calories per week. So on this basis as long as I consume under 14,000 per week I should lose weight right?... wrong.
My numbers per weekWeek 1 - 12,500 calories
Week 2 - 12,500 calories
Week 3 - 12,695 calories
Week 4 - 13,142 calories
Week 5 - 14,000 calories est - No fasting
Week 6 - 12,500 calories
I did 5:2 and even when I did overeat on a feast day (which I did some days up to 2700 calories est) overall for the week I STILL consumed less that 14,000 calories.
So I should over 6 weeks have lost at least 2 lbs...as there was a 6663 calorie deficit.
I lost nothing but more disappointing no inches either, plus I felt really bloated.
I was fully prepared to do this long term but this is just disappointing but I have continued to fast for the health benefits but TBH I am getting pretty despondent. I was really hoping for a lifestyle change...
Any help or explanation would really be appreciated right now as i'm close to quitting :-(