I have been using intermittent fasting for health and weight loss since I watch a BBC documentary in August 2012. Initially I was using alternate day fasting - and lost no weight. I then switched to the 5/2 pattern of eating, with two fasting days (where I eat no more than 500 calories) and five days where I eat what I want. After years of gradually putting on weight, I have now lost two stone.
I feel as enthusiastic about this way of dieting as I did at the beginning of my journey. I love the fact that I only ever have to think about one day of dieting. I appreciate my food much more. I have found that it has liberated me from feeling guilty about eating anything at all because I am fat - and from feeling that I have no willpower. Two days a week I have extreme willpower and stick to a diet of 500 calories only. And I have done for months.
I had one period when I didn't continue - I was ill with flu after Christmas. I didn't feel like eating at all for the first week, but I went back to eating normally gradually. On every other diet I have tried, as soon as I stopped I piled on a lot of the lost weight - sometimes as much as eight or nine pounds in a week. On the intermittent fasting diet there was no such effect.
My weight loss has been steady, I taste and appreciate my food more, I have stopped feeling guilty about food. I am losing weight. I have become a walking advertisement for the diet for weight loss. But there is more. The BBC programme showed that this way of eating has benefits in lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol and a whole range of markers. I think that's why I find it easy to stick to the diet... I believe it is doing me good. I've learned that I can be hungry, not eat, and be ok. I wanted a place to put all the information about intermittent fasting. And here it is. Welcome!