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The latest craze in the world of dieting 6 Great Free Weight Loss Resource Sites 6 Great Free Weight Loss Resource Sites Read More is intermittent fasting. There are a range of diets available that all involve eating normally some days and eating very little on other days. The verdict is still out as to whether these kinds of diets — the fast diet, the 5:2 diet, alternate day fasting, and intermittent fasting — work in the longterm, but they do seem to offer short-term results.

It should be noted that we’re not advocating diets that involve fasting. Any major change in lifestyle shouldn’t be taken lightly, and you may want to consult your doctor before embarking on the fast diet, 5:2 diet, alternate day fasting, or any intermittent fasting. All we have done is pull together some of the best resources online related to this popular method for losing weight and getting healthier.

Wikipedia

We begin, as many of us begin our online journeys exploring new subjects, with Wikipedia. In particular the Wikipedia page for Intermittent Fasting. This will tell you the absolute basics of the idea of fasting on purpose, delve into the different types of diets which use fasting as a weight loss method, and give a little background into the science behind the whole thing.

As usual with Wikipedia, it’s the references at the bottom of the page that provide the most usefulness. A lot of the external links point to one-off articles discussing the positive and negative aspects of intermittent fasting, and these are essential reading for anyone thinking of embarking on a diet involving fasting.

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The Fast Diet

Intermittent fasting has been used by people in many different cultures for centuries, but it wasn’t until Michael Mosley, a medical journalist working for the BBC, made a documentary about it that the idea entered into the mainstream. This is his website with Mimi Spencer, who co-authored the book The Fast Diet.

The site offers a lot of background information on the fast diet, otherwise known as the 5:2 diet. There are meal plans and recipes, a forum for everyone trying the diet to share their successes and failures, and an in-depth exploration of the science behind fasting as a means of losing weight and improving health.

The 5:2 Diet Book

There is more than one book detailing the 5:2 diet, and this website is based on the one by Kate Harrison. As well as revealing how to succeed at the fasting diet, she has also released a recipe book full of meals suitable for fasting days, both of which are augmented by the pages of this site.

There is a goal-setting planner and meal planner available to download, forums full of meal suggestions and tips, recipes to follow, success stories, and the obligatory FAQs. Brilliantly, there is also a PDF containing all of the links from the book, which include informative articles, interviews with experts, surveys, and scientific analyses.

The 5:2 Fast Diet Forum

All diets are hard work, no matter how easy they may be pitched as being. Diets that rely on intermittent fasting are no exception to this rule, which means that having the support of other people, especially those going through the same process, is crucial. This is the sort of thing the Internet is perfect for, with forums providing safe havens Lose More Weight Faster With The Help Of These Communities Lose More Weight Faster With The Help Of These Communities The fact is, losing weight is never going to be easy. No matter what method you try to use there is a simple formula: eat less, burn more. There is a million ways to carry... Read More for people to hang out with like-minded individuals.

So it is with this website, a forum dedicated to the 5:2 diet. There’s a perfunctory FAQ and a good selection of external links, but the meat of this site is the actual forum itself. People from all walks of life can bond over their mutual desire to lose weight, and ask questions and seek out advice over how to succeed at this unique diet.

Other Places To Explore

This is a just a brief smattering of the websites dedicated to intermittent fasting and the specific diets that have emerged from the practise. But there are many more places to explore online for information related to this form of dieting.

As you’ve no doubt noticed there are YouTube videos embedded throughout this article, but search the Google-owned site and you’ll find a lot more where that came from. Terms to use include ‘Intermittent Fasting‘, ‘5:2 Diet‘, ‘Fasting Diet‘, and ‘5:2 Diet Recipes‘.

Facebook and Twitter are good places to find the people whose names have become synonymous with this form of dieting, and tips designed to help you succeed at fasting. Simply use the same search terms listed above for YouTube.

Pinterest is a great resource for fasting day recipes, with people sharing their ideas for low-calorie meals. Don’t search for words related to fast diets, instead focus on finding boards full of healthy meals and foodstuffs rated as having a low GI (Glycemic Index).

Conclusions

Fasting diets offer an alternative for those of us who struggle to stick to more conventional diets. In simple terms these kinds of diets lead to you consuming less calories over the course of a week, the only difference being that you’ve packed the dieting into two days rather than seven. I have personally had some success with intermittent fasting, and by using these Web resources perhaps you will too. If it doesn’t work then you could always play video games to help you lose weight 4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight 4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight All too often, people who are not gamers have this idea that individuals who choose to spend their time playing video games are lazy. Sure, we like to sit around with a controller in our... Read More instead.

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  1. dragonmouth
    November 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    If one has no will power, no diet will work, no matter how draconian.
    If one does have the will power, no special diet is necessary, only a modification of our everyday eating habits. The two most important and critical exercises we can do to accompany our daily diet is the "lay down" and "push away" - lay down the fork and push your body away from the table. Of course doing other physical exercise helps, too.

    "I get regular exercise but I still struggle because of the sedentary nature of my job."
    "Sedentary job" is a cop-out. You are either not exercising enough or eating too much. The difference between calories you eat and the calories you burn is very small. Do you enjoy exercising or is it a chore to be done just to burn calories?

    I, too, had a sedentary job. I spent 8-10 hours sitting at a desk and I ate everything in sight, without regards to its nutritional values. Did not have problem with weight but I ran at least an hour ever day and enjoyed it most of the time. Exercise became part of my daily routine. I got to the point that I felt out of sorts if I did not run or exercise.

    I am not advocating that everyone should run an hour every day. All it takes for calory burning to occur is to break sweat for 15-20 minutes. Since we all eat every day, we should exercise every day.

  2. likefunbutnot
    November 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I lost about 160lbs. a few years back largely by limiting my caloric intake and, you know, exercising. I decided on a rough caloric target and at first strictly controlled intake to the point where I was weighing everything that went in my mouth and then gradually eased up once I had a decent idea in my head about how large appropriate mealtime portions are. This is really not all that difficult if you're a single person, but of course it's much, much harder for someone who has to prepare and/or eat with others.

    I got to be really friendly with grilled chicken breast and steam-in-bag plain vegetables. I don't think fasting is a great idea, but rather to have small snack-type meals throughout the day if possible. That might mean some carrots or a 100 calorie protein bar, but I think it's really important to keep from feeling deprived while you're dieting.

    Exercise is a very personal thing but based on my experience it has to be part of the process. I really resent doing it, but I've found that I look forward to whatever is in my podcast listening queue. I started by just walking for an hour a day (figure you'll burn about "a can of sugared soda" from that), but after that stopped being productive I moved on to using an elliptical or stair machine at a gym. I've since added some strength training as well.

    The best things for weight loss in my case were a kitchen scale, BeyondPod (or some other podcast downloading tool), a good pair of headphones and a few pairs of walking shoes.

    I'm not going to say what I did would work for everyone, but a few years ago I had a 56" waist and now it's 32", so clearly it CAN.

    • Dave P
      November 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      That is an amazing result, man, so well done on the hard work. I currently have a 40" waist and dream of having a 32" waist.

      We all know there's no mystery to losing weight: consume less than you burn. But that doesn't make it any easier. Fasting is just another option for those who struggle to stick to more traditional eating plans.

      I get regular exercise but I still struggle because of the sedentary nature of my job.

      Again, congrats on the weight loss. You should be proud :)

  3. Dave P
    November 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I assure you this isn't a sponsored post and we haven't sought to promote any particular product. There is mention of several books, websites, and organizations, the only connection between them being the 5:2 diet.

    The only reason the 5:2 diet is so prominent because that's the IF regime that has hit the mainstream, hence there are online resources dedicated to it. We've linked to the IF page on Wikipedia, which lists the various different IF regimes out there. If people start by trying the 5:2 diet and then move on to more extensive fasting sessions that is up to them.

    • creem
      November 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      You missed out on the fasts that really work. Like Juice fasts etc. So its natural for anyone to think this is a sponsored post. Most of these are controversial to say the least

    • Dave P
      November 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Creem, the thing is this is a technology blog so this post is designed to point people towards resources on the Web they can use to aid with their fasting diets. Therefore it was never designed to discuss the different fasting diets at length and weigh one up against the other. That's the job of websites about dieting.

  4. Enj0i
    November 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    So is there a reason you covered one of the worst IF regimes out there (perhaps a sponsored post?) Considering the creator of the plan states that it is optimal to lose about 0.46 kg (roughly one pound) per week, something that should be seen as a failure of IF at that level. The more standard 16:8, 20:4, even 36 hour fasts show much greater results than this plan; not to mention that, aside from the 36 hour fast, these alternatives show much less chance of binge eating than the 5:2 plan does due to the standardized fasting times.

    It should also be of note that eating the small amount of calories on your 2 days can be detrimental given the times at which you consume the calories. The ENTIRE idea behind IF is not the 'activation of repair mode,' or any other 'health benefits,' but rather to drop the insulin levels in the body to non existent levels. When insulin is not present in the body and your body demands energy you begin to burn fat reserves rather than use up the energy you consume from food. With that idea in mind IF aides in appetite control to help extend the periods of time in which your body is burning fat and not carbohydrates taken in from food. If you eat your 600 calories at the wrong time in your 2 fasting days this process is ruined which is the reason the creator the the 5:2 plan only believes you can lose 0.46 kg a week rather than the 1-1.5 Kg that 20:4 plans can give.

    The next issue comes with the term 'diet.' IF is not a diet, as it does not tell you what to eat. While the 5:2 plan technically does restrict intake for two days, the idea that you can eat your 2000 calories on your off days would not make it it a diet (where is the restriction in these days?) there is simple math when it comes to losing weight, regardless of the type of things you eat: If I require 2300 calories a day to maintain a my body weight when all things are considered if I intake only 2000 calories a day, then I will have lost the weight equivalent of 300 calories. While the 500 calorie days would then show that these days are intensive weight loss days, the normal days turn detrimental to the processes as they do not aide in weight loss, something that is inefficient in the grand scheme of things.

    While I am sure people may find results from the 5:2 plan, these would be immediate and not long lasting, showing very small amounts of weight loss. I would only attribute these losses to the fact that they probably never restricted the times in which they ate to begin with and thus have lost weight just due to the help of eating less, however the efficiency of 16:8 and 20:4 plans are vastly superior to the 5:2 plan. I am disappointed that this post made it sound like a general IF post but instead turned out to be a massive promotion for a sub-par 'diet.'

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