Frequently Asked Questions About the 5:2 Method

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How Do I Do it? In a nutshell, you simply pick two days a week to fast and on those days you can consume up to 25% of your recommended daily calorie intake (in any form you like) during or at the end of that day. On the other 5 days of the week just eat like you normally would. Obviously not with the intention on going overboard and bingeing afterwards! For the average woman it will be 500 calories that are allowed on your fasting day. Everyone is a little bit different though depending on your age and activity level etc so you can refer to this calulator here to work it out accurately. So during the day either have any non-calorie drinks if  you’re saving your calories for one meal at the end of the day and then eat your meal that you will have selected due to it’s calorie content. Or Eat that […]

Is it OK to Drink Milk in My Coffee or Tea When Intermittent Fasting?

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Is it ok to have milk in my coffee or tea during a fast or will it ruin my fast completely? This seems to cause a lot of confusion for intermittent fasters and is the one of the most commonly asked questions when starting out. For some reason, even one cup of coffee or tea with milk seems to help us get through our fasts so much easier than going milkless. Especially during the last few hours of a fast.  It’s just that much more satisfying. If you’re ‘True Fasting’ (fasting with no calories at all for 16 to 24 hours at a time) then usually it would be a no-no. But if it means that you actually finish your fast and is the difference between doing a 24 hour fast instead of 20 hours then it’s definitely going to be more beneficial. Even our ancestors in the Paleo era, where we draw our intermittent fasting […]

Intermittent Fasting and Exercise – Should You Exercise on Fasting Days?

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Do you get confused about whether or not you should  be exercising on fasting days? And whether exercise will increase your hunger and cause you to cheat on our fast? Or whether the time of day that you exercise will make a difference? These are all important questions to us intermittent fasters. The last thing I feel like doing is too much exercise so that I overeat and undo the benefits of my fasts. That sounds about as much fun as running a marathon backwards! If you’ve read our previous article about how chronic cardio exercise can increase appetite and cravings for high calorie foods, I’m sure you’ll be interested to know whether you’re doing the right thing by adding exercise to your fasting schedule. Thankfully Krista Varady and colleagues looked at the effect of mixing exercise and intermittent fasting on weight loss in a recent study and has kindly answered these questions for us. If you watched the […]