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Another Day, Another Diet: The Fast Diet

Updated on July 9, 2017

High Hopes for The Fast Diet

Having tried a number of different diets over the years, and failing at most, I am about to attempt a new diet that I have recently read about in the July 1st issue of Woman's World magazine. In fact, I am starting this diet today. This one is called, 'The Fast Diet." It originated in England but is a big hit in the United States and in many other countries. I was hoping the word "fast" in the title meant that one would lose weight FAST! But unfortunately, that is not what it means. It's a type of diet plan where one doesn't eat as much on certain days as on others. The days you eat less are your "fast" days.

I have been attempting to diet on and off since having children wreaked havoc on my waistline. And then there have been other stages of my life which haven't helped. Now that I am middle-aged, apparently there are some hormonal changes that they say make it harder for a woman to lose weight. And I can vouch for those changes. I have tried dieting, exercise, exercise and dieting together, and while some have worked, they haven't helped me keep the weight off, and eventually, those pounds crept back on. Most diets left me cranky, tired and starving. None of those adjectives sit well with my husband and so I have been looking for a better way. I am hoping I have found it in this diet.

As you can see in this picture from April, 2013 I have gotten good at hiding behind things when having my picture taken. Here I am hiding behind a Mickey Mouse statue at California Adventure!
As you can see in this picture from April, 2013 I have gotten good at hiding behind things when having my picture taken. Here I am hiding behind a Mickey Mouse statue at California Adventure! | Source

Healthy Weight and BMI

According to the Weight Watchers, my healthy weight range is 24 to 53 pounds less than I am right now. And for those of you who pay attention to BMI ( Body Mass Index), I am at the top end of the overweight range, teetering on obesity. Yikes, that was scary to write, and embarrassing to admit! The range for BMI runs as follows:

Underweight: Under 18.5

Normal Weight Range: 18.5 - 24.9

Overweight: 25 - 29.9

Obesity: 30 or greater

If you are interested, I have included the link to check out your personal BMI below.


Now, I have known this for years, so you might think that I would do something permanent about it. My problem is, I love to eat. And to top it off, I am an emotional eater, so if I am tired or stressed, I eat to make myself feel better. Those two facts in combination with each other do not make for a slim and trim figure. Add to this the fact that I had a heart attack while going through a divorce eight years ago doesn't help matters. So, today is a day full of hope for me. I am inviting you to come along for the ride.

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What is The Fast Diet Exactly?


For those of you wondering how The Fast Diet works, it's quite simple...and that's another thing I like about it. You eat your normal meals and snacks five days per week, and you fast on two non-consecutive days. On Fast days, women eat 500 calories worth of food and men eat 600. Isn't that great? That means that you aren't on a diet where you are hungry seven days per week. There are only two days per week where you eat less than you normally would, and those days are not even 2 in a row. If you are the type of person like me who doesn't like to feel deprived, this is a good way to handle a diet because you only feel deprived one day at a time, if at all. The promoter of this diet, Dr. Michael Moseley, from England, says now that he has been doing the diet for awhile, his body has gotten used to it, and he doesn't feel deprived or hungry at all on fast days. After reaching your goal weight, you can maintain the weight loss by fasting only one day per week.

Dr. Moseley has written a book complete with recipes about the diet. I have included two video interviews with him below, in which the book is mentioned. But the bottom line is that women eat only 500 calories for the whole day on fasting days, and men eat about 600 calories. The woman in the magazine article I read has lost 20 pounds in twelve weeks, and her boyfriend lost 25 pounds in the same amount of time. The magazine has a few meal plans included in the article. Here is what I will be eating today:

Breakfast/Lunch:

1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese

One sliced pear

1 plum

Dinner:

One frozen meal ( 300 calories or less)

One cup of steamed vegetables

One bowl of leafy greens with vinegar

( There are other examples of meals without frozen dinners, such as 5 oz. of grilled chicken breast and fish but to start with the frozen meals just seemed easier for me)

The plan says you can drink as much black tea, coffee, and water as you want. I drink water with my meals anyway, and I will add Splenda to my coffee ( allowed) and a non- fat creamer to my coffee, which is not technically allowed, but since my frozen meals that I bought for this week are both under 300 calories, I will just make up those extra calories with the non- fat creamer.

Interview with Dr. Michael Mosely

Here I am with my husband in May, 2013. I wear 2 shirts sometimes to cover up what I don't want seen. I actually think that sometimes that makes me look larger than I am.
Here I am with my husband in May, 2013. I wear 2 shirts sometimes to cover up what I don't want seen. I actually think that sometimes that makes me look larger than I am. | Source

Fast Diet Benefits Other Than Weight Loss

Other health benefits of The Fast Diet include:

* It reboots hormones to jump start metabolism

* It speeds the production of health promoting compounds making stronger cells which resist disease and aging.

* Studies have shown an improvement in lowered blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol levels in Fast Dieters


I am going to keep track on this hub of the weight I lose as I go along. I am committing to 12 weeks at this point. Right now, that seems like a pretty big commitment to me. Today is the first day I am starting the diet, so I have no idea if it works, but am stepping out in blind faith, and because this diet makes sense to me. Sorry folks, I am not going to tell you my starting weight, only my progress. They say to measure your waistline around your belly button, so I include that as well.

Weight Loss Table

Date
Weight Lost Since Starting Date
Waistline Loss
Current BMI
7/15/13
2 lbs.!!!
1/2 inch
28.7 ( down .3)
7/22/13
Gained .2 lb
1 inch
28.7
7/29/13
Lost .4 ( down 2.2lbs total)
same as above
28.7 (same)
8/5/13
Gained .2 lbs
same as above
28.7 ( same)
8/12/13
My diet is done!!!
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8/19/13
 
 
 
8/26/13
 
 
 
9/2/13
 
 
 
9/9/13
 
 
 
9/16/13
 
 
 
9/23/13
 
 
 
9/30/13
 
 
 
My Fast Diet Weight Loss Results

Video About The Fast Diet With Dr. Michael Moseley

Spreading the Food Allowance Out Throughout the Day

The woman that wrote The Fast Diet Recipe book has also tried the diet. She did say that for her, having only two meals per day were hard, so instead she split it up and made it three or had a part of the meal as a snack. I'm with her on that one. I have read quite often that having small meals throughout the day boosts metabolism, so that is the plan I will follow.

Perks With The Fast Diet

My commitment to this diet right now, on July 8th, 2013 is for three months, which is the last week in September. This works perfectly because my husband and I have a cruise planned for the end of September. The great thing about The Fast Diet is that I can actually continue it on a cruise ship. There are other choices for meals as well, and cruise ships have the foods available I would need if I want to continue with the diet. Once I have reached my goal weight loss of 22 pounds, it's easy to maintain the weight loss by just switching to following The Fast Diet meal plan one day per week. Maybe I should shoot for the 24 pounds so I can get down to the recommended BMI, but for now, 22 pounds is my goal.

One of the perks about The Fast Diet is that I can pick the days during the week that I want to fast. So if I plan to go out to eat on a Saturday, I will make sure I don't choose that as a fasting day. Another perk, for me at least is that the Fast Diet still allows coffee. I love having a cup of coffee in the morning, and other diets don't always allow for this. In fact, I had found another diet that I was going to start this same week until I read you have to give up coffee. Fortunately, I read about The Fast Diet just in time!

Stay tuned for more progress...!


Disclaimer:

I would like to note a disclaimer here...The Fast Diet is not for everyone. It is not recommended for teenagers, pregnant or nursing women, and others with health issues. This article is only my experience with this diet, and I recommend everyone considering this diet check with their doctor before beginning to make sure it is safe for you.


Updates:

7/23/13

Well, I was disappointed that I didn't lose any weight, and in fact gained .2 lbs. But when I looked in the mirror this morning, I thought my stomach looked flatter, and it sure did...1 whole inch flatter! So even though I didn't actually lose weight, I guess I am toning up! And that's good news.

7/30/13

Okay, I am quite discouraged now. I have only lost a total of 2.2 pounds on the Fast Diet. I know for sure that the "Fast Diet" doesn't mean losing weight "fast, " but I don't do well on diets where I don't see some good weight loss quickly. In the diet's defense, I should mention that my birthday was last Saturday ( 7/27) and I did go out to eat a lot with friends and family members who wanted to help me celebrate my birthday! So that really wasn't like having regular meals at home. I am going to give this one more week and see the results and then make a decision about continuing. I also just got a pedometer for my birthday, and I really enjoy challenging myself with a pedometer to walk more, so I may see some results based on that as well. I will keep you all updated. Till next week...

8/6/13

Well, unfortunately, I have lost a bit less than 2 lbs. On this diet in one month. 1.8 pounds to be exact and although I did lose 1.5 inches on my waistline, I am giving up on this diet. It isn't working for me. I recently received a pedometer for my birthday, and I am enjoying that much more than dieting. In one week I already can feel myself toning up. My plan is to stop this diet, which contrary to what the good doctor that developed it said did make me miserable and hungry on the fasting days. I guess everyone responds differently to diets. My body's way of responding to diets is to let me know it's not happy about it and to make sure I feel very deprived! Walking will now be my choice for weight loss and watching what I eat during one meal each day. I am sorry to those of you who I disappointed by quitting the diet ( or some of you may be saying "wimping out" but life's too short to make myself deprived and miserable!)


If you have tried this diet and it has worked for you, please leave a comment below!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      You are right, dieting is hard. In fact, last week, I switched from the diet to pedometer walking. It's much better for me and I am just trying to eat lower fat to be healthier. And since I only lost 2 pounds in 4 weeks, I determined that the Fast Diet wasn't working for me.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Good luck. Dieting is hard no matter how you do it.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Yay! That's great news that you have almost reached your goal. Can't wait to see your next update.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It looks like I have lost over 6 pounds since I started my diet. Maybe 3 pounds in 1 1/2 weeks. I will know for sure when I weigh myself in the morning. I believe I am closing in on 140 pounds. Since my goal is 137, my journey is nearly over! And once I have accomplished it, I will maintain a healthy diet, and work to tone my muscles some more.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks...same to you. How are yo doing? How many pounds have you lost all together so far?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Yes, I used to have a pedometer, and I loved it! It's cool seeing how many steps I walk. I'm glad you got one!

      That's understandable. If a specific diet doesn't really work for you, it isn't really worth hanging on for too long. There are other ways to accomplish the goal, and I am sure you will find it sometime.

      Whatever you do, good luck, and may you be healthy and happy :)

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Honestly, I'm not sure can hang in there that long. I need to see a loss this week for sure because otherwise it's just not worth it to me. I am enjoying my new pedometer though. It's very motivational in terms of getting me moving! Have you ever tried one?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is discouraging, but I'm glad you're not giving up. My weight loss was slow at first, but now it is speeding up. Maybe that will happen with you!

      Have a great weekend, Karen.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well, this is going very slowly. So far I have lost a total of 2.2 pounds and one inch around my waist in 3 weeks. I typically don't do well with diets that don't show weight loss fairly quickly. I'm discouraged but not giving up yet.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I'm just visiting your hub to wish you a wonderful weekend, and good luck on your next fast day. I think Wednesday will be my first fast day next week, and possibly Friday again. How about you?

      Take care.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Yes, it is helpful to plan ahead. I am glad we will be fasting together on Friday...strength in numbers as they say!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      At least it is a small amount of weight you have gained. And the inch off of the stomach is what really counts! Measurements are a better indicator than actual pounds lost. Congrats!

      It's awesome that people are complimenting you! That is a great motivator, and it makes you feel good :)

      I have a good feeling about this next week, so good luck!

      My first fast day of the week was today, and it went very well! I felt lethargic for part of the day, but that was mostly because it was humid outside, and at work, and I didn't get enough sleep last night. But I took a nap when I got home, and stuck to a low calorie day :) Planning my days' snacks ahead of time did the trick. And when supper time came, it felt so good to eat :)

      Good luck with your fast day, Karen.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well, my update today after my second week on this diet is disappointing and encouraging at the same time. I gained .2 lbs. but lost an inch around my stomach, and it is noticeable, so that's good. People have been telling me I look great. Can they tell already? These are people that don't even know I am dieting so I am glad for that. Okay, here I go onto week # 3.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Okay, that sounds good. Friday it is!!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, there's still hope. It may be that you are close to one pound less, and the last day before then, you lose just enough ounces to make the scale go down just a bit. You never know! And since you are having a light meal tonight, it very well might nudge the scale down just a bit!

      I think I will make my second day Friday, so we can possibly do it on the same day once!

      Good luck, and have a pleasant walk :)

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Mine will be Wednesday and Friday of this week. I am weighing in tomorrow but don't have high hopes as when I got on the scale this a.m. it didn't look promising. Maybe it doesn't actually work till the magic 7th day when I step on the scale? I am going for a long walk tonight after it cools down, and only having my meal of fruits/veggies tonight and I hope that helps.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, what are your fast days this week? Normally my first one would be today (Monday), but my boyfriend has the day off, which makes it hard. It's ideal for me to do both during the week, so I am thinking Tuesday and either Thursday or Friday.

      Have a good one, and good luck tomorrow!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Can't wait to see your results...hope you lost. Hope I lost too!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Yes, I have tried having one meal of veggies before, and it certainly helps to reduce the calories while still eating well. That's a very good idea! Fortunately, I love veggies and salads, so it isn't a chore for me to do that.

      This week hasn't been too bad, after all. It wasn't ideal to only have 1/2 day of the fast at the end of the week, but I ended up having one 1,000 calorie day, and one 1,300 calorie day (in addition to the one fast day I had on Monday), so that's not a bad compromise. But I am determined to do it "right" next week.

      I'm excited about weighing in tomorrow, although my scale is being very inconsistent, which makes me wonder how accurate it is.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Okay, I can't wait to see it. Once again I am a bit nervous about my results this week. I am always afraid I eat too much during the week that aren't the fasting days, so I won't lose weight. After another 2 days of fasting this week, so far I am still where I was last week as far as weight. But I am jumping the gun because I don't weigh in for 3 more days. I have noticed that if I make sure one of my meals each day is only vegetables/fruits, I don't gain weight. Each day for either lunch or dinner ( usually lunch if I can arrange it) I either have a huge bowl full of steamed veggies with I Can't Believe it's not Butter on it, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, or a really large salad. It helps me keep from gaining and I think it will really help level me out on this diet. Have you ever tried that?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, I'm glad you haven't given in to the temptation to do 1/2 fast day. It would be much more satisfying to make it the whole day. Last week I did good, it has just been this week that has been hard.

      Today is the end of the week for me, but I will wait until tomorrow morning to do my update. I look forward to seeing your update on Tuesday.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Yes, I do understand what you mean by 1/2 a fast day. I have actually been temped to do that but hung in there for my 2 days. I find that the morning after my fast day, I always wake up with a smile, knowing I can eat normally and I look forward to it! I am looking forward to your next update. Mine will be Tuesdays as that's the day I started.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I find that if I am busy, it is easier to go without eating for a while, too! I'm glad this past fast day went so well for you.

      Unfortunately, I only had 1/2 of a fast day, if that makes sense. It was a low calorie day, but not as low as 500. But I ate healthy, at least! I hope to do better on my fast days next week- maybe by keeping busy!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Yesterday was my first day of the diet for this week. And I have found the trick that works. It really is true that if I keep busy on the fasting day, I hardly think about food at all. Yesterday I ate a peach and some cottage cheese around 10:00 a.m. and had nothing to eat the rest of the day, although I did drink a bottle of water. I was busy doing things with my young adult children. By the time I got home at 6:45 p.m. I was very hungry. So made myself the meal I can have on the diet and was quite satisfied. At about 10:30p.m. I started to get a bit hungry so made myself some tangerine tea and went to bed. I must say that I am always happy to wake up and get out of bed on a non-fasting day because I know it means I can eat whatever I want. This schedule of keeping busy should make for much easier fasting days.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Whoo hoo! I am very excited about my diet progress. I have lost 2 pounds in the first week, and 1/2 inch around my waist. Now, some of this may be water weight, but seeing a difference on the scale really helps encourage me to stick with this diet. I can tell my pants are feeling a bit more loose too. This update and progress make the hunger pangs during my 2 fasting days worth it. And it wasn't all that terrible. I just like the feeling of being able to eat what I want when I want. Tomorrow is my first fast day this week and I am ready for it with renewed vigor!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Joe! Me too. I am on the second fasting day today and at about 4:00 p.m. I was ready to eat my foot! Sooo glad when dinner time rolled around. I hope this works because I am HUNGRY! But then again, I haven't done the fasting day when I am out and about and I do know that keeping busy should help.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Best wishes, Karen! Glad you can still drink coffee on the fast days! Talk about cranky...: )

      Will be eager to watch your progress!

      Joe

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Yes, he is very supportive! And he is not into overly sugary or buttery foods, anyway, so it is easy to stay on track with him around!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Yes, it does help to have his support. Is Andy supportive of you?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I'm so glad your husband is being so supportive of you. Encouragement is very helpful!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Glad you enjoyed the cookout and could eat normal food. My Fast Day today is going alright. I have to stop thinking about food though. I think it may be easier for me to do the fast days on weekdays rather than weekends. My husband keeps telling me he's proud of me, so that helps me stay focused. Carrying this much weight around is really so bad for me. I do know that so I am happy I am finally determined to do something about it. Enjoy your regular food day today!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, I hope your picnic and fireworks is going well. I just had a fabulous time with my parents and brothers, and got to see my ridiculously adorable little nieces, too. The cookout lasted for a good 4 hours, and I enjoyed lots of good food and conversation.

      Good luck with tour fast tomorrow! I think my first fast will be on Monday.

      Have a good weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faith Reaper,

      Yes, I thought that's what was going to entail as well, but it's really not a true "fast". It's just eating a lot less calories on those 2 particular days. I did try the spiritual fast when I was younger. It was hard on me. Thanks for the good wishes on reaching my goal. I really need to do something for the sake of my health but haven't found anything that works yet.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I do hope this Fast Diet truly helps you meet your goal. I have never heard of such, but I have certainly heard of fasting in terms of one's spirituality.

      Thanks for this informative and interesting hub here.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well, after all my changing my diet day around for our dinner, we ended up not going anyway!!! Arggghhh! Of course I hadn't known that earlier in the day so couldn't rearrange my day in terms of food. Oh well...good for you. You have day # 2 under your belt. Mine will be on Sunday. I did go for a nice 30 minute aerobic walk with my dog today so that counts for something. Have fun at the picnic now that you can go!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Even though we're having a takeout meal delivered (Chinese food), I had a low calorie day before then! So it has been the best of both worlds. It has actually been much better. I bought a Greek yogurt for the middle of the day, and some fruit. So it has been small amounts of veggies, fruit and the yogurt for the first 15 hours of the day. Oh, I have also had coffee and tea :)

      I hope your romantic dinner is going very well. Have a great night!

      By the way, Andy said he thinks he knows what's wrong with the car, and will probably be able to fix it. But if not, we are renting a car. So the cookout will work out tomorrow! Oh, enjoy your cookout, too.

      ~Kathryn

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      yeah breakfast here too but not that much to talk about lol

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      James-wolve,

      Ahhh, for us it was always dinner as the main meal. But we still had lunch and breakfast too!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      That s the way how we were brought up lol the main meal is lunch hehe

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks. I hope you get to go on your picnic. Maybe someone else can pick you guys up and drive you? Let's keep in touch on our days. It's better doing it together.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Oh well, it happens! The romantic dinner definitely sounds like it would be bad to pass up. Actually, tomorrow may turn out to be a bad day for me to fast. It will be 4 years from the first date Andy and I went on, and originally Andy said we could eat out for the occasion. Haha, I may end up having to delay the fast, or else just make part of the day low calorie. I'll see how it goes.

      I might be going on a picnic Saturday, as well :) At least I hope. My family and siblings are getting together at a picnic ground in Erving, Ma. The only hurdle we have is Andy's car. It is misbehaving :(

      Have a great day, and have fun on your romantic dinner!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Bad news for tomorrow...my husband has offered to take me out for a romantic dinner tomorrow night and it's the only part of the weekend we have free to do this. I don't want to pass this up, so I am going to eat normally tomorrow and do the fast day on Sunday ( Saturday is a picnic and fireworks with my parents. Now you have me worried about doing in on a weekend...LOL! Oh well. In the future I will try to stick to weekdays. Good luck tomorrow.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Now that I think of it, maybe it was harder than I recall. Haha. But I think it gets easier when you're used to it.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      It's great that you're buying the food you need weekly. That way you won't set yourself up for failure!

      Yes, the internet is a wonderful tool for finding out what we need, including finding what to eat on certain amounts of calories. But I get tempted to buy diet books sometimes, anyway.

      I'm glad you asked what my second fast day is going to be this week, because I definitely need to have that planned out! I am going to do it on Friday, too. The weekend is terrible for trying something like that, and Friday is ideal. So we will both be dealing with it tomorrow!

      I will make sure I get some good food for tomorrow, so I will be prepared. Good luck!

      And yes, it's great to have a regular day today.

      I cheated, and weighed myself today (a few days early), and I have lost 1 pound since Saturday! Yay!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      James-wolve,

      You don't eat dinner? How do you go so long ( overnight after no dinner) without food? I would be ravenous by morning!!! That's great that your weight is fixed. I need to get down to my optimum weight, then I will try for a fixed weight. Good for you on riding your bike every day. That's so healthy for you.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting and useful.

      for long time my weight is fixed whatever I eat lol the secret is I dont eat dinner and ride bicycle everyday to work!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Seems last time it was either easier, or it could have been hard but you don't remember?!!! Remember, this too shall pass, and we will be thinner...I hope!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      europewalker,

      I hope it goes well for me so it can inspire you to do the same!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      LOL...if you were in my house when I was cranky, you wouldn't be laughing! The first day of the Fast Diet went okay for me, but not so well for Kathryn. Oh well, the good news is that she can eat regular meals tomorrow!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      I went to the store in advance and bought what I needed for the first week. I am going to do that each week of the diet. I am thinking about buying the book, but I am pretty sure I can figure out what 500 calories is by just Googling calories of certain food items. I may check out the book on Amazon or Half.com

      Sorry today was hard...the good news is that tomorrow you can go back to eating normally. Yay! What day will be your second day this week? Mine will be Friday.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Today was hard! I don't remember it being that hard. I had a low calorie day, but it was around 800 calories. I think it would be easier to stick to the "fast" day when I have more food in the house. Next low-calorie day I hope to have more groceries, and also plan the food ahead of time. Trying to find something to eat when you're hungry and good food is scarce is hard!

      I hope you are doing well. Have a great night!

      ~Kathryn

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Best to you on your diet.

      I had to chuckle when you said on others you got cranky. Co-workers of mine are always on a diet and they do get cranky at times. So you are not alone in that aspect.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      I have tried many diets but not this one. I wish you luck and will keep up with your hub to see how you are going. I may try this one myself, thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I believe I kept it up for about 3 weeks. It's not very long, but I don't usually have much weight to lose, and my life was very eventful at the time. I lost weight pretty effortlessly, though.

      I figured you probably mixed the # up with weight. I have done that. I like that you included info on the BMI. I think that is often a great indicator of healthy weight, since everyone's height, weight and body type are different.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thanks for your comment. And for the correction. I think I was thinking of pounds when I wrote it because 118 is the lower end of where I should be for my height, so I appreciate you letting me know. Can I ask what is "short term" when you said you did it before, and did you actually lose weight on this diet?

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Yes I do understand the importance of losing weight, but have yet to conquer this challenge. I would rather write 30 hubs in 30 days than lose weight!!! But I need to do it and I feel charged about this diet, which I hope will just become a way of life for me. I have noticed that since I have been writing more, I eat less because I am so busy concentrating on writing. That's a good thing! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, I hope this goes well for you. It's obvious that you understand the importance of losing weight, and you sound determined, so best of luck to you my friend.

      bill

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I wish you luck, Karen!

      I have done this diet short-term before, and compared to many others it is pretty easy to stick to. It is easier to cut down on eating for two days (and it's awesome that you get to choose the dates) than to go on a strict diet for 7 days.

      I will be keeping track of your progress, and rooting for you!

      I noticed one little mistake in the BMI section (underweight #). You added an extra 1, just so you know.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn