Lately, I’d been concentrating on getting back on my game – mentally more than anything. I felt very thrown off after my last Five Bite Diet effort. Over the course of two months (on and off), I lost 24 lbs combining Five Bites with Fast-5 . However, I gained back half of what I lost within a few weeks. Following that rebound, it was as if my appetite got uncorrected and I was overeating during my window. When I say overeating, my intake was still not at the level that it was during my pre-fasting days. Still, I was overeating enough not to be losing weight and in fact gradually gaining.
In an effort to switch things up, I played with two small meals in an extended window but actually gained more. Coupled with the holidays, I was headed in the wrong direction for weeks. Not a great feeling.
Just like anything else in life, when things don’t work out, it’s best to go back to what you know does work. I’m now back to good ‘ol Fast-5 alone with no restrictions and I’m losing again. I’ve lost 6 pounds this week. I’m still up a bit (170 lbs, 67 lbs lost) from my lowest in early December after Five Bites (164 lbs, 73 lbs lost), but I’m definitely on my way again. I’m also feeling much better all the way around in terms of appetite, energy, mood, etc.
I’m not knocking Five-Bites. I know at least a few people who have had a very positive experience without any of the issues I’ve mentioned. But in my “study of one,” despite the weight loss, it doesn’t seem the best choice. To summarize, here’s why I prefer Fast-5.
1. The Five Bite Diet had me hungry and irritable. I don’t experience “hanger” with Fast-5.
2. I lost weight fast on the Five Bite Diet – about 2-5 lbs per week, but there was a rebound effect following my weight loss, and I gained some (although not all) of the weight back just as quickly. With Fast-5, even when I overate at times (which was rare) I mostly maintained, rather than gained and there was never a gain of more than a few pounds.
3. On the Five Bite Diet I didn’t have much energy. With Fast-5 I have much more energy throughout my fast, even during exercise.
4. Lastly, the Five Bite Diet is a diet therefore there are some restriction, the most obvious being the very low caloric intake (no more than 500 calories). There is no limit on what and how much you eat with Fast-5 and your appetite corrects itself automatically in a very short time.
5. There are a few rules to the Five Bite Diet. There is only one rule to Fast-5 – eat all your calories within five hours.
Again, this was my experience and yours might differ. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from exploring the Five Bite Diet because, in the end, it did enable me to break a four and a half month plateau and I also kept some of the weight off. Just keep in mind that every method has it’s pluses and minuses. Also, like anything else, underlying factors – age, hormones, etc. – can make a difference in your results.