The goal: lose seven pounds.

‘I Tried The 5:2 Fasting Plan To Lose Weight—Here’s What Happened’

Over the past two or so years, lazy habits and stress led me to pack on about 17 extra pounds. By last spring, I managed to drop 10 or so of them on my own by loading up on fiber-rich foods like beans and healthy fats like nuts and avocado and upping my strength-training workouts. But the last seven pounds have stubbornly hung on, so when I was offered the chance to try a fasting diet, I thought maybe it would finally help me shed them.

I was no stranger to sporadic fasting, so a few weeks of it sounded like a doable way to slim down. This particular plan was called the 5:2 plan because it’s based on the idea that you eat normally for five days each week, and limit your total daily calories to between 500 and 600 calories for two nonconsecutive days (your choice of when those days fall).

On non-fasting days, there was no set caloric limit but I stuck between 1,200 to 1,500 just to be safe. I used sample meal plans from a nutritionist as guidance, but it wasn’t much different from how I normally ate: breakfast between 8:30 and 10, a snack I can have midmorning or save for after dinner, lunch between 1 and 3, dinner between 6 and 8. On fasting days, I ate the same way, just less, staying within the 600 calorie max.

Here’s what happened:

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