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Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 09:51:57

Intermittent fasting is my number 1. Not just because it helps me lose weight easily by taking in 0 calories for 16 hours a day, it also heightens a process called autophagy which is how the body heals. Its taken out the inflammation in my hips, my ibs is minimal and reflux is basically gone. I have fibro too and noticed a huge improvement.

My number 2 is reverse hair washing. I use Herbal Essences argon oil of morroco and have done for ages. Only difference is I now condition, massage thoroughly, rince and then shampoo! The conditioner pulls in your natural oils with it then you shampoo off the excess. My curls are more defined, frizz is gone, hair is shiner and never gets greasy. Amazing!

Chestnut Wed 15-Jan-20 10:02:41

How often do you fast? And do you drink? The last time I fasted (many years ago) it made me feel absolutely awful by mid afternoon and I thought 'this can't be good for me'. In fact it was probably the toxins coming out but I didn't know that at the time. I'm too cowardly to try again although have sometimes not eaten for a day or two when poorly.

annsixty Wed 15-Jan-20 10:06:10

Other posters have spoken on here about the fasting calling it the 16:8 method.
Eat within 8 hours of 24, I believe they do it all the time.
I think it was done for weight loss but the healing aspect is very interesting.

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 10:09:29

2 years I have been doing it, it's tough at first because you go through sugar withdrawel. The plus side is it makes sugar too sweet. I went from two sugars on my tea to finding it gross! I drink water and black coffee. You can still put on weight if you eat too much but as soon as you are good it comes off nicely. The health benefits are wonderful x

Chestnut Wed 15-Jan-20 10:15:09

I had a go at oil pulling which is basically using coconut oil to rinse around your teeth. It is absolutely disgusting to do, which may be why I stopped after a few weeks although I am going to give it another go. You put a lump of coconut oil in your mouth (it's solid when cold) and and it melts in the warmth and turns liquid. If you can then stop yourself gagging you start swishing it briskly through your teeth for several minutes, spit out and then clean your teeth. You can't spit down the sink because it will turn hard again so I used an old yogurt pot. I would do this while washing up to keep myself distracted!
Google search for the full benefits and instructions.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Jan-20 10:16:11

Yennifer, my husband and I have been doing intermittent fasting for years now and I have lost no weight.
My husband has lost lots.

We are both vegetarian, eat pretty much the same, loads of veg and I’ve never been a “sugar addict”. I may be healthier but I’m no lighter!

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 10:16:16

I keep hearing about coconut oil for various things, will look thanks!

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 10:19:27

Healthier is more important Notspaghetti. Some people do 18b6 which I do quite often just because at work and late lunch. Some do more. Some people have dieted so much in the past they have become insulin resistant and wrecked their metabolism. I've heard longer fasts are good for that x

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 10:21:57

Weirdly I've read that eating too little can cause a stall because your body can slow down to compensate. Have you heard of TDEE calculators? You can find one online that will work out what you should eat for your height and weight x

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 10:27:54

Oh and protene is so so important x

M0nica Wed 15-Jan-20 10:32:32

I lost weight on the 5:2 and keep on the maintenance 6:1. No particular problems. I never had a very sweet tooth and have been losing it steadily since childhood.

I keep the 6:1 going because there are suggestions that it is good for mental as well as physical health.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Jan-20 10:58:48

Like Monica, we didn’t start doing it for weight loss but I would rather I had lost weight as I’m really far too fat...

I have never done diets so that’s not why I’m still the same weight. If you read up about it, not everyone does lose weight on it.

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 11:04:40

No I've never really done diets either, I find it so much easier to restrict when I eat than what I eat and any diet lasted 5 minutes because I like my food! The weight loss fasting gets me has always been a bonus because I found it for my health problems, hense not knowing much about how to fix any issues. My friend raves though about a book called Obesity code and has lost 7 stone!

M0nica Wed 15-Jan-20 11:29:21

notspaghetti I found for the 5:2 to work I had to be circumspect about how much I ate on non-fast days. I tried to stay around 1200 calories.

I tend to feel, at the end of day that the best diet is the one that suits you best and from Day 1, I felt comfortable on the 5:2.

However there have been unexpected side advantages. I have had far more control over my eating than I had before I went on it, which is a mental control rather than just eating less control. I can now look at a table of food and be indifferent whether I eat or not, I can hold a plate beside the food and just not bother to put food on it.

To be fair I never really had a weight problem until the menopause. I think the weight gain was mainly hormonal. But 5:2 was effective post menopause when everything else (calorie counting, and, briefly, the Atkins Diet - now that diet actively made me ill) was ineffective.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Jan-20 16:20:03

I think you are certainly partly right M0nica. I’m happy to do this diet though.
I’m fairly sure, however, that on a non-fast day my husband’s appetite has shrunk - whereas I wake totally ravenous with a rumbling stomach. I’m still ok to do it though as I said, as I do believe in the other benefits.

Yennifer Wed 15-Jan-20 16:43:51

I do 16:8 everyday, 5:2 felt like torture. Different fasts work for different folks x

annsixty Fri 17-Jan-20 12:13:06

I have just done the reverse hair washing, it worked a treat, thank you.
It certainly looks better than usual.

lucywinter Fri 17-Jan-20 12:20:53

I watched Trust me I'm a Doctor yesterday evening. The chap on there said fasting did help him lose weight, but he came off his bike on one of the restricted calorie days due to weakness.

Witzend Fri 17-Jan-20 15:19:18

Very recently, after some weird flare-up on my face (now all but gone thank goodness), Simple Light Moisturiser. Can’t think why I’ve never tried it before - my skin positively drinks it in - and it costs relative peanuts, too.

Madgran77 Fri 17-Jan-20 15:49:57

What 16 hours makes up your fasting time. ?

Madgran77 Fri 17-Jan-20 16:57:17

Sorry pressed post too early...I am interested in the 16 hour fasting but not sure of best times to make it work. What hours do you fast? Thanks Yennifer

BBbevan Fri 17-Jan-20 18:23:37

I do 16:8 fasting for 5 days a week. I eat my last meal around 7 in the evening , then don’t eat again until 12 noon. Thus I an asleep a lot of the time I am fasting. This has helped me reverse my T2 diabetes and keep my weight in check

Yennifer Fri 17-Jan-20 18:46:35

BBbevan that's amazing! I do the same. I felt so silly remembering my skinny youth when I never ate breakfast. Concept sold to us by cerial and food companies. I do lunch, dinner and a snack or pudding. Never get hungry in fasting hours and eating plenty in my eating hours. Never go to bed hungry, never deprived of treats. 0 calories in my fasting time to heal my body. I feel better now than I did 15 years ago x

Yennifer Fri 17-Jan-20 18:47:30

annsixty, glad it orks well for you x

Yennifer Fri 17-Jan-20 18:49:46

Humans are designed to fast, eat when food is bountiful and fast when it isn't, now we have unlimited food, no need to store body fat. There was a man who fasted for nearly a year he had so much stored body fat, just took electrolytes and vitamins. His weight stayed off permanently too x