I initially came across fast 5 about a year ago while I was at Uni, my girlfriend at the time had not-so-kindly pointed out I had developed quite the gut, harsh but unfortunately very true - I'd been denying it for months but the gorging on junk food and complete lack of portion control was taking its heavy toll. I'm around 5'9 and I was weighing in at about 85 kg, and it most certainly wasn't mainly muscle.
I've always had a problem with getting into shape, I'm in my 20s and have never been overweight and not very good at sports - hence motivation to lose it through exercise is minimal. I'm also a huge foodie, I love cooking and experimenting with food, so I didn't want to cut out whole food groups etc. I also know I have quite a voracious appetite in general, so I knew that any kind of portion restriction wouldn't work. When I came across Fast 5 I couldn't believe my luck, it genuinely seemed far too good to be true! my friends didn't understand it, they thought it was dangerous and unhealthy and thought it made no sense. Luckily, I'm kinda stubborn, and decided to try it out.
It was a real struggle at the start, as I said I was at university, people eating all sorts of rubbish around me at all hours, temptation everywhere! But I felt like this was my only lifeline so I stuck with it, and binged out for the first couple weeks in my eating window. God am I glad I did! In about 4 months I lost near 15 kg, coming in at just below 70 kg - everyone had noticed how much better I looked! Not only that but I LOVED my lifestyle! I thought it'd be hard giving up the food but I suddenly realised how Fast 5 is PERFECT for food lovers! It really makes eating something special, something you look forward to all day - this means you put a lot of thought into what you're going to eat, you don't end up eating something rubbish and boring because you want to reward yourself for fasting all day! I was so full of energy, spending a hell of a lot less on food but still enjoying my dinner hugely! There were literally no negative effects for me, I became a convert since then and have waxed lyrical about it to everyone! It really is a lifestyle and not a diet, and it's SO much better now having a dozy afternoon after committing carbicide at lunch! Also I loved the flexibility - it didn't throw me off if I had a day I ate early or late, in fact I even treated myself to breakfast every now and then!
Unfortunately, end of University exams finished (it was easy to stay disciplined during exam time because I had strict timetables) and end of University partying began. My complete lack of routine and me reaching my desired weight meant I took my eye off the ball and slipped back into normal habits. I was trying to eat healthy but not too concerned. Then I started working full time and it just didn't seem feasible!
However, since I moved on from my last job and am still searching for the perfect role, I decided I could do with a self esteem boost and have as of this week started up on Fast 5 again. I've not gone back to my old weight not have I been totally gorging out until now but I've decided that I have to commit again if I want to go beyond my initial desired weight (which was more about losing the majority of the gut) and get a really GOOD body! Plus I reckon if I get myself through the adjustment period while I'm not working and get properly stuck in now, it'll be easier to keep it up once I start working full time again!
I'm around 72 kg at the moment, I'm not looking exactly at my weight because this time I know it works and I'm more concerned about how I LOOK. I'm about 3 days in, it's been tougher to get back to it than I thought it'd be, I've been drinking a LOT of diet coke, and my windows have been closer to 6 hours than 5 - but I haven't been binging as hard as I did the last time and I'm excited about getting that Fast 5 feeling back!
Hopefully this time I'll get it done properly and really stick with it!
Thank you SO SO much to Bert Herring for bringing this into my life, and for making it available free for everyone! You're seriously awesome dude!
Sorry everyone for the massively long post, if I get any replies or anything I'll assume you guys are interested and I'll keep you posted with results!