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The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer Paperback – Jan 10 2013


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (Jan. 10 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721675
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The biggest diet revolution since the Atkins --Daily Mail The only diet you'll ever need --Mail on Sunday The diet that works --Radio Times The year's most talked about weight-loss trend --Daily Express Intermittent fasting is ideal for those of us who can just about manage to be good, but lack the long-distance rigour of saints --Allison Pearson The scientific evidence that Intermittent Fasting can have numerous health benefits is strong --Professor Mark Mattson, National Institute on Ageing A modern phenomenon...it sometimes seems as if every other person you meet is following the fast diet --The Guardian

About the Author

Dr Michael Mosley is a British journalist, scientist, producer and TV presenter. His Horizon Programme, Eat, Fast, Live Longer, had a phenomenal global response when it was broadcast on BBC Two in August. Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for titles including the Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Observer Food Monthly. She is the author of 101 Things To Do Before You Diet (Transworld 2010).

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By daisy on April 6 2013
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easy ,quick read. a very doable way to eat -mondays and thursdays are my chosen fast days.i am a strict vegan and this is a perfect fit just to practice the discipline of semi fasting . i select fruit for breakfast and then salad and steamed vegetables and beans/legumes for my dinner.the book is well laid out with several fast day meal ideas-not specifically vegan options but easy enough to do with legumes /beans for protein choices. i would highly recommend the fast diet book!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12 2013
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If you've seen the Horizon documentary, this adds a little more detail - but not a lot.

It's reasonably well written. It clarifies the 5:2 diet which was only briefly mentioned in the documentary. It consists of five normal days a week, and 2 non-consecutive days eating a calorie restricted diet of 500 cal (women) or 600 cal (men). There's a summary of the science behind the diet, and some useful suggestions for people following the diet. (There's also some suggested recipes for the fasting days - which weren't to my taste).

As I'd already been following alternate day fasting for four months when I got this book, it was a little disappointing: I'd already established that intermittent fasting diets work well for me, and was looking for more hard science. In this respect it didn't add enough new content to the documentary. However, I don't regret having bought the book - if only so that I can lend it to people who didn't see the documentary.

For a more detailed description of the medicine behind fat check out the Gary Taubes book "Why We Get Fat" - or watch his Walnut Creek library lecture on YouTube.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maryanne Schulz on May 22 2013
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I have lost 10 lbs in one month with Mosley's two day fast. I actually look forward to the two days because I feel better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan Scruton on May 7 2013
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We found the FastDiet to be easier than we thought and very effective in losing weight. We would recommend it to anyone who does not want to do an extreme diet for a long period of time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Cox on Aug. 27 2013
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An easy to follow diet that is extremely effective. Since we started the diet in mid April (17 weeks ago) my wife has lost 13 lbs and I have lost 23 lbs and reduced my trouser waist size from 42 inch to 38 inch. WOW!. The authors include easy to follow daily menus and some basic recipies but I would recommend buying the accompanying cookbook. Our health statistics have also improved. The important aspect of this diet is that you do not feel deprived on you fast days because you know that tomorrow you can eat pizza and ice cream and still lose weight and inches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Bradley on April 23 2013
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If you didn't get to see the Horizon tv program, this book gives you all the necessary info. This diet really works well for me. I love it that it is about better health as well as losing weight. My only complaint would be that it took so long to get here to Canada.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17 2013
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I have been following this diet for a couple of weeks with great results. Extra pounds have been slowly accumulating over the past few years and it has been impossible to shed them. The 500 calories days are easy but if you don't like vegetables it might be hard to stay in the restricted calories without feeling deprived. The fact that it is only 2 days a week will help. I love it but it might not be for everyone.
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10 days - 10 lbs down so far. This is an eating plan opposed to a diet. Diets are short term actions for a short term goal. This plan simply reduces your intake on 2 non-consecutive days to less than 500/600 calories (women/men) and offering tidbits on filling up on those 500 calories with delicious recipes and different thinking. Online (Pinterest especially) there are thousands of Fast day meal plans using this plan, that use day to day available items in your fridge. I liked the fact that this is a plan that reduces glucose (your body's energy source) over a fasting periods of close to 32+ hours (8pm Mon-Tues Fast day-Wed 8am) so with sugars gone, insulin production is reset and fat burning can take place. Recommend watching Dr.Michael Mosley's "Eat, Fast, Live Longer" documentary on the BBC. He discusses the pros/cons and why his plan offers as much as common alternate day fasting which is tougher to do. The real beauty is that fasting on a Mon (for example) allows for regular (but healthier) eating until the next fast day. It's flexible and based on a 2 day fast during a week. Weigh ins should occur once a week to best measure weight loss.
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