- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (June 24 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476790396
- ISBN-13: 978-1476790398
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #460,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fast Beach Diet: The Super-Fast Plan to Lose Weight and Get In Shape in Just Six Weeks Paperback – Jun 24 2014
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PRAISE FOR FASTEXERCISE:
“A nice narrative introduction to HIIT... excellent practical advice on how get started with ‘Fast Exercise’ and some really nice tips on how to keep going... informative, easy to understand... offers not only good health but a host of spillover benefits besides... Fast Exercise is the way of the future.” (Professor Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FACN)
“A great practical introduction into the field of high intensity exercise. The personal perspective matched with references to the both old and new scientific literature provides compelling reading.” (Carl Johan Sundberg, MD, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)
PRAISE FOR THE FASTDIET:
"A health revolution." (The New York Times)
“The biggest diet revolution since Atkins.” (Daily Mail)
“Fans of the FastDiet report becoming radically healthier by fasting two days a week.” (Good Morning America)
“The only diet you'll ever need.” (Mail on Sunday)
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Mimi Spencer is a feature writer, columnist, and the author of 101 Things to Do Before You Diet.See all Product description
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What I really loved about the first 2 books were the photos and I bought this one expecting the same. There are NO photos here at all. Not one.
If you can't figure out yourself how to rev up this diet to get the most out of it you might appreciate this book, but if you're looking for really useful extra info. or recipes - save your money.
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The book starts out by revisiting "the FastDiet" book by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. It condenses "the FastDiet" to give a core view of the program and its benefits. In a nutshell to lose weight on the plan, women eat 500 calories per day and men 600 per day two days a week. On the days off eat normally. The Fast Beach Diet then proceeds to scale the basic program for accelerated fat and weight loss.
To super charge weight loss, the book gives tips on what foods to eat, what to buy at the grocery store, how to get in the right mindset and more. You can pick and choose from this section on what you feel will be doable for your lifestyle. Though many of the tips have been shared before, I like the fresh way Mimi presents them. For example, most of us know to select as many natural foods as possible. Mimi shares this by saying, to look for food products that have as little packaging as possible. The less wrappers, boxes, cellophane etc. the fresher it probably is. I hadn't thought of it that way. So she gives new ways of looking at old tips.
This section also includes how to tweak the fasting. Here she gives an overview of alternate day fasting, 24 hour fasts etc. Many people find that with intermittent fasting they can eat what they want on non fast days and lose weight. However, others (like me) have found that combining it with calorie counting can result in even greater success. And counting calories along with fasting is one technique Mimi shares can help you accelerate your results. The key take away from this section is little things add up. Choose what works for you and make the adjustments for long term, big results. And if you are aiming for super fast results try to really tighten up everything you are doing i.e. cut alcohol etc. for at least the 6 week duration.
The latest research on exercise is covered in the book. Mimi shares a summary of Dr. Mosley's book "FastExercise: The Simple Secret of High-Intensity Training" which indicates that high intensity training (HIT) for just a few minutes can be far more effective than hours of steady state cardio. Sample plans for running, swimming and other activities are included. Just to note there are some awesome free apps that will walk you thru short HIT programs. I personally use a countdown timer app and combine it with a free interval walking program I found on the net.
The book includes a list of snacks for fast days, a shopping list and easy grab and go menus. It also includes recipes including Oat Berry Smoothie, Italian Seafood Salad and more. I felt some of the recipes were pretty simplistic i.e. there is one for scrambled eggs and another for boiled eggs. It is not a book I would buy for the recipes but what was included was nice.
The back of the book includes a step by step 6 week plan on what to eat on fast days if you are having breakfast and dinner or dinner only. This can be adjusted if you are having lunch. You can opt to follow the program menu or use your own menus. And since this is the FastBeach diet, Mimi even included tips on the type of swimwear to buy to look your best!
And of course my very favorite section is the inspirational stories at the back of the book where those who have done the FastDiet and lost share their success. I love this section, I just wish photos were included.
If you are debating between buying this book or "the FastDiet" book, I would suggest this one if you want a step by step plan and tons of tips and the original book if you are looking for the science behind it. If you already own "the FastDiet" this is a nice supplement with ideas to accelerate your progress.
On a side note - I purchased the Kindle version and the formatting is very good. The back of the book includes charts you can fill in. These are available for free download on the author's website. In addition, there are free apps available to help you with your goals. There is a free Fast Beach Diet app you can download (information on the FastBeach website) And if you want to combine it with calorie counting there a number of free online sites and apps. I personally use MyFitnessPal to track.
Overall, this is a great way to kick start the intermittent fasting plan or accelerate your efforts. My biggest tip for others would be to join Facebook groups and visit the author's Fast Diet site for tips, support and inspiration. There is nothing like seeing someone's before and after photos!
I'm glad that MIchelle Harvie's studies were mentioned; I partially follow her protocol of two CONSECUTIVE days of fasting. There are studies out there that show this method just burns more fat.
This book is a gem; filled with tips and information that applies to any form of fasting! I really look foward to Mimi's and Michael's revised Fast Diet book coming out in December 2014. I already have it on pre-order as a Christmas gift to myself. Pre-order now and you'll receive it by December 23rd!
Thanks Mimi and Michael...keep these wonderful books coming!