The Fast Diet

The Fast Diet

Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer With the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

Book - 2013
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"Is it possible to eat anything you want, five days a week, and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week to 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You'll lose weight quickly and effortlessly, and the joy of the FastDiet is that the side effects are all welcome. The science is easy. Intermittent fasting takes your body out of go-go mode and puts it into survival mode, causing the body to slow production of new cells and repair old ones instead. As a result, you not only lose weight but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes and arthritis to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. On top of that, you slow the aging process and boost your brain power. This book brings together the results of new, groundbreaking research to create a dietary program that can be incorporated into your busy daily life, featuring: Forty 500- and 600-calorie meals that are quick and easy to make 8 pages of photos that show you what a typical "fasting meal" looks like the cutting-edge science behind the program. A calorie counter that makes dieting easy, and much more. Far from being just another fad, the FastDiet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that doctors are actually recommending for general health. This is your indispensable guide to effective weight loss without sacrificing the foods you love and a scientifically proven way to have your cake and eat it, too"-- Provided by publisher.
"This new diet allows users to eat whatever they like five days a week and then fast (consuming 500-600 calories/day) for two nonconsecutive days--and lose weight quickly and easily"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476734941
Branch Call Number: 613.25 M912f 2013
Characteristics: 212 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Spencer, Mimi 1967-


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Sep 16, 2017

This is the best and easiest plan I have ever used. I used to work for WW, and had been a Weight loss counselor as well. I got dentures 7 months ago and found this to help me start eating again. It was so easy. I could only eat soft food the first 2 mos, and with this plan I was able to stick to it. A new way of eating for the rest of my life, really never felt deprived, like I was on a diet..and no more cravings for carbs or sweets. It is really a dream come true. I spend a lot less on food now, as Amazon bought Whole Foods. Organic isn't expensive anymore..I recommend this to anyone who has had problems losing weight. I lost 25 lbs. and have been able to keep it off without a ton of exercise. This plan is the only plan that worked with minimal to no exercise. It's a miracle. And I can eat avocados and Peanut Butter (with no salt made by Vitamin Cottage ) 5 days a week. Awesome!, I gave it 5 stars! ( doesn't reflect that, ouch!) Watch the video re: Brain health and Fasting w/ Michael Mosley above.Cheers!

Mar 05, 2017

Whether you decide to actually fast or not this book is totally worth checking out just to read the first chapter or so where the author talks about our attitudes towards eating. It made me realize that we do not always need 3 meals a day and to eat when hungry, not because it is mealtime.

Aug 27, 2015

I watched the PBS special and decided to read the book. It covers all the studies shown in the special. The book is good as a guide for how to do the fast, not very good on recipes. There were personal tips on how to push past "hunger." I put it in quotes because many people tend to eat because they think they're hungry when really they are eating for another reason (bored, etc).

May 16, 2014

I have been doing this for exactly one month. I watched the PBS special, read the book and today am down 10 lbs!
I am elated! I don't believe in diets per say, but this is not only about losing the unhealthy fat but is designed to improve health on many levels. I'm not gonna say its easy on the fast days - but worth it and do-able when I consider the health benefits and the joy of the scale readings going down.

Oct 29, 2013

Since viewing Michael Mosley's PBS special 6 months ago about the 5-and-2 eating plan, my husband and I have been able to stick with it and achieve small improvements in weight and blood levels, which is very positive. However, I was disappointed by this book. I was hoping for some scientific support but got only loosely-related animal studies and anecdotal human results with many recipes based on too many calories to be useful for our 3-meal approach.The book is on par with an article in a monthly women's magazine instead of an article in a scientific journal - interesting but not factually convincing.

Sep 03, 2013

I love Micheal Mosleys idea about not fasting or dieting all the times, only 2x per week is good enough, you dont have to beat yourself up. Just watch your calorie intake and eat as healthy as you can for 2 days a week! Your body will thank you and you will probably live longer too! You will def feel better!

eidoj123 Jun 11, 2013

It's a compelling idea that worked for the author, but the science is not complete. Too often, the author says "so and so is doing a study now" or "no study has been done on this yet".

Some of his "testimonials" are people who have worked the program only for a week or two. To devote more than half the book to "testimonials", menus, and calorie counters shows how week the actual research is behind it.

It may work, but the way it is presented seems like it will be another "fad" diet.


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