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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Reprint edition (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534904
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James B Johnson, M.D., an instructor in plastic surgery in the U.S., retired after more than twenty years in private practice to pursue his long-time interest in alternate-day calorie restriction. After witnessing many of his patients struggle with their weight, he became committed to finding a way for them to achieve a healthy body weight and improve their health without the stress and difficulty of complying with traditional diets. He has since become one of the foremost innovators in this field, having published various scientific articles and also conducting the first study to show how alternate-day calorie restriction can treat disease. His book, The Alternate-Day Diet, is revolutionizing the way that people approach dieting, and offers insights into how alternate-day calorie restriction can prevent disease, increase energy, and slow the ageing process. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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192 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Broadsword on 22 May 2011
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Although the book makes a lot of the science, it is useful advice. In some ways you can cut to the chase quickly as the diet is really simple. It is not widely known as, except for selling the book, there is no money to be made commercially. I have been on it for about 7 weeks and have lost about 20lbs. It has been easy too. You do not need to calorie count as such and can eat what you want, as normal, every other day. I ignored the advice to take to slimfast type shakes on the "down" days as the boredom, for me, would set in fast. I have a piece of fruit, a no fat 70 calorie yoghurt for breakfast, a piece of fruit for lunch and a small salad for dinner (lettuce, tomato, oily fish). Is it boring? Yes, it would be like all diets except that you are sustained by tomorrow it is back to normal eating. To suit what I was doing one week, I tried a "down day" two days running. it was fine, no great hunger panes. It is a diet you can switch on and off with ease without feeling you need to abandon it or losing the willpower. The book makes a lot of the science of switching on the starvation gene but while I cannot counter this, at its simplest it is about eating less and if you stick to it, 2 or 3 low calorie days in a week over the week say 25-35% calories overall less for the week. Its joy is it is doable for the long term. You look forward to tomorrow (the normal eating day) and the food then tastes great. It can be a little hard getting through the day, especially if other family members are eating tempting things, but you console yourself with "it is only for today" .On the normal day I do not have the urge to overeat but if I fancy a bowl of ice cream I have it (but not for the sake of it).

I recommend the book which gives you the belief in the science, even though it is so easy to grasp, but do recommend trying the diet
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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Ria B on 16 Feb. 2010
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This book and the diet are absolutely fantastic! I have been on this diet for about 6 weeks and I have already lost 1 stone in weight. I have about another stone to go. It is so easy to keep on this diet. Ok, the first few down days might be a little bit tough, but it keeps you going knowing that it's just one day and the next day you don't have to worry too much! I am so glad I found this book, it has changed my life. After being on it for 6 weeks I really do feel that this is something I can continue with forever, and believe me, I think I've tried all the diets out there and failed miserably with them all. Give this one a go - it's brilliant!!!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Aug. 2010
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I've been on this diet now for 3 weeks (due to weigh again tomorrow) but I lost 5lbs in the first 2 weeks and I'm confident I've lost more, and virtually effortlessly! The book is very thorough if a little long winded on the science behind it, but I highly recommend it. Great service too, delivered quickly.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ros H on 23 Aug. 2012
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I know they talk about being 'blinded by science' but actually this is necessary in this book. There is a lot of Science but the Author has a way of imparting it without being patronising & enabling the layman to understand easily. I'm quite glad to know that there is a bit more to this diet than just cutting your calories down by stealth! I have not been doing the diet long but after reading the reviews the overwhelming comment was that you know you are never further than 24hrs away from food!! (yess!) I am eating healthy food on my up days because I want to look after my health & can honestly say that knowing I can eat what I like actually takes my appetite away! (work that out!) it gives me a freedom no other diet has. The down days, so far have been absolutely fine. I have calorie counted shakes/bars and just accept it's a down day & get on with it knowing that tomorrow I can enjoy what I want again! I just wish I'd known about this diet before because it will fit in fine with my style of life. I will never again have to refuse going out for a meal or have a slice of cake if I wish. I just have to plan ahead a little! Brilliant!
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Lena on 7 Sept. 2010
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Started ADD three weeks ago, want to lose 15kg, I am not a person of exercise and my life style is sedentary ( desk job, evening TV, walk in a park is a maximum ).
First few "down days" felt a bit shaky, in the second week of diet had weird headaches however that passed and I started feeling surprisingly more alert and energetic during fasting days. As I am not a great fan of replacement drinks, on my "down days" right from the start was eating ordinary food worth up to 500 calories, some days have less than 300, depending on how I feel. Followed my instincts and ate the food I craved obviously in minuscule quantities.
Interestingly my food preferences changed and on an "up day" I have hunger for mainly proteins and veggies; seem to be eating much less of pasta, bread and rice. I eat with no restrictions or second thoughts on my "up days" yet noticing that my ordinary caloric consumption on those days is considerably less than it would be prior dieting. Feel no side effects and my periodic migraines vanished, touch wood, so I must be doing something right. Found that the diet much easier to follow than Atkins or general calorie restriction. Diet essentially feels manageable and I am reasonably sure that would be able to keep up for prolong periods, may be even years.
One down side - alcohol consumption on "up days" may make you feel flimsy on the following "down day", no matter how small that glass of wine was. So if you are planning to go out with friends on your "up day" try to do it as early in the day as possible, have a good meal and lots of water during or afterwards. Following day have maximum allowed calories in the morning and just "man" it for the rest of the day with lots of mineral water.
Three weeks ago my weight was 72kg, today 67.5kg, my old clothes are becoming slack.
Recommend to try even if only for experience of long lost feeling of real hunger and food appreciation.
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