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Burn Fat Fast: The alternate-day low-GL diet plan [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Holford , Kate Staples
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Book Description

Burn Fat Fast is quite simply the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight. Alternate-day dieting, which involves taking in a very low amount of calories on alternate days, is all the rage - this diet takes it to a whole new level.

In this book Patrick Holford outlines how, by combining elements of alternate-day fasting with a low glycemic-load (GL) diet, you can lose fat fast, without going hungry or compromising your health. For those new to the low-GL diet it is a way to keep you blood sugar even. Why do this? Because if your blood sugar level resembles a rollercoaster ride you'll have a lot of insulin in your system - and insulin is the fat-storing hormone. In Burn Fat Fast you'll find:

* Simple, easy-to-follow guidelines on how the diet works

* An outline of what to eat and what to avoid on both phases of the diet

* Guidance on fitting the diet into your lifestyle

* A short, highly effective fat-burning exercise routine developed by former Gladiator and Olympic athlete Kate Staples

And if you need any more encouragement, consider this: as well as encouraging the storage of fat, insulin promotes disease and ageing, so by combining a low-GL diet with alternate-day fasting you will not only lose fat fast but also improve your health and longevity.

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Book Description

Alternate-day dieting is the latest weight-loss sensation. Burn Fat Fast takes that every-other-day dieting approach and improves on it, making it healthier and more effective.

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'I lost twelve pounds in four weeks and have more energy now that I have had in twenty years. I feel like a new woman. I'd definitely recommend this low-GL diet, alternate-day fast approach. It's easier than you think' Dr Eleanor D


Most people are programmed to gain weight, especially around the middle, but you can switch on your own 'skinny genes' with two simple changes to your diet, and an eight-minute exercise regime. Burn Fat Fast rolls these three weight-loss secrets - alternate-day dieting, a low-GL diet and fat-burning exercise - into one dead-easy and highly effective plan. The result is you lose fat fast eating less every other day.

What you eat is as important as how much and when you eat. This low-GL (glycemic load) diet cuts your need to make insulin, which in turns switches on genes that help you burn fat fast. Coupled with a simple eight-minute exercise regime devised by exercise expert Kate Staples, a former Gladiator and athlete, you'll lose belly fat fast and look leaner in days. And to make it even easier you can follow the exercise routine online.

Burn Fat Fast is the easiest and fastest way to lose weight, look good and gain health and longevity - without having to be a saint every day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8TBY4I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CHNC pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.

He is widely regarded as Britain's best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues, hence being frequently quoted in national newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Patrick is also popular on radio shows and national television as a presenter, interviewer and guest.

Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. While completing his bachelor degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness. He became a student of the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, director of Princeton's Brain Bio Center, and later a student of Dr Abram Hoffer, Director of the International Schizophrenia Foundation in Canada, who were leading the field in mental health and nutrition. In 1980 he started treating mental health patients with nutritional medicine.

In 1984 Patrick founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition. Today, ION is the largest training school in the UK offering a diploma course in nutritional therapy and is widely respected as a leading edge organisation by professionals and media alike. Patrick formed a relationship with the late Dr Linus Pauling, who became the Patron of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

In 1986, Patrick started researching the effects of nutrition on intelligence, collaborating with Gwillym Roberts, a headmaster and student at ION. This culminated in a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of improved nutrition on children's IQ - an experiment that was the subject of a Horizon documentary and published in the Lancet in 1988. This study was the first of its kind in the world and considerably raised awareness of the role of nutrition in intelligence.

During his years as director of ION, Patrick ran many educational campaigns that brought attention to the importance of zinc and pyrolluyria, disglycaemia, antioxidants, methylation and homocysteine, IgG food allergies, essential fats in mental health - factors still greatly underestimated in the treatment of mental illness. Patrick retired as Director of ION in 1997 to focus on writing, teaching and researching.

Patrick was awarded an honorary Diploma from ION and is also an Honorary Fellow of BANT (the British Association of Nutritional Therapists), and a Member of CHNC (The Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council). In 2003 he founded the Brain Bio Centre at ION, a treatment centre pioneering the optimum nutrition approach for mental health, to formalise the treatment of mental health with nutrition and to act as a research centre. The Brain Bio centre is owned by the Food for the Brain Foundation, a registered education charity set up by Patrick to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition. In 2007, Patrick was appointed Patron of South African Association for Nutritional Therapy, and in 2014 he was inducted onto the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.

Patrick lectures and conducts workshops throughout the world on a wide range of topics, to the public, health professionals and the medical profession. In the UK he presents around 50 workshops and lectures a year. His knowledge, personality and enthusiasm, together with his strong scientific approach, helps him to stimulate lively debates, simplifying complex issues and help the public and professionals expand their understanding of health issues. Patrick is frequently involved in government campaigns and debates concerning optimum nutrition.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing 19 July 2013
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Mostly it boils down to this. Eat less than 800 kCals 3 times a week. At all other times eat as much Low GL foods in your diet as possible. Give yourself 1 day a week off. Take a multivit and do some exercise. (I suggest

I tell ya why I'm annoyed with this book. I've bought a read a few books from Patrick Holford and they're very thorough. This book though is just a plug for his other books. I bought this one as a diet book, so in here I want to find all the information, full lists of recommended foods and the less obvious foods to avoid along with all the recipes etc There's just a couple and then remarks to go get his other recipe books. I don't know about much about vegan or vegetarian cooking so it's back to the store for me to get a good book of recipes.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basis for a diet but book was a bit rushed 6 Jun. 2013
I purchased this book over a week before release date from Patrick Holford's website. The book is very short, with only around a hundred pages to read, and quite large text size at that. If you just want to get to the point and get started with this diet then it's a good book, it certainly won't take you long to get through it. However, if you're inexperienced in adding up calories or knowing how many grams of carbohydrates or how many GL points are in various foods, you might trip up over a few errors in the book. An example is when Patrick is describing typical breakfasts that you might eat on your low calorie days (every other day), and he says to mix 50g of Lizi's low GL granola with a further 50g of oats and add some berries on top of that. This is in his list of ideas for meals that are less than 300 calories. If you made up this meal you would be eating 290 calories from the granola alone (according to the bag), so add on the oats and berries and you've gone way over. You would also notice that it is a very large portion, which would hopefully arouse suspicion in some.
I'm not saying the whole book is full of errors like this but there are slight inconsistencies throughout, probably because this book seems to have been rushed out, in the wave of trendy alternate day/5:2/one day a week fasting type diets.
I love Patrick's Optimum Nutrition Bible and everything in that seems very well researched and very thought out. I would live by that book alone if I had to choose one nutrition book in the whole world to live according to. However, this latest book is short and I feel rushed. There's no doubting the diet will work (one day 800 cals of low GL foods and the next day 'normal' eating of low GL foods, but I wish he'd spent more time giving more examples of low GL foods and a better meal plan for the non-800 calorie days.
It's good but not that good!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new to warrant here 3 Sept. 2013
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there is nothing new to warrant buying this book. they are jumping on the intermittent fasting bandwagon in what appears to be a hastily written book and not up to Patrick Holdfords normal standard. I dont agree with all the snacking that you are supposed to do as this will still impact your insulin and Leptin levels despite being low glycemic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Unless you have a base knowledge of the GL Diet don't bother. I agree with another review in that it seems rushed in an attempt to make money. The book relies on the fact that you are already familiar with his concepts (which are good, sound nutritional advice) I am a fan of his work but would not recommend this as a 'stand alone' read
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Going Over Old Ground 7 Jun. 2013
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I am not disputing Patrick Holford's credentials in his field. What I do find unacceptable is the anecdotal and small (sometimes 11-16 subjects) plus animal studies that support his premise that 'an alternate day dieting with low GL (glycaemic-sugar load) switches on genes that keep you young and healthy at the right weight whilst switching off genes that trigger ageing and disease'. His reference to 'My Diet' affecting mitochondria is unsustainable scientifically. Rats and roundworms are one thing, humans another (I'm not talking about drug trials here).

I agree with the author that exercise (including resistance) and diet with insulin control are important. What's new in that? I also support his statements of less carbohydrate with slow release sugars (low GI), eating little and often and intermittent fasting (the popular and successful eat 5 days normally, restrict calories 2 days each week). The old premises are here again: 1) Eat a controlled carbohydrate low GL diet. 2)Eat carbohydrate with protein. 3) Graze, don't gorge. Again, widespread advice.

There is nothing new in this short book. His example menus are standard and can be found elsewhere and are limited. This book has a sensible foundation. The scientific evidence behind it is seriously flawed in it's projection to humans, particularly the genetic influence. If dieting is your thing, and there are plenty of us out there, better books by the author and others are prolific and available. This does not add anything new. 'Jump on the bandwagon' springs to mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 9 Aug. 2013
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Apart from the inclusion of exercises, this appears to be a revamp of previously issued publications from the same author.
Without a doubt, the low GL diet works, but, On the whole, I'm disappointed with both content and value of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice 30 Jan. 2015
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Why did I like this book, because for once of the addition of exercise as well as healthy eating advice. Well done Patrick and Kate. These two elements must be there and they are in very simple easy to work with format and with the addition of online checking on performing the exercises, really helpful. The only slight drawback for me is that it is not completely vegetarian when it comes to meal ideas. However I probably have enough vegetarian options in his other books to compensate but getting the missing omegas that would come from the fish side of the eating plan, I often wonder if I get that balance right being total vegetarian. Not easy so maybe somewhere Patrick there is this information and no Flax seeds are not the option I'm looking for!!! Still a great book.
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