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Eat Fast Slim: The Life-Changing Fasting Diet for Amazing Weight Loss and Optimum Health

Eat Fast Slim: The Life-Changing Fasting Diet for Amazing Weight Loss and Optimum Health [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Hamilton
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'Amanda's diet adds years to your life and life to your years.' --Professor Ian Philp, MD, CBE

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Traditional diet lore dictates that we shouldn't skip meals. But amazing new findings show that short bursts of fasting, created by lengthening the gaps between eating, can lead to the ultimate fat-burning state - this is intermittent fasting (IF). It's a truth that body-builders and top athletes have known for years but scientists are now confirming that fasting accelerates fat loss and shifts weight from stubborn areas too. What's more, you'll find that you sleep better, have more energy, slow down your ageing and even improve your long-standing health problems through fine-tuning your body's repair mechanisms.

Amanda Hamilton's Eat, Fast, Slim contains a choice of diet plans which allow you to tailor the diet according to your lifestyle and 'weight-loss personality'. You can choose Plan A, a daily fast of 16 hours (so you'll skip either dinner or breakfast), starting with once a week and working up to more frequent fasts. Or you can follow Plan B, a full day fast, twice a week, during which you'll eat one evening meal. But there's freedom in the plans so you can graze, rather than sitting down to main meals, and you can of course add an exercise element to your routine whilst fasting. On top of this, you can follow Plan C to enhance the fasts with juicing and other boosting techniques.

Interspersed throughout the book, Amanda tells the story of how she found her way to IF, from her introduction to fasting on a meditation retreat in the Himalayas to her work with the system in her weight-loss clinic. She reveals the latest scientific findings that support the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of structured fasting, describes how the plans were created, and the results that the reader can expect. IF may pay homage to a practice that has been adopted by spiritual practitioners for thousands of years but it's never been more needed than right here, right now.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848991568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848991569
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've been fasting all along and just didn't know it 14 April 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
I've never eaten breakfast: I just can't stomach it (and have never been a fan of mornings in general). So it turns out that I've been on a 16/8 fast all my life - and it works for me.

Hamilton's book is eminently sensible: beneath all the ra-ra enthusiasm are a set of rules that, frankly, we all know: that obsessive calorie-counting and/or faddy dieting just don't work; that processed and/or 'fake' foods (including low-cal versions of proper foods) aren't good for us and upset the ways our bodies work; that we need a good night's sleep; that moderate exercise is good; that sugar and alcohol aren't good in excess, and that eating quality food in the right quantities keeps us slim and healthy.

What Hamilton adds to the story is a means for people to cut down on their average calorie intake by either skipping a standard meal a day (the 16/8 pattern where you eat during an 8 hour window, typically 12 noon-8pm though there are variations), or by cutting food intake to 500-600 calories for 2 days a week (the 5/2 pattern).

What I like about this is the emphasis on individual control and responsibility, and the focus on health and well-being. Hamilton includes research on how men and women might react differently to fasting, and suggests the optimum ways to go about it.

The recipes are great but, again, are nothing revolutionary: soups and salads for lunch, grills, stir-fries, stews and casseroles for dinner, everything made from fresh, quality ingredients. There are also breakfast recipes but I skipped those. Some new food ideas that I've taken from this are coconut couscous, and salmon fishcakes made with sweet potato rather than standard mash.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, thoughtful and funny! 27 April 2013
I think this is the third fasting diet book I have read this month, and if you are thinking of giving fasting a go, then this is the one to go for.
I've just finished Eat Fast Slim by Amanda Hamilton on my kindle and I was absolutely desperate to review.

I'm sure everyone has heard by now all about fasting diets- I've read several books about it. But I didn't feel the urge to tell you about any of those. This one is different because apart from anything else, it's actually really fun to read and I reckon even if you have no interest whatsoever in diet or nutrition, you'd enjoy this book- just as a book.

If, however, you are like me and have read loads of stuff and have tons of diet books gathering dust along with all your manuals you have collected from Slimming World and WeightWatchers, then you will absolutely LOVE it.

It's brilliantly funny, her humour shines through and it's so thorough and thoughtful. The scientific research is fascinating but presented in an accessible way and it really is a book for all. It has great information for all types of dieters- (I'm a "Monday Dieter" - and I love Amanda recognises we all do it differently) and if you are really into your fitness then it's for you too. Even if you are a body builder.
It's for men, women everyone.
There's fascinating stuff about hormones and what to eat at various times in your cycle. As well as the 5:2 dieting pattern you may be familiar with where you eat 500 calories for two days a week, there's several different types of fasting plans including a 16:8 fasting plan which may suit you better- it involves skipping one meal. I think this is the one I am going to go for, but there's lots of room for trial and error so I guess I'll just see what suits. It seems so easy to follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 29 Jun 2013
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Very easy & engaging style... have only had one week of the 5/2 option - which went okay... that said I think the IF diet book is better at explaining how to realistically manage the fasting style of weight loss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with recipes 19 Jun 2013
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Tried the juice fast over four days and lost 3 kilos after 7 days ,well written in an easy to grasp way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 May 2013
By Ann
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easy to read, gives lots of useful and interesting information and different options for the fasting diet to suit most people
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not had time to read it yet 25 Feb 2014
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Started to read the book but too much background info before you actually get to the purpose of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way to go ... 28 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked Amanda Hamilton's writing style. I found it very easy to read. Her reasonings were backed up with scientific data and the case studies used were succinct and not too many of them. I often find some books of this nature spend more time on case studies, which quite frankly, I am not that interested in.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow rubbish 4 Oct 2013
This book reads like a rushed attempt to cash in on the popular Horizon programme about fasting. It doesn't sound like the author has even tried intermittent fasting much and her only experience seems to be that of juice fasting which is quite a different thing.

Beyond repeating some of what was in the Horizon programme the rest of the content seems like mere padding. For instance in the chapter titled "The Secrets, Science and Incredible Benefits of Fasting" the author includes a section on colon hydrotherapy. Despite the title this has nothing to do with either fasting or science. In fact this treatment has been debunked by science as useless and even dangerous. Nevertheless the author bigs up this treatment by citing how it was used in ancient times and "is now a popular holistic treatment".

All in all this book is, like far too many diet books out there, shallow and lacking in solid scientific thinking. If you want to learn about fasting you're far better off watching the original Horizon programme (online in various places) then following that up by reading some of of the many blogs and forums (like the 5:2 fast diet forum) with content from genuine people sharing their real life experiences.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, wish I had the will power to follow the plan!
Published 3 months ago by sand
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Awful book - all over the place and the recipes are appalling

Far better ways to spend a few £££
Published 4 months ago by JW Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Great book to read in addition to the 5:2 diet book by Michael Mosley especially from a more female and spiritual slant
Published 4 months ago by Natasha
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential but disappointing overall
The introduction was good and inspiring so I was looking forward to getting to the practical application of the methods. Read more
Published 8 months ago by sara ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Requires a little time to get into it but once you get your head around it it's not so bad a all, lost a fair bit of weight slowly but it is more a way of life, would say try it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Corinne
1.0 out of 5 stars Book
Not much use to meRecipies are all too involved though general idea is good and workablewould not recommend to anyone
Published 12 months ago by Susan Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative and enjoyable read
Extenemly informative and enjoyable to read. Well written and full of helpful advice. Would encourage anyone looking at a diet and life plan to read this.
Published 13 months ago by Gordon Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and full of valuable information and first hand...
I have tried to read other books explaining diet and nutrition and most go into too much technical explanations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Dorothy M N Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to fasting
I was interested in this book from a health point of view and I found it very interesting. I liked that it was well referenced and although I don't agree with everything that is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anna logue
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book I have ever read in full!
I was glued to this book because it was very easy to understand and made perfect sense to me. I am not yet sure which plan I shall choose but I will definitely be changing to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Babs
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