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A useful guide for those interesting in 'fasting'
on 17 June 2014
I have to start off with congratulating the marketing team at Dummies Guides on their title choice. From having read the whole book description on Amazon I knew I was ordering a book on fasting diets, but I had to read quite a way through that before the word 'fasting is used'. Looking through the reviews I can see how confusion has arose with so many people thinking they were ordering a book on fast diets i.e diets that help you lose weight quickly. It should be retitled 'fasting diets' - the current title is misleading.
The book covers four 'fasting' diet schedules - the intermittent, the 5:2 Diet, the Warrior Diet, and micro-fasting. It explains the concepts well, the benefits, the pit falls, how they can best be incorporated into our busy lives, and there is lots of good advice on eating cleanly, and the importance of exercise with some pointers on that too. All in all, fasting diets aside, it's full of the same good advice you'll find in most books of this ilk and that on it's very own will help very many people lose unwanted weight.
I tried out 2 of the fasting diets - the intermittent and micro-fasting. Both were much easier than I expected, mostly thanks to following tips in the book. Did I lose weight at all, let alone quickly? Even eating more cleanly than usual, with extra exercise? No. Maybe it's just me.
There were a couple of aspects I didn't like about the book. While I appreciate that these books must be written by someone with knowledge, and often those with knowledge will have specialities or preferences, I did not like the bias towards Paleo diet. It is not a book on the Paleo diet, it's a book on fasting, so lets stick to that and save the Paleo chat for a book on the subject. In addition, there was no evidence to back up any of the health claims especially with regards to specific diseases these eating plans will protect you from. To the best of their ability Dummies Guide's should be factual guides, not opinion and Dr. Petrucci's opinion (and her opinion appears to be that the Paleo diet is best) comes into it far too often.