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The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer [Paperback]

Dr Michael Mosley , Mimi Spencer
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10 Jan 2013
THE OFFICIAL 5:2 DIET

IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT WELL, MOST OF THE TIME, AND GET SLIMMER AND HEALTHIER AS YOU DO IT?
WITH THE FAST DIET IT IS.

This revolutionary new approach to weight loss really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men).
Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Dr Michael Mosley, the medical journalist who first alerted the world to the Intermittent Fasting phenomenon, presents the fascinating science behind the 5:2 diet. Mimi Spencer, award-winning food and fashion writer, explains the practicalities of how to go about it.
The Fast Diet also includes a calorie counter, full colour section, and a whole section of Fast 500 and Fast 600 menu plans which will enable you to incorporate this groundbreaking weight-loss system into your daily life.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books (10 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721675
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,913 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The biggest diet revolution since the Atkins --Daily Mail

The only diet you'll ever need --Mail on Sunday

The diet that works --Radio Times

The year's most talked about weight-loss trend --Daily Express

Intermittent fasting is ideal for those of us who can just about manage to be good, but lack the long-distance rigour of saints --Allison Pearson

"A modern phenomenon...it sometimes seems as if every other person you meet is following the Fast Diet." --The Guardian

The scientific evidence that Intermittent Fasting can have numerous health benefits is strong --Professor Mark Mattson, National Institute on Aging

"A modern phenomenon...it sometimes seems as if every other person you meet is following the Fast Diet." --The Guardian

The scientific evidence that Intermittent Fasting can have numerous health benefits is strong --Professor Mark Mattson, National Institute on Aging

About the Author

Dr Michael Mosley is a British journalist, producer and TV presenter. Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author, and a feature-writer and columnist for titles including the Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Observer Food Monthly. She is the author of 101 Things To Do Before You Diet (Transworld 2010).


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1,280 of 1,307 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough to start with - but incredible results! 28 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just wanted to share my experience with anyone thinking about starting on this diet.

I consider myself a yo-yo dieter. Once committed to a diet I do stick to it. The trouble for me arises at Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions. I think to myself, for the next week I will treat myself, it's only Christmas or my birthday once a year right? Wrong.

This is a trigger for me. Once I have fallen off the wagon I am in big trouble and usually put the majority of the weight back on. Kidding myself that I will start again on Monday, but never following through. Only being jolted back into action when I approach my heaviest weight. The trouble is I have been "dieting", trying to control my daily calorie intake, essentially denying myself food. What I really needed was to establish a new relationship with my food. A relationship where there is no proverbial wagon to fall off... This is exactly what the Fast Diet is.

The principle is simple: two days a week you fast, sticking to 500 calories for women or 600 calories for men, and for the other five days you eat what you like. I eat breakfast (toast and two poached eggs) and dinner (fish/chicken with plenty vegetables) on my fast days, and pretty much what I like on feed days. Initially I thought I would be tempted to over eat on feed days - but I found the opposite is true. Once you have had the determination to fast for a day, the next day you feel satisfied with smaller portions. You also don't want to undo all the effort from your fast days and that adds another motivating factor to the mix. I found myself averaging around 1,900 calories on feed days and feeling perfectly well fed.

The first few days of fasting were really tough, but I stuck with it.
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1,491 of 1,569 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best diet since sliced bread! 21 Jan 2013
By Mr M.R.Watkinson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The best review on here is that of Mike C from 31/12/12. So good, in fact, that I haven't bothered to buy the book! Why? Well, I saw the original Horizon, back in August, so I know the how & why of the diet; I'm a perfectly competent cook, so I don't need the recipes; the rest of it is padding to me as much as it is to Mike. Why am I here, then? Well, just in case you need any further persuasion to invest in this, I thought I'd add my two penn'orth, plus I'd like to mention a a few points that I think are particularly worth considering.

I experimented with the diet after the programme was shown, then had a very dissolute December, knowing full well that I was going to go at it full tilt in the New Year. I started on the 2nd, 19 days later, I've dropped 10 lbs with no problems, no loss of energy (I play squash vigorously, and 5-a-side when I can get a game), and no trouble sticking with the plan. So, yes it works. Absolutely.

However, the most important point to emphasise is that this not a weight loss diet. Weight loss is entirely a side effect of the real purpose of the diet, which is to prolong life. It's a milder version of Alternate Day Fasting. This is scientifically unproven as yet, but is said to reduce the chance of developing various cancers, and to help manage a variety of conditions / illnesses wide enough to include diabetes & arthritis. What tends to get the headlines is the fact that on your Fast days, you cut your calories to a quarter of the recommended. What is more significant is reducing your protein intake. This is said to force your body from "growth mode" into "repair mode" where, instead of creating new cells, the body attempts to repair damaged ones.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent - really works 10 Oct 2013
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Excellent way to lose weight. Been doing this for 6 weeks and regularly lose 2lb a week. find it easy to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had tried it years ago. 3 July 2014
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Interesting book at a very cheap price. I started the 5 2 diet 6 weeks ago and have lost 7lb. That may not seem like a lot but im a size 10/12 and wouldn't want to loose more than another 5lb as it tends to drop off my face and I look ill...... What I can say about this diet 'it is so easy'. OK so the fasting days are a bit of a chore and sometimes you just want to eat a biscuit, but always in the back of your mind is 'I can have what I want tomorrow'. There is nothing worse than feeling like a chocolate biscuit knowing that you probably cant have one for months on a normal diet. Ive always been a big Weight Watchers fan but recently the weight wasn't shifting and after a month I got bored and gave up. Ive been on a diet or weight maintenance for 25 years, im so careful what I eat, but as you get older Christmas creeps up on you and it takes longer to shift those extra pounds. That's what makes the 5 2 diet so great, its just two days a week. I did make the mistake of trying to diet on the 5 days (because that what I was used to), which makes no difference to weight loss, in fact I think it slowed it down, so ive found myself eating more and enjoying my food. I don't feel guilty about eating a cake or drinking a latte for the first time in years and even had a Indian Take Away without feeling like a bad person. Tomorrow i'm going for Afternoon Tea with my parents and it wont break the diet, I just worked my fasting day around it. Am going to stick with this and to be honestly will do the 6 1 diet to maintain my weight when ive lost a bit more. Can't recommend it enough and wish I had tried it years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll see a difference in no time!
Absolutely amazing book AND diet! Easy to read (I read it in about 3 hours) and really informative; Dr Mosely explains the science behind fasting concisely and without patronising... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Abi Trotman
4.0 out of 5 stars The book was very good, the audio CDs were very clear it worth ...
The book was very good, the audio CDs were very clear it worth the money spend, however, I have not received the pdf files which should come with the book and there are no... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Nasser I Al Bahlani
5.0 out of 5 stars Very encouraging to start this way of eating immediately
Just the right amount of detail, with clear examples of how this diet can benefit anyone, no matter how much weight they have to lose, and it also explains how it could reduce... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jeanette Jobling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The actual health benefits surprised me. A clear simple read.
Published 1 day ago by shev
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very quick delivery, impressed with this book
Published 2 days ago by C. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars changed my like - have been using it for months and have ...
changed my like - have been using it for months and have lost and maintained the loss. will continue to use it as a guide for ever. its so easy and uncomplicated. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Carole Reeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Fasting has always been a good way to break down long standing habits...
I totally agree with the concepts in this book. Fasting has always been a good way to break down long standing habits and acheive great results. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Judith Walters-author of;Seeds of Hope;
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good guide and helpful to reach my target.
Published 2 days ago by Ronald Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars good product, I would use again
Quick delivery, good product, I would use again. thanks
Published 2 days ago by Mark Howell
3.0 out of 5 stars Tested and tried
Interesting read.
Published 3 days ago by katiuscia yamanaka
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