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The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer Paperback – 10 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721675
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,222 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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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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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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Bought this book after watching the Horizons BBC documentary, a little disspapointed as this book is basically a transcript of the TV show :( with a few recipes thrown in.

If youve watched the BBC doc dont buy this

FYI, BBC iplayer has archived the Fast diet horizons episode due to its popularity so you can still view it online (December 2015)

On the diet itself I am seeing results, I am 4 weeks in and the fasting days (mondays and thursdays) are pretty easy to get through now. I find I actually look forward to the fast days. My wife and I are both following the plan and where she has not lost weight she is seeing differences in her clothes and the way they fit her. I was around 99-100kg, a 6 foot tall 39 year old ex-footballer and now a runner and cyclist, My fighting weight was always around 90 - 91kg when I played. I have dropped around 3-4kgs in the first month alone, hopefully I can get to 90kgs ish and switch to 6 & 1 rather then 5 & 2. I would recommend this diet to anyone healthy enough to maintain it, but i would not recommend this book, you can get everything online for free.
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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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Brilliant. Works. Well written and easy to understand. My husband has lost 5 stone with this diet - we do tweek it a little. He is also type 2 diabetic - or I should say was! With this diet, 30 mins walking every day and a positive attitude, he is out of the diabetic 'zone' and a bonus? His blood pressure is back to normal. This book and diet really has been a life save. If I could give 10 stars, I would!
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