Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your "Skinny Gene," Shed the Pounds, and Live a Longer and Healthierlife Paperback – 7 Apr 2009
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About the Author
James B Johnson, M.D., an instructor in plastic surgery in the U.S., retired after more than twenty years in private practice to pursue his long-time interest in alternate-day calorie restriction. After witnessing many of his patients struggle with their weight, he became committed to finding a way for them to achieve a healthy body weight and improve their health without the stress and difficulty of complying with traditional diets. He has since become one of the foremost innovators in this field, having published various scientific articles and also conducting the first study to show how alternate-day calorie restriction can treat disease. His book, The Alternate-Day Diet, is revolutionizing the way that people approach dieting, and offers insights into how alternate-day calorie restriction can prevent disease, increase energy, and slow the ageing process. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I recommend the book which gives you the belief in the science, even though it is so easy to grasp, but do recommend trying the diet
I bought the book specifically because I wanted to read the science (I am a scientist after all). I had read a lot on line and as I have access to a lot of academic journals I had read around more than most people could. I wanted the book to check his references - he is pretty straight up, no fighting stats to make them fit. If they don't he says so!
I also love his attitude: if you can't do 500kcals add some. If your lifestyle only fits 2 Down Days, so be it, it will just take longer. He writes like a(n ex-) fat man rather than a doctor (plastic surgeon).
Not sure most people would enjoy the science as much as I did, but I wouldn't give it a 5 without it.
First few "down days" felt a bit shaky, in the second week of diet had weird headaches however that passed and I started feeling surprisingly more alert and energetic during fasting days. As I am not a great fan of replacement drinks, on my "down days" right from the start was eating ordinary food worth up to 500 calories, some days have less than 300, depending on how I feel. Followed my instincts and ate the food I craved obviously in minuscule quantities.
Interestingly my food preferences changed and on an "up day" I have hunger for mainly proteins and veggies; seem to be eating much less of pasta, bread and rice. I eat with no restrictions or second thoughts on my "up days" yet noticing that my ordinary caloric consumption on those days is considerably less than it would be prior dieting. Feel no side effects and my periodic migraines vanished, touch wood, so I must be doing something right. Found that the diet much easier to follow than Atkins or general calorie restriction. Diet essentially feels manageable and I am reasonably sure that would be able to keep up for prolong periods, may be even years.
One down side - alcohol consumption on "up days" may make you feel flimsy on the following "down day", no matter how small that glass of wine was. So if you are planning to go out with friends on your "up day" try to do it as early in the day as possible, have a good meal and lots of water during or afterwards. Following day have maximum allowed calories in the morning and just "man" it for the rest of the day with lots of mineral water.
Three weeks ago my weight was 72kg, today 67.5kg, my old clothes are becoming slack.
Recommend to try even if only for experience of long lost feeling of real hunger and food appreciation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some pretty good recipes in here but I found alternate-day dieting hard going compared to five-twoPublished 1 month ago by John Ford
I noticed that my weight started to creep up, so decided to do something about it. I wasn't huge but I'm a food lover. I have had issues with my weight in the past. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nadine L Pierre
This is a brilliant book and the best of the 'fasting' day diets. It isn't hard to do and even if you can't manage 500 calories only on the fast days if you keep below 750 you will... Read morePublished 10 months ago by V. S. Clement
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