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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Reprint edition (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534904
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Although the book makes a lot of the science, it is useful advice. In some ways you can cut to the chase quickly as the diet is really simple. It is not widely known as, except for selling the book, there is no money to be made commercially. I have been on it for about 7 weeks and have lost about 20lbs. It has been easy too. You do not need to calorie count as such and can eat what you want, as normal, every other day. I ignored the advice to take to slimfast type shakes on the "down" days as the boredom, for me, would set in fast. I have a piece of fruit, a no fat 70 calorie yoghurt for breakfast, a piece of fruit for lunch and a small salad for dinner (lettuce, tomato, oily fish). Is it boring? Yes, it would be like all diets except that you are sustained by tomorrow it is back to normal eating. To suit what I was doing one week, I tried a "down day" two days running. it was fine, no great hunger panes. It is a diet you can switch on and off with ease without feeling you need to abandon it or losing the willpower. The book makes a lot of the science of switching on the starvation gene but while I cannot counter this, at its simplest it is about eating less and if you stick to it, 2 or 3 low calorie days in a week over the week say 25-35% calories overall less for the week. Its joy is it is doable for the long term. You look forward to tomorrow (the normal eating day) and the food then tastes great. It can be a little hard getting through the day, especially if other family members are eating tempting things, but you console yourself with "it is only for today" .On the normal day I do not have the urge to overeat but if I fancy a bowl of ice cream I have it (but not for the sake of it).

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
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This book and the diet are absolutely fantastic! I have been on this diet for about 6 weeks and I have already lost 1 stone in weight. I have about another stone to go. It is so easy to keep on this diet. Ok, the first few down days might be a little bit tough, but it keeps you going knowing that it's just one day and the next day you don't have to worry too much! I am so glad I found this book, it has changed my life. After being on it for 6 weeks I really do feel that this is something I can continue with forever, and believe me, I think I've tried all the diets out there and failed miserably with them all. Give this one a go - it's brilliant!!!
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... that I would eventually find a diet that doesn't feel too much like a straight jacket and actually seems to work?

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.
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Started ADD three weeks ago, want to lose 15kg, I am not a person of exercise and my life style is sedentary ( desk job, evening TV, walk in a park is a maximum ).
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.
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I bought this book thinking I'd try it and give up, just like all the other diets I've tried in the past. NO WAY !!! Been on it for 3 months now and the weight is still coming off with no great difficulty. Once you read the book and can get past all the scientific facts/figures, down to the nitty gritty - this diet really works.
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