The FastDiet - Revised & Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

The FastDiet - Revised & Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

by Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
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The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
New_Gardener1 More than 1 year ago
We bought this book after we had seen the BBC production “Eat, Fast and Live Longer”. It was absolutely fascinating. In addition to the book, we would have bought a DVD of the show had it been available. Michael Mosley, M.D. explains the science behind intermittent fasting. He participates in three different fasting diets during the investigation and give us the results. He lowered his cholesterol, lowered his blood pressure and lowered his IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), which ages us faster when it is at a high level. Oh yeah, another result was he lost some weight. He shows the link between aging and How and When we eat being as important as What we eat. He explains the beneficial affects of fasting on not only our body but on our brain’s aging. The co-author on this book gives the details of Michael’s fasting results and information on how to fast, when to fast, how to fit it into your lifestyle and more. I am in week three of the 5 days feast/2 days fast diet and have found it fairly easy. There are explanations and photos of typical 500 and 600 calorie meals. (On the fast days you are supposed to eat something.) The book is easy to read and understand and the scientific information is interesting. Another thing I liked about this book is you do not feel like you are being sold something. It is not hyper, loaded with exclamation points. I can recommend this book and wish I had learned all this information years ago.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
The Fast Diet is another book that is taking the alternative approach to weight loss.  Its basic premise is that you do not need to kill yourself counting calories in order to lose weight.  If you simply fast for 24 full hours, 2 days per week you can achieve greater results than if you counted calories for 7 days per week.  The idea is very similar to Sleep Fat, Wake Up Thin.  There are slight variations in each program but still very similar.  I truly believe the results of both would be the same so if you are interested in trying either of these diets - read them both and see which fits best into your lifestyle.  I think The Fast Diet will fit better into my life during the camping months but Sleep Fat, Wake Up Thin will work better for me in the non-camping months.  Each season is approximately six months.  So if you are not at all interested in starvation diets, these are the diets for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have tried for nearly a decade to lose 10-15 lbs, simply to return to the size I was in my late 30s. I have a LOT of exercise will, but honestly, I was like a gerbil on a treadmill-going no where. Every 2 years or so, I would step up my workouts to an ungodly level-like a college athlete, no joke, desperate to get my body going. This resulted in barely any weight loss, hours & hours in the gym--and finally, a hamstring injury. I just pushed my 46 yr old body too far w/out mtg my realistic goal! I'd reached the point where I was ready to give up when I read about Dr. Mosley's plan & watched his PBS show. Many impressive doctors @ exceptional schools, doing real tests with measurable results. I bought the book & began. Friends: I have zero food discipline, but this is ridiculously easy to do. I look forward to checking my blood levels soon. I don't own a scale (just bought one), but I can tell you one thing I DON'T own any longer--my roll of belly fat and muffin top. In less than four weeks and with barely a thought, it's gone. The last time I did this I worked out 2 hours a day for 4-5 months & ended up limping. I'm still at the gym--but now I am enjoying vigorous but reasonable workouts. Doesn't feel like a sacrifice one bit, and I'm looking forward to even more weight coming off. A no-brainer lifestyle change for me. Permanently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a yo-yo dieter all my life and several years ago vowed never to diet again. It always became a full time job and when i couldn't take it anymore, the weight came back and then some. Then i read about this 5:2 diet (which is what this book teaches) in People magazine. It made perfect sense and when you think about it, it's what thin people have always done naturally in a way. So I bought the book. I only have to think about what i eat twice a week and knowing I can return to my normal life the rest of the time makes it totally do-able. I am loosing weight and look forward to switching to only one day per week after I reach my goal weight. The first week i lost 2-1/2 lbs, 2nd week, nothing, 3rd week 2 lbs, 4th week nothing, now on my 5th. i am confident I will continue to lose. This makes so much sense and its so easy. This is one diet I know I can sustain for the rest of my life! Why didn't I think of this?!
luckyladybug78 More than 1 year ago
Love It!  I have been following the plan for 3 weeks now and find it very easy to do.  I look forward to my fast days because they make me feel good.  The first week was the toughest, but now my fast days go by without a worry.  I think I have FINALLY found something that I can really stick to long term.
PatrickAdele More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after seeing the BBC program on the same subject by Michael Mosley. My husband and I have been following the plan outlined by Mosley for the past three weeks. We have been impressed. It has made us much more aware of our eating behavior, not to mention the value of the weight loss that comes very easily by reducing our calories only two days a week. We plan to make this our new way of eating. I would have given it a five star but the book did not go deeper than the BBC program which is what I was expecting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good!  I eat 500 calories two days a week, then eat a reasonable amount the rest of the time.  I've done weight watchers for years and always felt deprived, or worse, GUILTY if I ate something I really enjoyed.  With this diet, I struggle a little bit for TWO days, then I enjoy!  I've had more wine to drink (small glasses) and more desserts (just a few bites) in the last month that I've had in YEARS.  I'm still losing weight slowly and steadily.  Most importantly, i do NOT feel guilty when I indulge, which is worth its weight in gold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am fasting two days a week, feel great and never hungry. Do not wake up starving, actually not hungry at all the day after a fasting day. Try it, it is easy!
jod4810 More than 1 year ago
I saw this on TV and got it on my Nook and was on the diet in two days! Lost four pound the first week,Monday and Wednesday fast. So easy to do and easy to stay on, highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fast Diet allows you to eat 500-600 calories/day for two days/ week. No restrictions so it easily fits into a busy lifestyle. The best part is that I am growing new brain neurons when I am hungry! Working well. Linda
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book and diet to follow. I found it to make total sense and easy to follow. It is really easy to fast two days a week, and it helps to control your weight. I lost 10 lbs without worry and stress. The pounds just dropped off. You do have to watch what you eat on the days you are not cutting back. It is not a license to pig out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who's tried multiple types of diets, I thought I'd check this one out. After reading I tried what the authors suggested. Although it hasn't been that long, I have not found the diet very difficult to do. As the authors advise, when I want to eat something other than my 500 calories on fast days, I just tell myself to wait and I can eat it tomorrow. Drinking water helps. And, I've lost several pounds.
MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
Try it, you'll like it. I did.
AugusteH More than 1 year ago
A Skinny Gene? What Does it Have To Do With Brain Health? The Fast Diet provides data about the benefits of intermittent fasting and the possibility of triggering the SIRT1 gene for weight loss. It’s done through a 5:2 ratio, eating normally 5 days then staying below 500 calories on the two low calorie days.  Interesting, the brain, too, is positively affected by fasting; the authors write that as little as 16 hours of fasting increases neural functioning. According to the studies cited fasting increases stress resistance and increases oxidative damage, improving memory in the process. To accomplish the pragmatic side of fasting, 100- 500 calories recipes are provided. Some I want to try: 100- Pumpkin Carrot Bars, 500- Vegetable Sausage Medley.
bookreader716 More than 1 year ago
I read the book and started the diet but the fasting was really hard for me. Maybe because I have two jobs and really long days. After two weeks;I'm done did loose a 7 1/2 pounds but this diet it's not for me. I felt tired,got headaches and couldn't sleep on the fasting days.
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kat6 More than 1 year ago
I am fasting for 1 week. It feels really good,. Very effective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the program on Public TV. Lost 30 lbs. following the simple guidelines. Read the book to get more details and recipes. It's not a complicated read and has a lot of personal stories, recipes, plus calorie tables, glycemic index and glycemic load tables.
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tenbrum More than 1 year ago
Another diet book, and it seems to make sense. Time will tell if it works, but after a few weeks it seems to. IT could be half the length and get to the point more often, and it repeats itself a lot. The two authors don't seem to ever have had weight problems themselves. Still, it convinced me to give it a try. Would have been better with less chat and more example recipes. If you don't wish to read the whole thing - Eat less than 500(W)/600(M) calories two days a week. Eat normally the other days. That's pretty much it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fast Diet Cookbook is an alternative to the same old, same old Diet. It offers a simple yet manageable way to loose weight. This book offers a nice explanation of how to start a 5/2 plan, eat for 5 days and fast for 2. It lays out all the do and don'ts of how to follow the plan. It offers daily food plans, and guides you through with easy to use recipes. This book explains the benefits of fasting on the 2 day fast, it outlines what foods can be eaten and what calorie amount should be eaten. It offers food choices and meal plans. What I especially found helpful was the recipe's, meal plans and measuring charts. Also laid out was the benefits of doing this type of plan listing how it can help some of the health issues people face when being over weight. I find it easy to read and follow with a lot of great tips that can be helpful to all.
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