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

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

Revised and updated with new science, recipes, and tips for easy fasting, the #1 New York Times bestselling diet book from Dr. Michael Mosley!

Is it possible to eat normally—five days a week—and become slimmer and healthier as a result?

Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week—500 calories for women, 600 for men. You’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with The FastDiet.

Scientific trials have shown that int

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  • Lee Mellott "Work at Home Author"
    1,180 of 1,219 people found the following review helpful
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    Revolutionary Weight Loss Method!, February 27, 2013
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    Lee Mellott “Work at Home Author” (Maryland) –
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    There are many ways to lose weight from counting point to micro-managing carbs. But almost all of them involve eating less calories on a daily basis. The result – you lose weight but let’s face it the prospect of eating less every day gets old. And in many cases weight that is shed is quickly put back on.

    Enter Dr. Michael Mosley with “The Fast Diet”. Dr. Mosley a science researcher, investigated how fasting can result in enormous benefits such as increased longevity, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol and much more. He presented his findings in the British television BBC special documentary “Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer”.

    Instead of a pure fast Dr. Mosley found that you could enjoy many benefits from eating a reduced calorie diet just 2 days a week and eating normally the other 5. For women about 500 calories and for men about 600 on the 2 lower calorie days. Based on the documentary thousands of British people tried eating this way and found it to be fast, effective and much easier than a traditional diet.

    In the book, “The Fast Diet”, Dr. Mosley presents the science behind how and why the diet works. His co-author Mini Spencer shares menu plans and tips to make the plan user friendly. The book also includes color photographs so you get a feel for what a low calorie day looks like. And there are inspirational accounts from people who are using the diet, losing weight and enjoying greater health and renewed vitality.

    A typical 500 calorie day on the plan might include a small apple, small mango and small boiled egg (223 calories) for breakfast and a tuna, bean and garlic salad for dinner (267 calories). Or you could spread your calories between lunch and dinner or eat them at one main meal. The plan is very flexible. The days you are not on the plan you eat normally, including high fat foods, without counting calories. You might think that on the feed days people would go crazy but research has shown that people eat only a little more than what they would normally eat. Knowing that you can have pretty much what you like most days of the week makes sticking to the plan so much easier than traditional diets.

    Based on the documentary (before the book was released in the U.S.) I decided to try the plan making up simple 500 calorie meals and I was amazed at how much easier it is than traditional dieting. Variations of the plan are easy to do also such as every other day, 4:3 etc. And if you miss a day you simply get back on track the next. On fast days, I like to go as far into the day as possible without eating so I have a cup of espresso in the morning, an egg on sandwich thin with berries around noon, small snack mid-afternoon and a protein with veggies for dinner. It has been surprisingly easy to do. I dropped 5 pounds fast!

    The benefits of following 5:2 are huge from what we can see visually i.e. weight loss to what we can’t i.e. our bodies inner workings. And best of all many find that it is so much easier to diet just a couple days a week than every day. You really do get used to it. Once you have achieved your desired body weight you can adjust the plan to one day a week if desired or eat a few more calories on the diet days.

    Side note – I purchased the Kindle version of the book and the formatting is excellent. The menu plan is hyper-linked to the recipes and the color photos are clear.

    Overall if you are struggling with traditional diets and want to improve your health, this book, “The Fast Diet” gets my highest recommendation!

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  • Rachel
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    A Little Hunger is Healthy? A Revoluntionary Concept for Me, August 18, 2013
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    I read this book very carefully, since I was VERY skeptical. I had been adhering to the “Eat 5 or 6 small meals” hype so that I could keep my metabolism in fat burning mode. I see now that that’s as big a crock as the whole low fat diet scam of the 90s where I ate disgusting Snackwells cookies and other low fat/high sugar processed junk thinking I was doing myself a favor.

    But this book completely convinced me that your body doesn’t go into the dreaded starvation mode until you have fasted for days or maybe even weeks. Certainly not after one day of low calorie eating. It’s just the opposite. A little hunger puts you into fat-burning mode. And I can tell it’s working. I’ve lost 7 of my EXTREMELY stubborn 15 pounds that I’ve been trying to lose, in just 3 weeks, and it’s not just water weight. My measurements are smaller and people are asking me what my secret is! I have more energy on both fast and feast days, and my stamina us up. My exercise instructor said she was amazed at how much stronger I seem lately.

    Because of my new understanding of how hunger affects the body, on my feast days I don’t feel like I have to rush to eat right when I’m hungry. I actually like to wait until I have a nice big appetite. The food tastes better, and since I’m only eating 3 times a day I can really enjoy that bigger meal. It fulfills me much more than those diet-y little meals I was eating before. I think that’s why I always used to fall off the healthy wagon. I was never really satisfied. Also, I don’t stuff my face the way I would before if I got too hungry. Before if I happened to get really hungry, I’d pig out, thinking that I deserved to really go crazy since I hadn’t eaten all day. Now I just see getting good and hungry as natural, and then I eat a reasonable amount.

    And all the little tips in the book really helped me figure out how to make the fasting days fly by. The way I do it is that I drink coffee (with a little unsweetened almond milk and Splenda), Good Earth Tea (iced), lemon water, fizzy water and maybe chicken broth through out my busiest mornings. Then I have scrambled eggs with cheese at 1:00. A sweet potato with Greek yogurt and salsa at 4. Then I go to bed early. The tip I like best is just reminding myself I can have whatever I want tomorrow. Sounds trite, but it works like a charm. I always think I’m going to have a burrito or a huge take-out spaghetti and meatballs, but when the next day comes, my appetite is so small I don’t feel like eating it. I also feel so light and healthy that it doesn’t even sound appealing. Last week I did have a big old Panda Express lunch and this week I had the spaghetti, but when I stepped on the scale the next morning I was lighter than ever!

    But for me, the best part is that I’m not on this awful diet roller-coaster. I used to be “good” for about 2 or 3 days and then I’d be “bad” and ruin it. Then I’d feel guilty so I’d eat more to make myself feel better, then I’d be good again, only to ruin it… This is no way to live! My feelings of self-worth should not be dependent upon what I eat! This new approach isn’t about being good or bad. It’s just eating or not eating. It’s easy for me to not eat when I only have to do it for one day. I don’t feel like I’m being “good.” I just feel like I’m doing something good for my body. And the next day when I indulge- if I even do, I feel like it’s all part of my healthy plan. I just know that this is something I can do forever. I actually look forward to the fasting days as a chance to re-boot. I also like to use the hunger pains to remind me to be live a life of compassion for myself and for others. But that’s another story…

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  • D. Farina "DF33"
    2,246 of 2,422 people found the following review helpful
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    Try the diet, skip the book, March 13, 2013
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    D. Farina “DF33” (Chicago, IL) –
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    The 5:2 diet plan is pretty simple, two days a week you keep your calories to a minuscule 500/600 per day and the rest of the week eat normally. The author claims that a) you will lose weight and b) it will dramatically improve your long term health.

    Let me address the first part. I have been trying the diet for a couple of weeks and it has been working for me. I am one of those people that has that stubborn last 10-15 pounds to lose and I have made more progress, down about 8 lbs since trying the diet. I find the diet really easy to follow, basically 2 days a week I watch what I eat and keep to the 600 calories. On those days, I drink more coffee and tea then usual to keep myself from eating, but once resigned to a fast day, basically you just have to make it through the day. I pick Mondays because they stink anyhow and one other day. Oddly, once you get used to it, the fasting is really no big deal. I get hungry a couple times a day and it is amazing a cup of green tea and the hunger goes away. While 600 calories is not a lot, it is enough to function, work and workout without any difficulties.

    I do truly believe that this plan will work for me long term as I consider it more of a strategy then a diet. (The strategy concept was in the book.) Basically, I need to cut my calories down and was not very good at knocking off 500 calories a day for a week by eating slightly less. So this I think will work for me. (I will circle back in a month with a weight update.)

    Moving to the book. I have two issues with the book. The plan is so blazingly simple (which may be part of its appeal) that you really don’t need a book. Cut your calories to 500/600 per day twice a week and that is what you do. Once you get your goal weight go to one day a week. If you start gaining weight back go back to 2 days. That is pretty much it, not sure why it takes more than a page or two to explain. Heck I just explained it in 2 sentences. Dieting is not rocket science, people need to eat less and burn more to lose weight. This is one simple strategy for eating less.

    My second complaint about the book is that it has all sorts of medical claims. The reality is that the diet is too new and the claims are not supported by hard scientific evidence in my view. The book is full of anecdotal evidence from people who have been on the diet and also from some studies about fasting. Not what I call hard science. I have a lot of trouble believing all the fantastic medical claims that the book put forward. I am not saying that they are not true, but what I am saying is it is too early and there is too little data.

    In conclusion, I just don’t see any point to the book. There are plenty of articles out there on the diet, and getting started is really simple, the book in my view didn’t add enough value for me to justify the price and time I spent reading it.

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