The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer
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The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer

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This radical new approach to weight loss is the diet that everyone is talking about. It really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men). Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of disea...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Scott
I don't normally write reviews about health/diet books but the ideas in this book have really worked much better than I expected. I started the diet about two months ago and I have dropped about 30 lbs. When I started I was 207 lbs (I tend to fluctuate between 205 and 215), my dream weight was 180 lbs, and today I weighed in at 176.1 lbs on the gym scale.

Now I must confess that I tweaked the system to speed up the weight loss. First, on the fast days I only eat between 50 to 200 calories (not th...more
Michele
I watched the Horizon program last year and started the 5:2 soon after. I felt the benefits (lost just under 13lb, had clearer skin etc) but decided to give myself a week off over Christmas. I had started to get headaches on my fast days but instead of drinking more water (which I have never been good at), I gave in. The week turned into 3 months and whilst my weight is not back to where it was before, it was creeping up. I bought Dr Mosley's book just after Christmas and have finally got around...more
Will
This is more than a diet, and you can easily start it after reading the first few pages. The book describes intermittent fasting, and it describes in full detail the beneficial effects it can have on your body. What drew most of my attention was improved brain function. After trying it a while I discovered it really works. I sleep better and I can concentrate more at work. After my last blood work, the doctor said my blood was completely normal other than my cholesterol being too low. He cut my...more
Donna
I watched the Horizon programme during the summer and was intrigued by the concept of this approach to health and weight loss. Then I just happened to catch Michael Moseley on morning TV, talking about this book based on his findings during that programme. I came home and ordered it straight away.
The book gives a very good, jargon free explanation of why and how intermittent fasting works. It doesn't go into too much scientific stuff so is ideal for anyone to read and understand. The benefits se...more
Natalie
My weight can go up and down and over the last 18 months I managed to put on 2 stone, despite exercising regularly during term time, sometimes running up to 33k a week. Though I know it’s what I eat that has got me this way.

I have also been sluggish and my skin (and scalp) has broken out in spots and I have tried every lotion and potion (even changing my contraception). Feeling that I needed to do more, I deep down knew it was what I was eating and a proper diet would help.

Having allergies to Wh...more
Anita
The ironies of the library hold system. I'm reading this at the same time as The Dinner.

As all diet books, lots of anecdotal experiences, a lot of time showing scientific evidence--although in this case there has been very little done. I read an article earlier in Harpers Magazine (“Starving Your Way to Vigor: The Benefits of An Empty Stomach,” Steve Hendricks) , that had a lot more history and science in it. It will be interesting to see if there will be some scientific studies done to bolster...more
Rachel
I'm a total convert to intermittent fasting. I can't really call it a diet. It's more like a lifestyle change. I plan to do it for the rest of my life. I started it seven weeks ago and have dropped 6+ pounds. In that time I've eaten goodies like molten chocolate cake, cheesecake, apple crisp, & my favorite burger & fries, to name a few. (Those weren't the norm, I mostly chose very healthy foods, but just giving examples of things I still got to enjoy! Basically anything.)

Approaches to i...more
Brenda
With this fasting diet offering to lower the risk of various diseases, including dementia, heart disease, diabetes and cancer plus making weight loss easier it sounds too good to be true...right? But this book is well worth a read if you are interested in becoming healthier and living longer. It seems to be a simple thing to follow, and it certainly doesn't seem like the usual conventional diets or fad diets destined to fail.

Tested by various medical people as something which works, I will give...more
Andrea Marley
Starting today ! I watched this documentary a couple months ago and have thought about it off and on since. My fiancé brought home the book from the library and the reasons to start are overwhelming. In fact, the book was prompted by the popularity of the program. We are both TOFI (Thin on the outside and fat on the inside) , or skinny fat, or tiny with round bellies, or lucky trolls; anyways, READ THIS BOOK!
Selina Lock
A clear, accessible summary of the current research around the science of intermittent fasting, with an emphasis on the 5:2 diet (restricted calories of 500 for women & 600 for men on two days a week). Answers frequently asked questions regarding how it might make you feel, whether you should exercise and provides suggested meal plans.

Now it's a case of putting the advice into practice...
Nigeyb
The first, and probably last, diet book I'll ever read. Most diets don't work, or when they do the loss is only temporary. We all know that. So why did I bother to read this? And why am I persuaded that it might be a different and important new approach to health and well-being?

I was given this book by my parents-in-law who had found it very helpful. Another friend has also successfully followed the 5:2 approach for about six months. I was curious because, as a man in his early fifties who eats...more
Deborah
Finally a diet I can do. Down ten lbs in two weeks and it's easy. Ridiculously easy. LOVE!
Joan
The diet and book are both based on personal experiences of doctor and science journalist, Michael Mosley. He produced a BBC documentary titled Eat, Fast and Live Longer, which prompted our interest in the diet. The diet is relatively easy to follow and effective. Unfortunately, the book makes it sound much more complicated than it is. (Short review: skip the book; watch the documentary).

The premise of the diet is that fasting 2 days a week creates multiple health benefits: weight loss, reduced...more
pausetowonder
First off, I've never been on a diet in my life.

I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and eat a healthy varied diet with lots of whole grains, vegetables, dried legumes, etc. but since moving to Paris have been eating way too much in the pastry department.

Like everyone else reviewing this, I saw the BBC Horizon program "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" (search YouTube - it keeps getting posted there) and was really impressed. This book gives details of the science and recommendations on how to manage t...more
Matthew Shoe
Interesting ideas about eating and health discussed in a sane scientific manner. No magic voodoo weight loss secrets; just simple facts about how our bodies work.

I decided I wanted to read this book after watching Michael Mosley's program on TV. The correlation between calorie restriction and lifespan is hard to ignore. The idea is that people can get most of the benefits of extreme low calorie diet by just fasting 2 days a week and eating normally the other 5. The beauty of the concept is that...more
Thomas Ullman
It's a book about dieting so not a cuddly bedtime read but it worked for me. I saw Michael Mosley's TV show about the 5:2 diet (where you eat normally for 5 days a week and eat only 600 calories for two days a week on the other two) and got the book.

The book served to help on those hungry days, to steel my resolve and strangely not make it seem harder.

It is actually a good read as it goes into the reasoning and history of why we eat too much and why fasting is something we have only not done rec...more
Janie
I heard about this book on NPR in a segment featuring a panel of fasting folk including Mosley. I got just a bit more out of this book than the radio play. (What more I got out of it was a better understanding of IGF-1 and how IF [intermittent fasting] reduces it. I further cemented some other ideas, too, like the apparent fact that usual, deleterious effects of dieting -- e.g., muscle loss -- are circumvented by IF.)

I am not the intended audience. What was not obvious before I read it but what...more
SheLove2Read
Not just a diet. The science behind the theory is both intriguing and sound. I'm looking forward to trying this approach to better health.
Paul
Convinced me now to put it into action!
Heather
Intermittent Fasting for the win! The title of this book is a bit misleading, as it's not a diet so much as a strategy for calorie control and health improvement. Like so many others, my husband and I became interested in Intermittent Fasting (IF) after watching Dr Michael Mosley's Horizon/BBC programme Eat, Fast, Live Longer, and this book expands upon the information covered in that documentary. The system is simple- for two days a week, you eat 25% of your daily calories (500 for women and 60...more
Amy
This is a very slim, easy book to read. That said, the information and stories contained therein is highly educational and quite amazing. To think that fasting just two days out of each week could have such an impact on one's health sounds crazy, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I watched Dr. Mosley's PBS special 2-3 times and each time I'm more and more intrigued by its potential. As someone whose family history has breast cancer, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, plus diabetes, heart dis...more
Razi
I was feeling slightly overweight of recently (change of job, not enough work but too many biscuits and cakes to go through during work hours). I would not say that this book helped. The first 2 weeks on the treadmill shed off 5 kgs. Excess baggage gone, just like that!

What this book has done is to make me more conscious of what I put in my belly. I had never thought that only a pesky Mr Kipling's trifle bakewell could add massive 194 kcal and I need to power-walk 2 miles to get rid of that junk...more
Tfowler6208
Foremost, the read is quick and easy - not a huge book of do's and don'ts. It's very straightforward. I've tried the diet and on my first week - amazing results already. My blood pressure has already lowered significantly. FINALLY I'm losing weight but the best benefits are not even that. It's how I feel. It's like my body has been somehow reset. On the days I don't fast, I'm very aware of how food is affecting me. I actually can feel the "starting to get full" signal - I've never felt that befo...more
Laurel Bradshaw
I'm sold on the Fast Diet as a way of life, not just a diet plan. It is easy and very flexible. The book is short and to the point, and includes meal plans and a calorie counter. There really isn't any info here that can't be found free on the web, and the recipes are not very vegetarian friendly. This diet has a huge following in Great Britain, and with the US publication of this book, I think it will become very popular here also. There are forums and blogs and Facebook groups devoted to it. I...more
Elen
4 juni 2013
Gillade dokumentären, gillade boken. Nu är den stora frågan om det kommer att funka på mig. Idag är min första fastedag, det är 2,5h sen jag åt frukost och blodsockret börjar dala. Återkommer när jag vet om det fungerar!

Recension på bokpotaten.

EDIT 27 januari 2014
Ja, det funkar. Vissa dagar har varit tunga men som regel är det inga problem alls att halvfasta två dagar i veckan. Kilon och centimetrer har flugit sin kos och jag har nu ett studs i löpsteget jag aldrig känt förr. Mina för...more
Dan
I became fascinated by the concept of the fast diet and its healthful benefits after having seen Michael Mosley's PBS documentary on fasting. This book, which utilizes a large font and has ample white space, is both a VERY quick read and overly simplified. Other than a metric-based calorie counter and menu plans for fasting days, it adds nothing to the information found in the excellent television documentary. The twenty pages of testimonials from fast diet adherents are fluffy filler. Stick to...more
Chris Johnson
Excellent book that comes up with the healthiest way to lose weight by introducing 'fasting' into your lifestyle. It's not just about losing weight though - fasting allows your digestive system to better manage what you put into it and takes some of the strain off other organs related to food processing - yes, your liver for example.

I need to lose 30 lbs to return to the svelte body of my youth. 12 gone in 6 weeks, nice and gently. I would stick to the author's recommendation like I have - split...more
Steven Lewis
Three stars because it's not really a "book", just a long article cashing in on the success of the TV program. I don't mind that per se -- why can't a life-changing article be worth $11? -- but I think not being honest about that padding it out to book length with page after page of photographs of rice and beans and soups was taking the piss. However, the article that is the meat of the book makes this idea sound fascinating and I'm certainly going to give it a go.
Lmf
The book is fine, but the calorie counter is useless for US buyers since we normally don't count our calories in grams or milliliters. It's very frustrating since I purchased this book for my reader to be more on the go to reference during the day. It's very frustrating to use and constantly convert back to our measurements. i get that they wanted to publish this book in a hurry, it's just too bad that they didn't take the time to make it more user friendly for US customers.
Cameron
This is a timely work that has the potential to address serious contemporary issues. I came to this book following a five day water fast for therapeutic reasons. Contrary to initial expectations fasting wasn't too unpleasant. Hunger is not cumulative and has a tendency to come in waves that can be ridden through. “It’s a symphony of differentiated movements, not a steady, fearful crescendo.” However, it was a very humbling experience; I learned much about the adaptability of my body and regained...more
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