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Tired of counting calories, eliminating foods from your diet, or obsessing about food all day? If so, an intermittent fasting lifestyle might be for you! In this book, you will learn the science behind intermittent fasting, and also understand how to adjust the various intermittent fasting plans to work for your unique lifestyle. The best part about intermittent fasting is ...more
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Published December 30th 2016
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Ashley Franks
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the first time ever, I feel empowered by a way of eating. This book introduced me to an eating lifestyle that doesn't leave me feeling deprived or guilty for indulging. It's changing my love/hate relationship with food, which I never thought possible. I've been practicing IF with clean fasting for a month now and I'm down 22 pounds with the least effort I could ever imagine (I had pancakes at Cracker Barrel this past weekend with eggs, bacon and hashbrown casserole and I still lost weight. D ...more
Katherine Owen
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Great Resource on Intermittent Fasting!

I've read most of the books out there on intermittent fasting. Gin Stevens does a fabulous job of covering the how-to's of fasting and is straight forward about what she found that works versus other authors' recommendations. This is a great book and one I will refer to often. I'm a fan of Dr. Jason Fung's book, The Obesity Code, but Gin's book, Delay, Don't Deny, serves as the missing puzzle piece, taking the complex science and distilling it down to wha
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
A quick audiobook listen that re-inspired me to stick to intermittent fasting. Less scientific than The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, which changed my life, but had some real practical gems that I'm going to implement. ...more
Karen
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-fitness
This book isn't fancy. I believe it is self-published. If you are looking for a fast and easy explanation of intermittent fasting this book is excellent. She refers the reader to science studies and doctors who have studied IF for further info. If you are looking for the science for IF, this book isn't for you. I am glad I read it. ...more
Austen to Zafón
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I have found intermittent fasting to be the best thing I’ve come across for hormonal issues, sleeping, and General well-being. This book was recommended to me by several people and I have to say I didn’t think much of it.

This author’s entire being seems to be occupied with her pant size. Her long epilogue of all the crazy things she did to lose weight, the abuse she put herself through, and her relief at finding IF as the thing that finally “worked,” was a real turn-off for me.

Not once through
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Cindy Rollins
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I have been doing OMAD for several months and slowly but easily lost 20 lbs. I was hoping to avoid “clean” fasts because I love cream in my coffee but the OMAD lifestyle is so delightful I have been able to jump start the weight loss by avoiding all calories before around 3:30-4:00 each day. It really is the most fun diet! I thoroughly enjoyed Gin’s humor and honesty.

To tell the truth I never thought I could fast so to find it this easy has been huge for me. And my energy levels are up.
Carol Bakker
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, 2020, science, 2019, diet
**2020** 5 stars

When I first read this, I dismissed Gin Stephen's strong stand on "clean fasting". Her plan does not allow for any use of artificial sweeteners, cream in coffee, flavored sparkling water, or bone broth while intermittent fasting. But as the months passed with very little progress in my weight loss journey, I kept thinking I might need to revisit DDD.

I started listening to her two podcasts. And I got to know Gin's voice. Hers is a 'tough love' approach. I gulped. I loosened my gr
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Sheila
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was disappointed somewhat in this book. I've been a member of the facebook group of same title and I kept hearing "read the book; just read the book; read Gin's book" to every question that was asked on the page. Soooo, I read the book. And I still have questions - even more so, actually. For example, why haven't I lost any weight when I've clean fasted for 3 weeks? Is it because my body is insulin-resistant? She doesn't explain what that means or how to know if you are. Also, over and over on ...more
Tonya
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book on fasting!!!!

I have read this book at least three times and each time I uncover something else that I need to apply to my life. Gin Stephens presents information in an informal tone and explains why Intermittent Fasting works for weight loss and other health issues. I love reading about her story on her own weight loss – which isn’t actually presented until the end of the book in the appendix section. The thing that is truly solid about Dealt, Don’t Deny , is that she uses scientific
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Monica P
Good intro on info about intermittent fasting. the author makes the lifestyle sound quite doable. she also says she's giving info about the different methods (and she does to some extent) but really pushes the method she finds most helpful, to the point that she will kick people out of/not allow entry into her Facebook group if they don't agree. this is funny considering that a lot of the book is her saying, "this is what worked for me," while absolutely slamming people who don't follow her meth ...more
Sarah Ames-Foley
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Rachel Kulik
This review can also be found on my blog.

This is a really helpful primer if you're interested in intermittent fasting (IF). It mainly discusses using it for weight loss reasons, but does talk about other benefits as well. What I really liked was how Gin emphasized that this is actually a lifestyle change; any weight loss or benefits you experience WILL go away if you revert back to old habits completely. I liked that there wasn't any of this magic bullet BS a lot of other people will try to pedd
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Belinda
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
It’s okay. Pretty rudimentary description of IF. It’s so strange how this book has taken off and developed a cult following when she literally directs you to all of the experts for further reading. It’s success only further explains the dumbing down of America. Oh well.
Meg
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
No substance

Book is about her journey and summary of her many diets. I found it interesting that she lost much of her weight on HCG diet and the 5 bite diet (that was a new one for me) but is using this book to promote OMAD as weight loss diet. She is using this more to maintain the weight she lost on unhealthy crash diets. But, IF is covered in the book and this is simple to follow. Of all the fasting programs OMAD makes the most sense to me. Hope it works !
Shaun
Jun 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Anytime an author of a book offering dietary advice repeatedly reminds you that they are not a doctor or a nutritionist and that they aren’t qualified to give advice but will be more than happy to refer you to books that actually are written by qualified professionals, you should probably just move on. Save your money. Buy all the great books she recommends instead.

I get that some people might appreciate her simplification based on her understanding. I also appreciate that she lost 80 pounds and
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Kristin
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well - I can’t say I gained much by reading this super easy read book about Stephens personal weight loss journey and how she got where she is today.... And that is pretty much all the book was. As she says this book is essentially a long description of how IF and OMAD has worked for her - and a lot of chatter about what hasn’t worked for her.

This is really not a good place to learn how to do IF, or eating healthy for that matter - and that’s maybe one of the most annoying points of my critics
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D'vorah Lansky
After years of struggling with my weight, I am so grateful to have discovered intermittent fasting. Reading and adopting the IF practices presented in Delay, Don't Deny has changed my life. Intermittent fasting not only facilitates weight loss, but also increased health and a sense of well-being.

This is not like any weight-loss book you've ever known. Gin Stephens presents an easy-to-follow, and extremely flexible plan, that we can adjust to our own schedule. By following a few key principals, w
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Elisabeth Ensor
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow- what a new sort of book and idea for health- fasting! I have always been drawn to fasting? I know that breaks for the digestion are good but have never understood the reason behind it. I also started reading the Obesity Code while reading this and I stated fasting the day a friend told me about this book and Gin's story! Her podcast is really helpful and motivating. I am still just within my first week of IF and haven't cut out the morning creamer in my coffee- that starts tomorrow! I have ...more
Patricia Shorbetz
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Basic information reworded and taken almost literally paragraph by paragraph with topics and chapters even in identical order from Jason Fung’s, best selling book, The Obesity Code. The medical information she writes about is not her work, it’s his. Only her personal story of what worked for her is. Making money off someone else’s work then self publishing is criminal. It’s very short, an hour tops to read. She is a teacher, not an author. I recommend getting the The Obesity Code and leave this ...more
Leanne
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Leanne by: Chrys Hyatt
Shelves: health
I like her writing style. The concept sounds scientifically sound. I have to try it out to give it that final star!
Jennie
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It feels weird giving this book a star rating, but I'll settle for three. I've been curious to learn more about the concept of intermittent fasting, and the book does a very good job of giving a comprehensive overview as well as a good list of resources to go to for more information. Since that's what I was looking for, I guess it served its purpose. Unfortunately, as I finished the book, I found myself bothered by the overly familiar tone of the author and the way she preaches the intermittent ...more
Jenny
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-and-home
This book, without question, changed my life. If I were to write an actual review of this book, I wouldn't know where to begin. Instead, consider this a friendly nudge from a friend to pick this book up if: 1) you are curious about the benefits of fasting (hint: the benefits are way beyond weight loss) but you don't know where to begin, 2) you are looking for a sustainable way of eating for the rest of your life (fasting is not a diet plan -- there are no rules about what you can and cannot eat) ...more
Crystal
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DELAY, DON’T DENY!

I’m so glad i found this book! I joined Gins group on a Facebook quite a while ago but didn’t FULLY adopt the IF lifestyle until January 2018. While I’ve had some slip ups, i can happily say I’m down 15 pounds in a month and a half and love this lifestyle! This book really explains WHY this lifestyle works so well! I didn’t realize i May have been compromising my success by drinking diet sodas and sweet flavored drinks like zero calorie flavored water and sweet tasting tea! No
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Perri
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice companion book for those of us living the OMAD lifestyle. Gin shares different ways to fast and what has worked for her. Like her, I could never give up carbs, so it's nice to have that support. She can eat anything she likes in her window, (delaying not denying) and that would NOT work for me, but I like how she promotes flexibility to find success. This book has an easy, girlfriend- let's- talk style which makes if very readable. ...more
Jo Anne
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Different Perspective

Enjoyable to read, nice personal touch. She does a great job of relating IF to the real world and real food. I have read (and am a fan of) Dr. Fung and depend on his up to date scientific references, but this down to earth approach is a nice addition to his research and information.
Pennie Arthachinta
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Feel like talking with a friend

At first I'm not sure I'll read this through but after started I couldn't put it down. Feel like chatting with a good honest friend. This book is like the conclusion from all the doctor's books I've read but in the easier to understand way
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Piepie
This is an EXCELLENT book. I've been IF'ing since August/September of this year. I've been experimenting with different lengths of fasting/eating windows. I've even done a couple of 24-hour fasts. This lifestyle is not complex; I don't care about the "science-y" parts of counting calories, etc. I can definitely see a change in my body. Definitely a book I will come back to again. ...more
Mama Wort
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A basically “okay” book that wasn’t for me. It wasn’t the author’s recommendations that threw me off - I’ve been fasting for health reasons for some time now, and have read most of what is available on the science of how and why it works. I highly recommend reading Dr. Jason Fung - as does this author of this book! She and I were on the same page (so to speak) in many respects. But, well, truth be told, I just don’t feel I gained much, reading about her personal weight loss journey and habits. W ...more
Tamara Evans
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An informative book about starting the intermittent fasting or IF lifestyle. I like that the author presents a disclaimer up front that she is not a medical expert and to talk to your doctor before starting this type of health plan. The book is written in a conversational tone and the reader feels like they’re talking to a friend.

Gin shares her experiences while dieting whole also making it clear that it’s up to the reader to determine which IF type is right for them. Currently, I’ve been doing
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Jodi Sourdiff
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I ran into a friend at a dinner party who had lost 38 lbs. She said she lost it doing intermittent fasting and that it was the easiest thing she's ever done to lose weight. I was really frustrated at the time because I had been working out 4x per week for 10 months and hadn't lost any weight. I bought and read the book that night and my boyfriend and I started IF (intermittent fasting) the next day. 10 weeks have gone by and we've both lost 10 lbs. I agree with her in that it's very easy. This i ...more
Mskychick
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m just starting to look into the 5:2 fasting diet for better health. With my STEM background, this book was too lay person-y for my taste. But I do appreciate the appendix of books to check out, and she does have some good references.

2020 Update: intermittent fasting is the bomb, y’all. This book explains it simply, at a level I think everyone can understand. After you’ve read this, you can do some more in depth scientific reading from Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Bert Herring. And listen to Dr. Pet
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