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Fast. Feast. Repeat.: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny® Intermittent Fasting--Including the 28-Day FAST Start

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The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

Change when you eat and change your body, your health, and your life!


Diets don’t work. You know you know that, and yet you continue to try them, because what else can you do? You can Fast. Feast. Repeat. After losing over eighty pounds and keeping every one of them off, Gin Stephens started a vibrant, successful online co
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Erin
Giveaway win!

I like to stay up to date with all the latest diet trends. In the past few months I've read several articles that make Intermittent Fasting sound like some new trend, but IF has been around for years. My mother was intermittent fasting back in the 90's. My dad still does it.

Gin Stephens the author of this book says intermittent fasting is for everybody but I don't know if its for me.

I have a history of disordered eating and as much as I might like to intermittent fast I know that
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Heidi
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: important, health
Gin’s first book, Delay, Don’t Deny, changed my life. But this book really is a step above: readable, full of facts, inspiring and motivating. So pleased that this resource exists!
Brenda Wyss
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Wow! I received and ARC of this title and I am sold on the intermittent fasting way of life now! This book is a pleasure to read and fabulously researched. The nerd in me loves the pages and pages of references in the book. I am on my third week of IF thanks to Gin's well documented proof that IF changes lives. ...more
Kaley
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, food, 2020
I’ve been an IFer since discovering Gin’s first book, Delay, Don’t Deny. This week, I completed my 250th fast!

I started this journey back on October 15, 2019, and never looked back. When I began my practice (before I’d even read Delay, Don’t Deny), I had no idea how Gin Stephens and the DDD lifestyle would truly change my life and my health.

I started with 16/8, but found after a couple of days it was pretty effortless for me, and pushed to 18/6. I continued 18/6 for about three months, and at
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Carol Bakker
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol Bakker by: Gin Stephens!
2021: When I saw that Hoopla carried an audiobook of Gin Stephen's F.F.R., I didn't hesitate to click the "borrow" button. After months of alternate day fasting, I am seeing improvements in my appearance ever so slowly; even better, I feel so much better and don't dread walking up stairs.

Gin's FAST start = Fast clean, Adapt, Settle in, Tweak it till it's easy
I have lived this lifestyle for a few years, and I surely struggle more with the eating than with the fasting. By that I mean: I still ove
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Rachel
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best, most comprehensive Intermittent Fasting book I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot of them).
If you’re going to read one book that explains IF and it’s benefits (it’s a “health plan with a side affect of weight loss”), this is the one!
In the 6 months I’ve been intermittent fasting, I’ve lost weight, I’m wearing the smallest size I’ve ever worn, I’ve built muscle (hooray for a huge boost in human growth hormone that comes with fasting!), I’m sleeping better than I have in 10 years, my hair has
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Jenny
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm such a big fan of Intermittent Fasting for what it has done for me personally (balanced my hormones, increased my energy levels, given me more time, to name a few things), and Gin Stephens is such a wonderful guide to this lifestyle. I love her overarching philosophy of "delay, don't deny" and find that this way of thinking overlaps naturally into other areas of my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is even mildly interested in the IF lifestyle (Just for kicks, I'll reiterate t ...more
Teresa Lightfoot
Excellent read!

Having lost 30# and regained mental clarity and enthusiasm for life after reading Dr. Stephen’s first book, “Delay, Don’t Deny”, I was curious as to what she could add. The answer is, quite a lot! The format for this book is different, containing the most recent research and extensive references into intermittent fasting. Questions that come up repeatedly while fasting are addressed here, with solid, implementable answers. And all the while the author’s light-hearted humor propels
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Tammy
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I had read this book about six months ago. Lots of great info told in a breezy conversational manner and backed up with research. Now to put it all in practice.
Kerri Pierce
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone considering IF!
Catherine
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Delay, Don’t Deny by the same author, The Obesity Code and Intermittent Fasting, both by Jason Fung. There’s a lot of overlap between them. However, this book is the latest and so it’s most up to date and able to provide many recommendations from people who are successfully fasting. It gives good, specific instructions that should apply to the majority of people.
Michelle
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, author
An easy-to-understand guide to intermittent fasting. Gin Stephens is well-informed and relatable. I'm a huge fan of her podcast because of her humor and practical approach to health. She is always practical and realistic. Her outlook isn't extreme and is always backed by research. F.F.R. is her third book, but could easily be the first you read if you're interested in fasting. ...more
Holly Buderus
This book is really a 4-star read if you haven't already read Delay, Don't Deny. If you've read that, however, you'll find this to be a repeat of all that information, made much wordier without much added benefit. ...more
Onceinabluemoon
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this and I am very excited to put into pratice, time will tell!
Anne
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't like her ideas on "clean" fasting... but I think she's right, particularly if weight loss is the goal. I like her approach that allows the individual to adjust and adapt to personal need and situation. The previous fasting program i was on was a lot more rigid in terms of what you could/ couldn't eat during the eating window, so I think in spite of the stricter clean fast, it will be an easier approach for me that I can maintain long term. ...more
Brenda
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
If you're interested in learning about Intermittent Fasting (IF), this book will help you do that. The author is not a doctor but has done a great deal of research on the topic and has applied the concepts to her own life to lose over 80 pounds and keep it off.

The book has information on what intermittent fasting is (and what it isn't), the health benefits of IF, how to do IF including how to get started (the 28-Day FAST Start), and how to maintain an IF lifestyle.

One area that I had questions
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Jennifer Rumack
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after listening to a podcast and sharing some ideas with a friend who is currently living an "IF" lifestyle.

I found the book very informative and straight forward. I also joined the facebook groups and am beginning a journey of exploration around these concepts.
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Garry
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book as an audiobook. I have always been interested in fasting and the health benefits derived from it. This is a good read and explains the science behind fasting. As the author states, this is a health plan with the side effect of losing weight. You can eat what you want during your eating window (whole foods only recommended) and clean fast for the time you are fasting. I started a couple of days ago with an 18-hour fasting window and a 6-hour eating window and so far so go ...more
Amanda
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I read Gin first book recently so I was really worried it would be a basic repeat of that. Luckily it wasn't too repetitive. There are parts that are the same from her first book, but it was easy to skip over that. There is a lot of new study on IF that I found really interesting. I also thought the additional information about how to start fasting was nice. I kinda went into it blindly so putting it out there for people is nice. It was also nice to read about it to see how I can change my IF ...more
Lisa
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book - written by an elementary school teacher with a heavy dose of actual science review. She has a fun and light writing style and I didn't find any glaring anti-science or misinterpretations of the scientific literature. I am not sure yet if I'll try it, but Stephens makes a compelling case (and in an easy to read way) for intermittent fasting as a lifestyle that is easier and healthier for your body and physiology. It isn't a typical diet book (no recipes, no meal plan ...more
Tori
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. I will keep it not only as a resource but as a motivational tool. Gin Stephen's speaks in a very conversational tone, explaining tricky science facts and figures in a way that's easily understood and useful.

If you want to learn about intermittent fasting, this is the book to read!
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Robin McCool
A hard read when I was reading lots of nonfiction for work during a pandemic, I gave it a second try, got the gist of it and was prepared to start, until I got to the last paragraph's warnings about higher cholesterol. I need to have my cholesterol checked within the month, so there's no way to even consider implementing it now. It would have been nice to know sooner. ...more
Thelma Fountain
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a guide book for intermittent fasting. The writer tells about how fasting affects the metaboic system to help with weight loss. It seems a lot of research went into this study. There is a lot of information contained in the book. I think it would be a good resource for anyone considering fasting in order to lose weight.
SusanwithaGoodBook
I've been doing Delay Don't Deny for five weeks now and I like it and can see a bit of (slow) progress. This is Gin's newest book and is the same plan but with a lot more detail and organization in the info. I like this one best and if you're only going to read one of hers, let this one be the one. ...more
Irina
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked: reading real success stories
What I was missing: scientific side of IF. For that I would recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s books.
Nolan
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nls-audio
Call me messed up or unstable or whatever, but I’m one of these doubtless annoying people who has conditioned himself to find miracles amidst the mundane. They really are everywhere. I comfort myself by thinking I’m in good company. Walt Whitman authored a magnificent poem about miracles amidst the mundane, so if it works for an ardent Lincoln supporter and contemporary as he was, it works for me. The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled released this book at the exact time ...more
Rob
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Stephens has done a nice job of improving on her first book, Delay, Don't Deny.

Fast. Feast. Repeat. is very similar in tone and narrative, but Dr. Stephens's growing experience with I.F. and in helping others shows through. While it is similar to her first book, it is worth reading. The new information is helpful.

I've lost nearly 50 pounds with the I.F. lifestyle and I've plateaued several times. I like the section dedicated to shaking things up, and I think the suggestions for altering the
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Piepie
This was an excellent resource as an introduction to intermittent fasting (which I've been doing since the fall). Definitely a book I'll want to buy for my own so I can mark it up and underline things! I recommend you join Gin's Facebook groups (especially her IF one) to get all kinds of help and answers. ...more
Wendy
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned so much from this book. I read DDD with my daughter in December 2019. I began this journey January 2020. What a year! So I’m only down 10 lbs in a year and felt I needed a reboot. This was just the book for that. Starting over today.
Cameronne
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes the science behind fasting so easy to understand!
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