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The Fast Diet : The Secret of Intermittent Fasting  -  Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer - Mimi Spencer

The Fast Diet

The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer

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Is it possible to eat what you like, most of the time, and get thinner and healthier as you do it? Simple answer: yes.

By simply quartering your calorie intake on two non-consecutive days each week (500 calories for women, 600 for men), you'll lose weight quickly and easily -and the joy of the Fast Diet is that the side-effects are all good.

The science is indisputable: intermittent fasting takes your body out of 'go-go' mode and puts it into survival mode. This causes the body to slow production of new cells and instead repair old ones. You not only lose weight, you reduce your risk of a range of diseases, from diabetes, asthma and arthritis to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. You also slow the ageing process and boost your brain.

This book brings together the results of recent revolutionary research to create a dietary programme that anyone can incorporate into their normal working life. It also includes more than 40 'Fast 500' and '600' recipes by The Times nutritionist Sarah Marber.

Far from being just another 'fad', The Fast Diet is a lifestyle choice which doctors are actually recommending for general health. This is your indispensible guide to making the kilograms fly off, while eating all the foods you love.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

As someone who is following this method I am only too happy to endorse fasting as more than a fad. The health benefits go beyond weight loss (new brain cells, everybody!) and once you establish a routine, it's easy to stick to without getting bored.

If you are jaded about weight loss programs you may find this suits you. It is, despite what you might think, less punitive than other techniques and a manageable, steady way to work towards a specific goal ie a wedding or holiday as well as a long term program to change your habits.

About the Author

Dr Michael Mosley is a British journalist, physician, producer and TV presenter. His Horizon Programme, Eat, Fast, Live Longer, had a phenomenal global response when it was broadcast on BBC Two in August.

Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for titles including the Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Observer Food Monthly. She is the author of 101 Things To Do Before You Diet.

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    Easy lifestyle diet

    I went into this book with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. The 5:2 approach is explained clearly and thoughtfully. The recipe section provided me with some simple and practical ideas and ...Read complete review

    I went into this book with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. The 5:2 approach is explained clearly and thoughtfully. The recipe section provided me with some simple and practical ideas and I am now thinking of purchasing the separate recipe book.

    It presents a good alternative for people that have found traditional restrictive diets difficult to follow.

    The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a more detailed and technical relation of the science involved as the overview provided was quite interesting but brief.

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    I did not find the book very useful because it followed the television show so closely.

    I did not find the book very useful because it followed the television show so closely.

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    The Fast Diet

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      I found this book well written and easy to follow. Now that I have commenced The Fast Diet I also recommend this to anyone who is healthy and is looking to loose some weight.

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      4.0

      Makes perfect sense

      By Dot who can't budge her body fat

      from Hobart, Tasmania

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        This is a must read for those who have tried different eating plans, and not kept the plan going or failed. The content makes sense, it works, it also promotes self-discipline and motivation. Give it a go, you will be surprised at how easy it can be!

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        5.0

        What an eye opener!

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          A great read for anyone wanting a healthier lifestyle that is different to constant dieting. Already working for us!

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          The Fast Diet

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            I did not find the book very useful because it followed the television show so closely.

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            4.0

            Well researched and backed up with fact.

            By Tried them all

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              I would recommend this book and its content for all those out there that have tried everything else. Losing weight was only one of the bonuses. My Liver is thanking me over and over. You can do it!

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              New diet approach

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                This book has confirmed for me that at least it is worth a try, and I have lost weigh at each weekly weigh-in.

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                Great read...

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                  Very good science

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                  real world diet

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                    THIS IS THE NEW BENCH MARK FOR REAL WORLD LIFE STYLE.

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                    Refreshingly realistic

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                      Presents a practical background principle to weight control, with factual data backup. The writers make no exorbitant claims, but point out how the programme will help you achieve realistic weight targets. The "plan" is simple and flexible, and should not be difficult to implement.
                      Several friends recommended this book highly, and I endorse their opinion heartily after a month of following its guidelines

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                      5.0

                      You can do it too!!

                      By Nanna maz

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                      • This Is A Must Have Book
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                      This book is a must have for everyone who's tried to lose weight and just can't do it. This eating plan is easy, non draining, no tedious weighing or measuring, just stick to it for best results. I'd recommend it to anyone trying to lose weight without the hard work. Brilliantly written and easy to read.

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                      The biggest diet revolution since the Atkins --Daily Mail The only diet you'll ever need --Mail on Sunday The diet that works --Radio Times The year's most talked about weight-loss trend --Daily Express Intermittent fasting is ideal for those of us who can just about manage to be good, but lack the long-distance rigour of saints --Allison Pearson The scientific evidence that Intermittent Fasting can have numerous health benefits is strong --Professor Mark Mattson, National Institute on Ageing A modern phenomenon...it sometimes seems as if every other person you meet is following the fast diet --The Guardian

                      ISBN: 9781780721675
                      ISBN-10: 1780721676
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 256
                      Published: 10th January 2013
                      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 11.9  x 2.1
                      Weight (kg): 0.21