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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804138400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804138406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Revolutionary and clinically proven" Good Housekeeping "the key to easier - and longer lasting - weight loss" Red magazine "Following a strict diet for just two days of the week is a far more effective way to lose weight than trying to calorie count all the time" Daily Mail "No calorie counting, no going hungry and it takes only TWO DAYS a week ... guarantees weight loss" Daily Mail "Easy to follow and stick to ... clinically proven" -- Jenni Murray --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

DR. MICHELLE HARVIE is an award-winning research dietitian at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention. PROFESSOR TONY HOWELL is Professor of Medical Oncology and Research Director of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

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Easy to follow and very clear on what to eat.
Migraine
The 2 day diet is probably a good thing if you are home most of the time but it doesn't work if you have 30 minutes to prepare dinner.
A. Cleveland
For anyone who likes low carb diets, this is just a very poor spin on South Beach, Atkins, Dukan.
Lucy in PA

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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Verax on June 20, 2013
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Compare this book to the one that started the 5:2 fast diet craze, "The Fast Diet," by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. http://www.amazon.com/The-FastDiet-Healthy-Intermittent-Fasting/dp/1476734941 .

That book is based on the theory of intermittent fasting, with clinical benefits going beyond weight loss. Mosley goes into the science behind the theory, including reference to Harvie's study. Mosley asserts that compliance ought to be easier because one can eat liberally on the five other days.

I wrongly imagined that Harvie and Howell might improve on the 5:2 fast diet by not only including recipes but by modifying the liberal five-day diet into a real Mediterranean one. But disappointingly, Harvie's book here is just another weight loss diet without real fasting, a little more protein on two days with low carbs, and 1100 calories instead of the 600 or 500 calories allowed on the fast days of Mosley's plan, but a normal calorie-restricted diet on the other 5 days. It adds some exercise advice. I failed to see anything special about the recipes.

Although the book cover quotes Good Housekeeping (UK) as "revolutionary and clinically proven," this is questionable. This book refers to just one short small new original study of women with breast cancer who dieted, and it depends a lot on anecdotes instead of peer-reviewed science. I think the idea was that those with breast cancer might diet, lose weight, and have better outcomes from the cancer, but the study didn't show that.

This book was written before the NEJM publication of the PREDIMED Mediterranean diet.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2013
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Everyone knows what dieting is about but this publication seems to tackle the biggest failure point - how do you stick to deprivation eating long term. Book is pretty straaight forward - the usual research findings, medical claims, success stories although the research quoted seems conservative so likely to be more accurate. Diet itself consists of very restricted carb eating for 2 days and a norma diet the other 5. Straightforward reading, simple diet to follow.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lenny on April 30, 2013
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I have never read a book such as this in e form previously. I felt it is not suitable for this format. Many of the tables could not be read or interpreted. Ended up buying hard copy, as was a good book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger on August 4, 2013
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I wasn't wild about the recipes. I have adopted the concept. We eat low carb 2 days a week we eat meatless one day a week and we stay between 1300 and 1700 calaries per day on the remainder of days. It is easy to stay on the program. My wife ani I are both loosing weight.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nic on March 15, 2013
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A very good book and diet . it is working and especially great as it is only two days a week.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Bonsey on August 28, 2013
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I am loving this diet so far. I quit smoking 6 months ago and really packed on the pounds quite rapidly and finally found something that works for me. I never feel hungry which is a great miracle and I have a lot more energy for exercising. I am losing weight-average 3-4 lbs a week (but I am quite heavy). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the charts which you have to keep flipping back and forth to understand. Much easier to figure it out if on consecutive pages or maybe a pullout chart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By caffeinebrain VINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
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The best book on 5:2 dieting there is. Why? This one is based on REAL research. Every 5:2 diet study implemented on humans uses two consecutive days of 600 calories, NOT 500 calories any two days you want. Why? Scientists feel there are health benefits, among other reasons (like appetite regulation) that come with two consecutive days. I like the two days in a row better. I get them over with, then can eat what I want the other five days (I do eat healthy though). In fact Mark Mattson, famous intermittent fasting researcher is now doing a study based on two consecutive days of dieting at 640 cals a day, and eating as you normally would the rest of the week.

I really love this book. Really nice information and tips. And no, I do not follow the food exchange Meditteranean Diet the other five days (per the book), I am doing what the new study suggests; just eating as I normally do. That said, there is still so much useful information to be gained from this book, along with nice recipes.

Highly recommended if you are dipping your toes into 5:2 eating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tess on April 11, 2013
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Easy to read and follow. Good selection of recipes and easy to follow meal plans plus the diet works! I lost 7lbs in ten days
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