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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James B Johnson, M.D., an instructor in plastic surgery in the U.S., retired after more than twenty years in private practice to pursue his long-time interest in alternate-day calorie restriction. After witnessing many of his patients struggle with their weight, he became committed to finding a way for them to achieve a healthy body weight and improve their health without the stress and difficulty of complying with traditional diets. He has since become one of the foremost innovators in this field, having published various scientific articles and also conducting the first study to show how alternate-day calorie restriction can treat disease. His book, The Alternate-Day Diet, is revolutionizing the way that people approach dieting, and offers insights into how alternate-day calorie restriction can prevent disease, increase energy, and slow the ageing process. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I needed a plan that I could commit to every day.
J. Shepherd
The book is very easy to read and is written in a way that encourages you to understand the science behind why this works.
Panache
Not to say that I go crazy, but still... I'm losing weight and feeling amazing.
A Rose by any Other Name

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451 of 457 people found the following review helpful By Jon Zuck on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an ongoing review which I updated frequently for over a year, monitoring my progress, starting on Jan 18, 2010. The blog-like updates follow this summary.

The Alternate-Day Diet (ADD for short) is the best plan I've found thus far for quick weight loss (I lost 43 lbs on it in six months). It truly changed my life, and I'm forever grateful for that. I was in better health, in better shape, better-looking, more confident, more social, and more physically active than I had been in decades. My four-star rating is a tribute to how it helped me achieve those changes. This diet is effective and *relatively* easy considering how drastically it restricts calories.

But make no mistake, this is a starvation diet which cuts your average caloric intake in half! It can be difficult or impossible for active people to sustain for the long term, and it slowed down my metabolism like other quick weight-loss diets. After six months, it quickly became a study in frustration, with no lasting additional weight loss. However, it's possible that less active people will find it easier than I did.

So do I recommend it? It's not that simple. You'll have to make your own decision. These are some pro and cons.

Pros:
1. It works! You can definitely expect to experience dramatic weight loss, and to sustain it for several months.
2. No foods are forbidden. After a two-week introductory period, only calories are restricted, and only every other day. You can literally have your cake and eat it, too.
3. Results come quickly, so you get positive reinforcement quickly and often.
4. No changes are required in your shopping, but you'll save money by eating less.
5. Your body will not have to adjust to a major shift in food types.
6.
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202 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Julia Noble on April 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been following this lifestyle for over two years since discovering it online, and I consider it utterly revolutionary; I plan to do it for the rest of my life and I believe that everyone (who is medically capable) should do so as well. Few things have changed my life as dramatically as this diet. I moderate an online community with over 300 members and the overwhelming majority agree with me.

In addition to the obvious benefit of achieving and maintaining a slender figure, this diet can improve inflammatory disorders (arthritis, asthma, tendonitis, allergies), expand cognition, increase your energy levels, reduce your risk of developing cancer, and extend your life (while maintaining a youthful state). It's also an incredibly easy diet to follow and stick to, which is rare when it comes to weight-loss inducing diets. My personal benefits include weight loss, body fat reduction and redistribution (especially targeted loss of abdominal fat), reduced environmental allergy symptoms, complete remission of my crippling tendonitis, more energy & less need for sleep, improved exercise strength & endurance, and most notably, enhanced cognition. I'm now able to fully comprehend material, such as advanced topics in physics, that I formerly failed to grasp despite numerous attempts, and I can juggle more ideas and trains of thought in my mind at at time.

The book is reasonably well-written and generally enjoyable and easy to read. I feel that Dr. Johnson makes good use of evidence (and does not dumb down the data), and only rarely makes unfounded or exaggerated statements.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Shepherd on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just want to say that I can stick with this way of eating without a problem. I'm 32 and have always been overweight since I was a child. In my early to mid 20's I tried every popular diet with some success, kept 75% of the weight down over the last 7 years, but just couldn't keep that last 30-40 pounds off. The only and I mean only thing that helped me get to my goal weight was long term fasting, but just like anyone else the pounds slowly crept back on once I stopped fasting. I needed a plan that I could commit to every day. Other diets just left me deprived and depressed. Well I gave this diet a shot and I feel awesome. I'm never deprived and feel very satisfied other than a little bit of irritability in the first couple weeks on my down days, but that's it. I have lost about 2 pounds per week so far and my clothes are getting way too big for me. The only weird thing is I'm getting very vivid dreams when I sleep after my up day, but I don't mind it, I kind of like it. I exercise every day for about 30 minutes, I eat around 500 calories per day on my down day and around 3000 calories on my up day. I would recommend this diet to anyone. I have more energy than I have had in years, getting a lot of things done.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Rose by any Other Name on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Last year I lost the same 10lbs, over and over and over until I found the Alternate Day Diet!

I've been following this way of eating AKA: JUDDD (Johnsons Up Day Down Day) since the beginning of December 2010 and it's been a miracle for me. I've lost 30lbs (as of May 27th) and I feel great! This is not to say it's easy. The calorie restricted days are difficult at times. The difference here, is you only have to "diet" every other day! It's perfect for me. I have learned a lot about eating according to calories, something I have never done before. I'm in touch with my body now, I know the difference between hunger and boredom. I also use this in conjunction with lower carb eating (50-100 gm) and it works very well.

Another wonderful aspect of the plan is maintenance. By cutting back your down days (to two a week) you should be able to easily maintain your weight loss, and keep any small gains under control by throwing in an extra down day to your maintenance schedule. Being able to maintain your weight loss is a huge issue for many people. Yo Yo dieting is not healthy. This diet offers a reasonable maintenance plan to help keep the pounds truly gone.

The most compelling reason for me to continue on The Alternate Day Diet, is how good I feel. I sleep really well, digestion problems are gone, and my asthma symptoms have improved greatly. This is something I've read about with the alternate calorie diet but didn't think it would really make a difference. I was wrong, it does! I plan on eating this way until I lose all the weight I want, then I'll transition to the maintenance phase and keep it off!
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