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The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off Kindle Edition

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"Dr. Varady has done extensive research to prove you can quickly and safely lose weight-anywhere from 5 to 50 pounds, and more-[...and] her research shows you can keep it off. That's my kind of diet! (--Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health)

"Finally, amidst the sea of baseless fad diet books lining bookstore shelves, you have a weight loss guide formulated from rigorous scientific research and sound evidence.... I plan to use this diet plan with my patients!" (-Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, nationally recognized nutritionist and
author of three books on cardiovascular disease prevention

"Dr. Varady's rigorous studies of alternate-day fasting have established its powerful ability to promote weight loss. The Every-Other-Day Diet is an authoritative description of how and why alternate-day fasting is beneficial, providing guidelines and practical advice for incorporating intermittent fasting into one's weekly routine." (-Mark Mattson, PhD, chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging,
professor of neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

About the Author

Krista Varady, PhD, is an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois and the world's leading researcher into alternate-day fasting. She has published more than 30 papers on the topic in prestigious journals such as The American Journal of Nutrition and Obesity, and she has discussed her breakthrough findings with consumer magazines, such as Elle and Men's Health.
Bill Gottlieb, CHC, is the bestselling author of 11 health books and a Certified Health Coach. He is a former editor-in-chief of Rodale Books and Prevention Magazine Health Books, and has written for Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, Runner's World, Self, and many other publications.

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  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO79BW0
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This book is clearly written and straightforward, which I like, but science-based. I've lost 75 pounds in a little over a year on alternate day fasting (every other day dieting), and it is truly the easiest diet to stick to of any I've ever tried. What sets this book apart is that everything is research based and grounded on Varady's human studies. I learned new insights from the book, and am planning on trying the recipes and maintenance plans (when I get there). The book is good, but the diet itself is amazing. If you are considering this book and are nervous about the idea of only 500 calories every other day, don't let that stop you from trying it. Your body quickly adjusts and after the first week or so the diet days will be no problem ... and you can really enjoy the non-diet days! It's so much easier to restrict only half the time vs. feeling deprived every day, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Knowing you can have whatever you're craving tomorrow really works.
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It is very rare to be able to say that someone whom I've never met has changed my life. Thank you Dr Varady.

I had never experienced a weight problem until I reached my late 40's. Throughout my 50's I kept slowly gaining weight until I had to face the fact that I was no longer 126lbs but pushing 159lbs! I knew that without a plan I would continue to gain weight, so I joined Jenny Craig and it took almost a year but I did finally lose the weight and got back to 128lbs. That was a difficult year because I was hungry all the time and couldn't wait for the next snack. If I met my husband at a restaurant I would watch him eat anything he wanted while I would move my glass of water to block my view of his food and then eat my frozen dinner at home.

As it turned out, reaching my goal,although difficult, was only half the problem - maintaining it afterwards was even harder because now I was going to have to be counting and weighing and measuring everything I ate if I wanted to eat outside the "box". I also found out after being tested for food allergies that I was highly allergic to tomatoes, peas and walnuts which is in most of the Jenny Craig frozen dinners and was the cause of my year long jaw and neck pain. When I stopped eating the frozen foods with these ingrediants my pain disappeared within two days. But without Jenny Craig I gained my weight back to 151lbs and realized that whether I liked it or not, I was going to have to write everything I ate down and start doing the work of counting those calories every day, every meal, for the rest of my life! It was so depressing but it was going to be my New Years resolution for 2014.

Luckily in Dec 2013 I saw Dr Varady on "CBS This Morning" talking about this book and her research.
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Just to add to the chorus, this diet does work. I was part of the clinical studies Dr Varaday held at UIC. I lost about 25 lbs during the 8 week program, then took a few months off for the holidays. I did not gain any weight back during that break! This year, I started the diet again for about 8 weeks, and am now down a total of 40 lbs from last fall. That's a lot of weight. And all I did was stick (close enough so) to the Every Other Day Diet.
When I tell others that I only consume 500 calories every other day, they think it's unhealthy, etc. It's not. Read the book. What this diet does is train you and your body about hunger and overeating. The basic math is simple - burn more calories than you consume and you will lose weight! Sure, I get hungry on the "fast" days, but not only am I used to not eating as much as I did before, but I've now know how to deal with hunger. I still eat all the same foods I did previously, I still enjoy beer as I used too, but I am now completely aware of how much food I consume and what it does to my weight.
And remember on the "feed days", it's not WHAT you eat, it's HOW MUCH you eat! Don't biggie size anything! Portion control! Split a kids fry with the entire family. Drink water. Only eat fried foods once a month. Limit bread, cheese, milk, mayo. Don't drink soft drinks, ever. Smaller plates. Skip dessert. On the fast days, celery and Louisiana Hot Sauce. Black coffee. a variety of Lean Cuisines (don't eat the same ones, too boring!) Self-weigh every morning. Ditch the old clothes as soon as you fit into smaller ones. Look in the mirror. Don't fear hunger - deal with it.
When I meet people I haven't seen in while, they can't believe how much weight I've lost. Nothing motivates more than that compliment.
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My husband and I have been using this for about 3 months, have each lost about 30 pounds and feel like we have found the magic bullet. We are in our 50s, both struggled with life long weight problems and now have found something that works for us and we can stay with. Yes, the near fast days can be a challenge but it's ONE day, and the most amazing and gratifying part is that when tomorrow comes and you can eat freely, more often than not, all those things you thought you HAD to have the day before just aren't that important. We have not been perfect, we went on a 10 day family wedding road trip and we made the conscious decision to take a break from diet, but when we got home we both agreed that we were actually looking forward to a fast day and we got right back on track. Both of us have always struggled with major sugar cravings and this has really moderated that for both of us. Yes we still eat some sweet things but we don't suffer from the intense cravings and most amazingly, we find ourselves willing to get rid of something that isn't special, case in point, took a box of Twinkies to the office to give away after tasting one and saying to ourselves, ehhh, not that good. We find we are much more choosy about what we do eat.

For those who will start by saying "no way I could fast a whole day", let me point out that if you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. Here's a tip, on your first semi fast day, you might pick a day when you can literally stay in bed all day. Alternatively, get yourself a couple of frozen dinners 250 calories or less and use those to get through the day. My husband and I get up on a fast day, have coffee with 1/2 & 1/2 and then go as long as we can before eating.
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