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The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting [Kindle Edition]

Michael Mosley , Mimi Spencer
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Book Description

The #1 New York Times bestseller

Is it possible to eat normally, five days a week, and become slimmer and healthier as a result?

Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week—500 calories for women, 600 for men. You’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.

Scientific trials of intermittent fasters have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off, but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. “The scientific evidence is strong that intermittent fasting can improve health,” says Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, and Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.

This book brings together the results of new, groundbreaking research to create a dietary program that can be incorporated into your busy daily life, featuring:

• Forty 500- and 600-calorie meals that are quick and easy to make
• 8 pages of photos that show you what a typical “fasting meal” looks like
• The cutting-edge science behind the program
• A calorie counter that makes dieting easy
• And much more.

Far from being just another fad, the FastDiet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that could transform your health. This is your indispensable guide to simple and effective weight loss, without fuss or the need to endlessly deprive yourself.


Editorial Reviews

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"A health revolution."

  (New York Times)

“Fans of the FastDiet report becoming radically healthier by fasting two days a week.” (Good Morning America)

“The biggest diet revolution since Atkins.” (Daily Mail)

“The only diet you'll ever need.” (Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

Dr. Michael Mosley is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The FastDiet, published in thirty-two languages around the world. He trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London before joining the BBC, where he has been a science journalist, executive producer, and, more recently, a well-known television presenter. He has won numerous television awards, including an RTS (Royal Television Award) and being named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.

Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author. A feature writer and columnist for newspapers and magazines, she is the coauthor of The FastDiet and the author of 101 Things to Do Before You Diet.

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1,093 of 1,124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Weight Loss Method! February 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are many ways to lose weight from counting point to micro-managing carbs. But almost all of them involve eating less calories on a daily basis. The result - you lose weight but let's face it the prospect of eating less every day gets old. And in many cases weight that is shed is quickly put back on.

Enter Dr. Michael Mosley with "The Fast Diet". Dr. Mosley a science researcher, investigated how fasting can result in enormous benefits such as increased longevity, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol and much more. He presented his findings in the British television BBC special documentary "Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer".

Instead of a pure fast Dr. Mosley found that you could enjoy many benefits from eating a reduced calorie diet just 2 days a week and eating normally the other 5. For women about 500 calories and for men about 600 on the 2 lower calorie days. Based on the documentary thousands of British people tried eating this way and found it to be fast, effective and much easier than a traditional diet.

In the book, "The Fast Diet", Dr. Mosley presents the science behind how and why the diet works. His co-author Mini Spencer shares menu plans and tips to make the plan user friendly. The book also includes color photographs so you get a feel for what a low calorie day looks like. And there are inspirational accounts from people who are using the diet, losing weight and enjoying greater health and renewed vitality.

A typical 500 calorie day on the plan might include a small apple, small mango and small boiled egg (223 calories) for breakfast and a tuna, bean and garlic salad for dinner (267 calories). Or you could spread your calories between lunch and dinner or eat them at one main meal. The plan is very flexible.
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329 of 343 people found the following review helpful
By Rachel
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I read this book very carefully, since I was VERY skeptical. I had been adhering to the "Eat 5 or 6 small meals" hype so that I could keep my metabolism in fat burning mode. I see now that that's as big a crock as the whole low fat diet scam of the 90s where I ate disgusting Snackwells cookies and other low fat/high sugar processed junk thinking I was doing myself a favor.

But this book completely convinced me that your body doesn't go into the dreaded starvation mode until you have fasted for days or maybe even weeks. Certainly not after one day of low calorie eating. It's just the opposite. A little hunger puts you into fat-burning mode. And I can tell it's working. I've lost 7 of my EXTREMELY stubborn 15 pounds that I've been trying to lose, in just 3 weeks, and it's not just water weight. My measurements are smaller and people are asking me what my secret is! I have more energy on both fast and feast days, and my stamina us up. My exercise instructor said she was amazed at how much stronger I seem lately.

Because of my new understanding of how hunger affects the body, on my feast days I don't feel like I have to rush to eat right when I'm hungry. I actually like to wait until I have a nice big appetite. The food tastes better, and since I'm only eating 3 times a day I can really enjoy that bigger meal. It fulfills me much more than those diet-y little meals I was eating before. I think that's why I always used to fall off the healthy wagon. I was never really satisfied. Also, I don't stuff my face the way I would before if I got too hungry. Before if I happened to get really hungry, I'd pig out, thinking that I deserved to really go crazy since I hadn't eaten all day. Now I just see getting good and hungry as natural, and then I eat a reasonable amount.
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1,971 of 2,127 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try the diet, skip the book March 13, 2013
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The 5:2 diet plan is pretty simple, two days a week you keep your calories to a minuscule 500/600 per day and the rest of the week eat normally. The author claims that a) you will lose weight and b) it will dramatically improve your long term health.

Let me address the first part. I have been trying the diet for a couple of weeks and it has been working for me. I am one of those people that has that stubborn last 10-15 pounds to lose and I have made more progress, down about 8 lbs since trying the diet. I find the diet really easy to follow, basically 2 days a week I watch what I eat and keep to the 600 calories. On those days, I drink more coffee and tea then usual to keep myself from eating, but once resigned to a fast day, basically you just have to make it through the day. I pick Mondays because they stink anyhow and one other day. Oddly, once you get used to it, the fasting is really no big deal. I get hungry a couple times a day and it is amazing a cup of green tea and the hunger goes away. While 600 calories is not a lot, it is enough to function, work and workout without any difficulties.

I do truly believe that this plan will work for me long term as I consider it more of a strategy then a diet. (The strategy concept was in the book.) Basically, I need to cut my calories down and was not very good at knocking off 500 calories a day for a week by eating slightly less. So this I think will work for me. (I will circle back in a month with a weight update.)

Moving to the book. I have two issues with the book. The plan is so blazingly simple (which may be part of its appeal) that you really don't need a book. Cut your calories to 500/600 per day twice a week and that is what you do. Once you get your goal weight go to one day a week.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This is a good book! It has inspired me to eat less often. I was of the belief that I need 3 meals per day but I don't.
Published 7 hours ago by frizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book is a good read. It is very similar to the documentary. I had only watched the documentary the day before so found it all a bit repetitive. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Benn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Excellent book, I enjoyed reading it and am beginning the 5:2 diet myself based on this book.
Published 2 days ago by Kate B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So far very effective
Published 2 days ago by Elizabeth A Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing weight has been a challenge for me, but ...
Losing weight has been a challenge for me, but always possible until I hit a certain age! This plan
helped me get to goal, FINALLY!!!! Thanks SO MUCH!
Published 2 days ago by Kathryn Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but it does take...
Great book, but it does take commitment to master. This book will help you lose weight. One other thing to keep in mind is that the reason most American adults are overweight is... Read more
Published 3 days ago by pete sentilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great If You're Disciplined
I think it's a worthy idea. I've watched Michael Mosley's documentary and would like to adhere to this plan but I'm not very disciplined and I only stuck with it for about three... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Judi J.
5.0 out of 5 stars I just feel better and eat more thoughtfully
This book makes a lot of sense. I don't need to lose weight but this method will help me get and maintain control over my cholesterol without any drugs. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John D. Nachtrieb
5.0 out of 5 stars The eating plan is easy and flexible without the elimination of...
Lost 25 lbs. in five months and have kept the weight off for seven months! The eating plan is easy and flexible without the elimination of certain foods.
Published 5 days ago by Dana Fairman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it is okay
Published 5 days ago by Barbara Burklow
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