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AC: The Power of Appetite Correction Paperback – October 13, 2015
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About the Author
In 2005, Bert Herring ("Dr. Bert") showed the world a way to maintain practical, sustainable intermittent fasting with his first book, The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. Ten years later, he's added over a dozen tools--all sustainable lifestyle options--to help you achieve appetite correction and fat loss without calorie counting or food restrictions.
With a range of experience, from the no-nonsense world of the US Marine infantry to cutting-edge cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, Bert maintains a strong sense of practicality and respect for real life. "Life is for the living," he says, "The way you eat has to be compatible with a life of spontaneity, fun and variety. Losing fat is almost impossible if you're working against your body, rather than with it."
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I expected some scientific support for this being an especially healthy way of eating (including possibly the effect of fasting on increasing neuron growth in the brain). I expected some scientific support for this way of eating being an effective way to lose weight and limit your hunger. I expected some scientific support for this way of eating being superior to other diets including other fasting diets. I got none of this.
This book is a quick read because there is not much of interest in it. I thought that in buying the newer book that I would get all kinds of information to support the effectiveness and desirability of this diet. All we get is the general idea and some musings around the subject. Seriously, this is a very lazy and pretty much worthless book.
If you are interested in this diet, I would suggest just going to the authors blog and downloading the free ebook. I haven't read the ebook, but the idea is so simple and "AC: The Power of Appetite Correction" adds very little to this simple idea.
I was researching Intermittent Fasting when I came across Dr. Herrings new book. It looked interesting so I purchased a copy. I couldn't put it down and kept reading until the end! It had a lot of Ah Ha moments where I realized where I had gone wrong using Fast-5. I had cut my food down to only one meal but what a meal! I ate till I was almost bursting because I couldn't eat again until tomorrow. I wasn't gaining weight but my goals always seemed just out of reach.
It's too early to say how well this is going to end up but I'm very enthused and excited that I may have finally found something that works. I'm going to eat until I'm not hungry, not until I'm stuffed. I'm also following the principles outlined in "The perfect health diet" by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, also available from Amazon.
I plan on writing another review in a few months to report on my success. This new book is just the extra knowledge I needed to make Fast-5 work! Need I say it again? I'm pumped! This book may just be the kick in the pants I needed to succeed!
I have read countless upon countless books on dieting, which I think in the end will help guide me to make good food choices, but the ideas in this book give a fresh view on how to overcome the seemingly incessant (though correctable) need to eat all the time. It's not eating the right food (I've been doing that for years). It's not about following so-and-so's expert menu whether or not you're hungry. Losing fat is about getting to know your body, respecting it, and letting it do its work.
I like that Dr. Herring doesn't feel the need to preach to the reader about what he/she should eat. He starts with helping you to get a sense of your body's hunger signals. He then suggests some ideas for "healthy" eating. From my experience in nutrition, his suggestions are simple and spot on.
Furthermore, Dr. Herring obviously has obtained some experience with his Fast-5, and he provides many solutions for challenges that might be faced through this approach of a daily eating window. The ideas he shares provide a way to avoid the potholes in the road.
This is the best "diet"/"emotional eating" book I have read. From the use of humor (caution, the F-word -- "fat" -- is used liberally throughout this book) to rock solid suggestions this will be a go-to book for me that I will read and re-read. Absolutely great material.
For more "hard-core" fitness people, the Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler is another nice resource with overlapping ideas. It gets more complex in terms of what to eat and takes a little bit of a different approach (dare I say it is not as "user friendly" as AC). I would really only suggest the Warrior Diet book to those who have a strong interest in nutrition and fitness or who would like more information about specific supplements and fueling intense workouts. Mr. Hofmekler also gives some details on workout approaches which are challenging, if not a little hard to understand, but are very good. For just a simple lifestyle change manual, Dr. Herring's AC is superior and will get the average user quite far. If you are interested in some more "low key", but solid approaches to just getting some of your basic movement patterns back (touching your toes, rolling, etc.), I would recommend originalstrength.com. Tim Anderson has some great YouTube videos with a lot of ways you can reset your movement patterns. These exercises would be a nice complement to AC.
This is book is a keeper. Thanks to Dr. Herring for sharing his insightful approach and experience!