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The Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your "Skinny Gene," Shed the Pounds, and Live a Longer and HealthierLife Paperback – April 7, 2009
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book explains quite clearly why this is a good diet, and the health benefits one gains from it. It answered all my questions and provided a good path to losing my belly fat.Published 3 months ago by Susan Maury
This book is incredible. The science, the explanation of the psychological issues with dieting, was just profound. Easily understood yet technical enough to make sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jody A Kraner
Great write up of the idea that humans evolved to have a substantial number of days when the available food was NOT all you would have wanted. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul A. Martin
I started the HCG Diet 4 1/2 years ago. I lost 45 pounds and kept it off for 3 years. I got out of the habit of watching what I eat and started back on the ICE CREAM! Read morePublished 12 months ago by BlondieinHouston