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review 2018-06-13 21:28
An honest, simple, and clear explanation of intermittent fasting as a weight loss method and good tips on how to implement it.
Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method - John Zehren

I must confess that I have struggled with my weight from very early on (well, all my life) and, like the author of this book have tried (or read about) a variety of diets. In my case, if something doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t try it, especially if it is something long-term. (I am a doctor but I’ve worked mostly as a psychiatrist, and I cannot claim specific expertise on this subject, even if I’ve read plenty about it). I have been hearing about intermittent fasting for quite a while and know people who have tried some versions of it (like eating only 500 calories two days a week), and I felt curious when I saw this book on offer for free. After all, fasting has a long tradition and plenty of people and cultures adhere to it, in one fashion or another.

The book is easy to read (I read it all in one evening), and although it is packed with information, it is not overly complicated. There is some degree of repetition because some of the information is relevant to several of the points the author discusses but does not get excessive or boring. The style of writing is conversational, and it is easy to imagine that you are talking to the author, who comes across as a knowledgeable and likable person, fully convinced of the goodness of the method, and interested in sharing it with as many people as possible. I’d recommend checking a sample of the book to make sure it suits the reader’s taste.

While many books of this kind try to sell you something (a method that involves subscribing and paying for a programme or buying supplements or other books, foods to be delivered at home, an exercise programme), this is not the case here. The author clearly states that he does not have time to prepare elaborate meals or to exercise for hours on end, but what he can do is not eat. The plan might not suit everybody as it does require a big deal of discipline and strong will (most diets do) but it is pretty flexible, and it makes sense. Different people feel differently, but for some, it might be easier to have nothing at all to eat at times than to try to restrict the amount of this or that or engage in very complex routines. The book contains testimonials from a variety of people who have tried fasting as a method to lose and control their weight and have found it useful, some for a large number of years. I particularly liked the idea of having an emergency plan and making a strong commitment to take action if the weight goes over a certain level. Personally, I cannot say if the plan works or not as described, but I’d recommend the book as an interesting read for people considering fasting as a method to control their weight.

My only warning would be that readers must pay attention to the fact that the book mentions that it might not be a suitable method for people with certain medical problems as it does not place a lot of emphasis on that aspect. I’d recommend anybody with chronic health conditions or taking regular medication to check with their physicians before attempting this.

An easy-to-read book that proposes a simple weight loss and maintenance plan that will particularly appeal to those with little time and who prefer simple options (not easy, though).

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review 2015-06-22 19:37
The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery - Michelle Stacey

Thank you so much, Jackie, for passing this along to me. It really is a must read for lovers of Victorian Era history. It also covers the beginning of modern sciences, phych studies, and anorexia. A well written and we'll laid out book covering a huge scope. Don't forget the clairvoyants as well! 

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review 2014-11-09 03:37
Informative and Persuasive
The Fast Diet: The secret of intermittent fasting - lose weight, stay healthy, live longer - Michael Mosley,Mimi Spencer

I wish more comprehensive research and testing had been done to date, as I'd like to see documented results on people who suffer from the same medical conditions that I do. Still, cutting your calories to a quarter of your usual intake twice a week is refreshingly straightforward and doable, and my hubby's already dropped a few kilos since he started this about a month ago.

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text 2014-04-01 21:58
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience - Randi Fredricks
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review 2014-01-30 00:36
[Book Review] Jucing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life
Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets - Cherie Calbom,John Calbom

I made a mistake requesting this book - I am genuinely curious about juicing for both the nutritional benefit to my diet as well as the potential chemical detox, but I failed to notice a key word in the summary.

"More than a simple collection of recipes, this book guides readers toward a lifestyle that promotes alkaline balance by juicing, eating well, and cleansing the body and soul"

Yup.  I was interested in a health book and instead I got proselytization worthy of a snake-oil salesman and a lot of references to the author's other writing.  I really didn't want to read a book about the spiritual side of dieting, and personally I feel that fasting or special diets for spiritual reasons could be a whole different book.  The author seems to have done quite a bit or research, and this topic is something very close to her heart.  However I don't think she really wrote a book that is approachable for someone curious or new to juicing, which is how this is pitched.  The prose is stilted, the same information could have been presented in a significantly shorter book, and there wasn't a good cohesive organization of recipes, instead meal plans referred to recipes that were scattered through the book with one or two included within. 

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