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The FastDiet

By: Dr. Michael Mosley,Mimi Spencer
Narrated by: Dr. Michael Mosley,Mimi Spencer
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The official US edition of the international best seller - containing US measurements and a month's worth of meals.

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 audiobook 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
  • 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.

©2013 Michael Mosley (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Worked for me

I don't normally write reviews about health/diet books but the ideas in this book have really made a difference in my life. I started this diet about two months ago and I have dropped about 30 lbs (from 207 to 176 lbs). When I started, my dream weight was 180 lbs. Now I must confess that I tweaked the system to speed up the weight loss. First, on the fast days I only eat between 50 to 200 calories (not the 600 allowed for men). I also do heavy cardio on the fast days (sometimes up to two hours) and lighter cardio on my feast days. Now that I am at my ideal weight I'll probably lighten up the workouts and eat the full 600 calories on the fast days (or only fast once a week). Losing weight this fast is probably not safe or healthy, but it's what I did. I think that following the diet more strictly would also have brought results, just slower.

I really like this diet since 5 days a week I can eat whatever I want (within reason) and frankly I am just not willing to give up chocolate, chicken wings, chips and salsa, and beer. I've tried other systems (such as "I Can Do This Diet") without any real or lasting effects (normal yo-yo effects). But this one worked for me.

Background info: I am a 51 years old male, and a little over 6 feet tall. I've been stuck at around 200-215 lbs for years even though I go to the gym somewhat regularly and I eat mostly healthy food. I teach for a living.

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LIFE CHANGING!!

I started the Fast Diet on Jan. 5th 2014 so it's been just over a year now. I have found it to be the easiest diet I've ever been on. I could never stick with any diet for more than a few months before and I've tried everything else in my life. I'm 57 and have been on and off of diets since my 30's. Always ended up gaining the weight back plus more. I can truly say this is something I can do for the rest of my life! I have lost 31 lbs which doesn't seem like a lot but everyone thinks I look like I lost 50-60 lbs. Unfortunately I didn't take measurements like they suggested but I wish I had because the difference in inches would be much more impressive. I feel like I have kept all of my muscle which weighs more so maybe that's why I look like I have lost so much more. The lesson here is if you decide to try this take the measurements first. I used to be a size 16. Now I am 10-12 depending on the brand of clothes. There is no measuring or constantly obsessing about food every day. Two days a week I stick to 500 calories. The other 5 days I don't think about it at all and just eat whatever I want. I did not exercise at all! I'm thinking I will add exercise now since I feel so much better. I only plan on losing another 10 lbs. I don't know how long it will take but I'm not worried about it because I plan on doing this for the rest of my life. Once I lose that last 10 lbs. I will begin the maintenance phase of only one fast day. I will say that in the beginning it's a little hard but I listened to the book every fast day for the 1st six months and that helped a lot! Each time I listened I picked up on something I missed that would give me encouragement and motivation. I still enjoy listening to it again occasionally. Bottom line is TRY THIS AND DON'T GIVE UP!! IT GETS MUCH EASIER!!
UPDATE: It's now 5 yrs later and I still love this way of eating. I lost 10 more lbs. Since my first reveiw. This is so easy for me. I can count on one hand the days I've missed a fast. Even then I didn't dread starting over. Iwas actually looking forward to it. I feel energized and upbeat on fast days and I look forward to them because I know the next 2 days I eat what I want. I never feel deprived. I still cant believe I have actually stuck to this for almost 7 yrs! No other diet caused that. This program doesn't interfere with my families lives as so many other programs did. It's only 1 or 2 days a week. Just try it. You'll like it too! Listen to the book every fast day for motivation and encouragement because you always miss something that can help. Hope this helps. Good luck to all!

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Good diet, not a good book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book could have been done in under an hour.

What was most disappointing about Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer ’s story?

The padding was incredibly clunky. The introductions seemed to be repeated and the last two chapters were simply emails written to the author(s) and added nothing at all to the book.

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Good Science, Well-Explained, and It Works

I have been following the plan now for three weeks (male, 5'10" 215 lbs) and have lost 6 pounds. I was afraid of the idea of fasting, but the authors' assurances that it is okay and one is not going to drop dead are helpful, and they are right. It is not really that hard after the first day, which of course feels weird as a change in habit. I have also noticed the improved mental acuity and upbeat mood that research shows the intermittent fasting can enable.

Dr. Mosley's explanations of the science behind fasting and how it is natural for humans is first-rate and very accessible. The book is narrated by the authors; both have intelligent and pleasant voices. I am looking forward to reaching my goal weight in 40-45 weeks, and enjoying the health benefits of this simple program as I get there.

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Real world, very effective diet

Would you listen to The FastDiet again? Why?

Every year I have to lose about 15 pounds to make weight for a couple of athletic events. This year I tried FastDiet, and did the job in half the time. The fact that you can have 500-600 calories during the fast days takes the edge off. Found that I had less appetite on the regular days. This diet, combined with the right foods, can really shed pounds while not making you suffer through your normal work day.

What about Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer ’s performance did you like?

Got the point across. Not pros but nothing unpleasant.

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Lose weight, really

I lost 5 pounds after two fasts. Really makes you want to keep going. It is not like fasting. It is like eating minimally. I can do this.

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Works for me!

Would you consider the audio edition of The FastDiet to be better than the print version?

I lost 2-4 lbs each week. I will continue this method not only for the weight lose but for all the Heath benefits.

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nothing new, but still interesting

Nothing new in this one. Fasting for health has been around for a very long time. This one promises the ability to "eat whatever you want" on the days you don't fast, but ultimately it comes back to: Eat healthier on the days you don't fast and you'll do better. The bottom line with any healthy nutrition regimen was put best by Michael Pollan:“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” If you want to add fasting or intermittent fasting to this, go for it!

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LIFE-CHANGING

Only on my second week, but the two fasts last week were much less of a challenge than I'd prepared myself for. Actually enjoy not having to plan two full days of meals; 500 calories are simple to arrange. Working on converting everyone I know. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Great motivation for the fast 5 diet

I love this program and do it weekly. I come back to this audio when I need some new motivation

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