Anytime you put in the words “eat whatever you want,” somewhere in a diet plan you will have a best seller. In this case The Fasting Diet starts with that premise – for five days eat whatever you want, and for two days you “fast” – but not exactly, because you have 500 calories divided between breakfast and dinner if you are a woman, or 600 calories if you are a man.
The book, quite short, is packed with two kinds of references: testimonials from people you don’t know, and a selection of scientific research that shows the benefit of fasting.
The recipes for the fasting days are simple, easy to follow, and look delicious. They make them look better with some lovely photographs of them.
Almost any diet book that is read will have a group of scientific articles proving its point. They have become more sophisticated over the last 20 years as they will include research that has “insulin” and insulin-growth-factor. I shall save you the trouble and summarize the research for the following types of diets:
Fasting, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean Glycemic Index: all point to studies showing that insulin and the growth factor will decrease. All will have studies showing that insulin and the growth factor are bad actors if there is too much of them (ask some poor worms). All will show that they will decrease the chronic diseases of man from heart disease to cancer.
But I can do this:
Who doesn’t want to hear a diet with the words “eat as much as you want.” Pick one: the Atkins Diet was first to use this phrase — who doesn’t want a lamb shank for dinner, a dozen eggs for breakfast – until you get tired of it. Or, if you like Dr. Ornish, who doesn’t want unlimited lentil soup?
Eat what you want for five days, fast for two days (and it isn’t really fasting). Who can’t do that?
By fasting you utilize fat.
An amazing best seller in the United States.
Yes, try it for a while. See how it does for you and if you like it. The science behind it- well, what is working for a few people may not work for you. But if it does, comment.
Like all diets – every single one: it works by you eating less. Just regulates it a little bit better. This gives you the time, and a regulation.
Who It Won’t Work For:
If you think on the 5 days you truly can “eat anything you want” then you are not going to succeed on this, or any diet. The people who provide testimonials in this book, and on television were in the modest range of eating. This meant their appetites were a bit overdone, and their lifestyle kept them overweight.
Obese patients- while they may try it, may find that this won’t work, and for them they will probably fail and ultimately need something to suppress their appetite (Lap-Band or gastric plication). Weight loss surgery is the ultimate way to loose weight, and if this diet is like every other diet in the world – it will work, but at the end of two years 98% of the people will have regained their weight.
Still, if you eat modestly, and don’t overdo it on the five days on, this diet might regulate it for you
What Should I do?
It isn’t worth the book price- you have the formula above- and if you have some favorite 500 or 600 calorie menu plans for the days you don’t fast – well, you are off and running.
But if you really want to loose weight– stop eating out, learn to cook and JUST COOK!
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and received his MD. Dr. Simpson, a renowned weight loss surgeon, is a leading advocate of culinary medicine. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.