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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (8)

  1. dgkaye says:

    I’ve read quite a few books on this theory of fasting. The bottom line for me is that I don’t think it’s healthy and a strange way to live to maintain a weight loss. 🙂 But great review as always Olga 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. He makes a good case for it, and I think, for some people, it’s easier not to eat something than just to eat a little bit of it. For sure we’re not designed to eat continuously the huge amounts of food we eat now (another point the book I reviewed last week made. We’re very good at putting weight on but not so good at losing it, at least not with our current lifestyles). But there are so many diet books and so many methods because none of them are the ideal answer for everybody. Have a great week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        That is so true Olga. But the best diet is to create a healthy eating lifestyle – slow and steady wins the race! 🙂

  2. robbiecheadle says:

    Intriguing review, Olga. I couldn’t even begin to fast. I would have low blood sugar and a really bad temper.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. So far (touch wood!) I have no problems with my sugar levels and I must say giving a rest to my digestive system every so often seems to do it good, but it is not a good option with people with some health problems, for sure. I don’t know about your bad temper, but I’ll take your word for it! Perhaps it’s the cakes, but nobody would guess from your blog and your cakes. 😉

  3. Hi Olga. Yes, it was an unexpected topic — but it’s good to change things up once in a while.
    When I was young I fasted one day a week — for quite some time. However, I was thin and fit back then, and did not start doing it for any weight reason, but to allow the body to cleanse itself. But as society’s pressure to be absurdly thin took over, it became an excuse to have a little more to eat because I was going to fast the next day…
    The failure of fasting was not about the fasting. It can be a good thing and a healthful thing. However the “will power” involved is not only to do with hunger. So while I wouldn’t recommend against the practice, I do not recommend it for weight loss or maintenance. I hope that made some kind of sense. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. It’s interesting to read other people’s experience. There’s no approach that works for everybody, but the author is clear that he does not have time to follow a very strict regime that involves complex preparation of foods or requires much thinking. He explains that his father managed to keep his weight down by counting calories, but it never worked for him as a long-term strategy. Our bodies change with time, and it’s worth thinking about different options (I’m quite keen on your idea of cleansing the body by giving it a bit of a rest too). Have a great week.

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