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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.

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  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! 🙂

        1. 🙂

  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.

  4. Love this line:

    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.

    Sounds easy! Simply put, eat what you like and fast later to compensate I’ve heard about this type if diet. I think there’s a similar one called the 5/2 5 days you can eat whatever you like, more or less, and 2 during which you can only eat 500 calories.
    Summer’s not the best time to start a diet, too much temptation!

    1. I like his no-nonsense approach.
      And you’re right. I knew people at work who did the 5/2, although sticking to 500 calories is quite tricky, especially if you’re not at home. Not eating anything is easier (in theory, at least).
      I remember the first time I went on a diet, everybody seemed to be eating ice-cream and cakes, but I guess it’s selective attention.
      Thanks, Luccia and enjoy the summer and its temptations!

  5. Jessica Lamoreux says:

    I’ve been fasting for 3 months and I love it. I never would have thought I could fast, but my doctor recommended it based on the research and I have been doing basically a 5:2 diet but without the 500 calories on fast days, just doing a clean fast. I am down 20 lbs and I feel wonderful. I don’t feel constant anxiety around food any more! I eat what I want, just not always WHEN I want, haha. I can’t imagine going back to my old way of eating. Is there any use for me in reading this book if I am already fasting? Is there more information in it than I can get by just googling intermittent fasting?

    1. Thanks, Jessica. Congratulations! It sounds as if intermittent fasting is working well for you. I am not an expert on the subject, although, so far, it is working to maintain my weight for me as well, and I also find it much easier than other things I have tried before. I am not sure you are going to find anything you don’t know if you already have professional advice on the subject, although I liked the specific suggestions he made as to how to implement it. You might be better off checking the author’s site and following him on Amazon. They are good at sending notifications when there are offers on titles and authors you are interested in, and you might get it at a reduced price or even on a free offer if you are curious.
      I hope it keeps working for you.
      All the best.

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