Review by Heyokah
too little, not too much, just right. All the information I ever wanted or needed to know about fasting in one easily accessible
format. And yes, I've had the book less than a day, and have only been reading for several hours, but I'm already familiar
with the practice of non-religious fasting as briefly outlined in Dr. Fung's The Obesity Code, and I can see that this new
book fills in all the gaps. I currently practice a daily intermittent fasting routine with a 16 hour fast, and an 8 hour feeding
window. Does it work? Absolutely! I'm 69, female, and my current A1C is 4.3, my labs are all within normal limits, I take
no daily medications, and I've lost 33 pounds. These are important numbers for those of us who view fasting as a journey to
better health, and the accompanying weight loss as a most serendipitous side effect. Now I'm ready to ramp up my game and
The Complete Guide to Fasting is just the ticket.
response to question about the above review concerning her prior condition she wrote:
discovered Dr. Fung about 14 months ago on Dietdoctor.com, a high fat low carb site (HFLC.) But it took me another two months
to get up the courage to try fasting--I worried that if I did manage to complete a 16:8 day, I'd be so ravenous I'd effectively
erase the health benefits of fasting by bingeing and gaining even more weight. But once I got into a pattern I found I liked
fasting: it was so much more peaceful and less stressful than dieting for me, perhaps partially because I was already keto
adapted. Your own N=1 may be different, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I've done two 32 hour fasts without difficulty
since getting the book and I'm feeling really empowered.
labs were not normal and I took medications for hyperlipidemia, hypertension, thyroid, and migraine: the blood sugar issues
I was instructed to control with diet and exercise. I had three kidney surgeries in one year and a heart cath. I was forced
to give up my home and the job I loved and move in with my daughter and son-in-love due to my health and mobility issues.
I started eating clean seven years ago, soon after family and friends gathered for my "last" Christmas. Talk about an effective,
if unplanned, Intervention! I ate low carb and organic, advanced to a HFLC diet, became fat adapted in 2014, and began IF
a year later hoping to end a 24 month plateau. I have lost 33 pounds this year, close to 100 pounds overall, and, more importantly,
now live independently and in good health in my own home. Fasting to me isn't about giving up or doing without, it's about
getting back and fulfilling my plans for living in the leap. :)
by Justin G.
This book is really great from front to back and it's presented in a straightforward manner for anyone whom knows
nothing about fasting to approach. Going over what it is, what the myths and benefits of it are, before diving into how to
do it and tips for success. Obviously if you're curious about fasting you probably know about the fat loss benefits, but you
may not know of the other health benefits. I've spent a good portion of the last year deep diving into the science of fasting,
and reading nutrition literature about it this book hits on all the nuanced fasting benefits making them mostly easy to understand
for a layperson. It covers the neurological benefits, ketosis, insulin role in our metabolism, autophagy, and an explanation
of mTOR inhibition, the later two of which have huge anti-cancer and anti-aging potentials.
Finally, I was very skeptical of fasting in the past,
and I'm glad to now have come full circle into being a proponent of it. If you are uninformed, I recommend reading about it,
making an informed decision, and ultimately trying it!
Review by R. Gantz
Have been waiting for this book to be published - and it was worth the wait. MUST READ for everyone who is proactive
about their health - this is not just about weight loss -- it's about disease prevention - cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers,
T2 diabetes, epilepsy and others. I hope that our doctors, and our nation, will finally begin paying attention to real results,
new studies and this "new" old wisdom. Dr. Fung has become is an expert in reversing/curing T2 diabetes and his YouTube videos
are extremely helpful and compelling. Jimmy Moore has been a great resource for all of us trying to figure out how to LIVE
better, eat ketogenically and he brought a lot of resources to us through his podcasts. This is a great collaboration on the
book. Thanks for doing it -- I plan to give as a gift to many friends and family members. I discovered Dr. Fung's "Obesity
Cure" 5 months ago...and through following a fasting/intermittent fasting (IF)/ketogenic set of protocols, I've changed my
Dr. Jason Fung's book The Obesity Code changed my life by answering my main question: why won't the weight stay
off? Every time I'd lost weight, no matter how I'd gone about it, I eventually hit a wall and stalled, then gradually gained
everything back. His insulin resistance theory of obesity made perfect sense. I'm prediabetic, so reducing my blood sugar
has been a concern anyway. The Obesity Code (re)introduced the idea of fasting for health to me, and gave me enough info to
start, but I wanted more.
Dr. Fung's blog at his Intensive Dietary Management clinic and his videos on the Diet Doctor provided more information
about fasting, and this new book incorporates a lot of that material. But it is more than just a rehash of the blog posts.
The Complete Guide to Fasting is well organized, and expands on the topics he's been writing about the last few years, providing
detailed practical advice for safely getting started with fasting, from intermittent (as few as twelve hours) to extended
(1+ weeks). The book features comments from other fasting advocates, and stories from people whose lives have been bettered
by therapeutic fasting. You'll get the historical background, cultural traditions, and methods of fasting. You'll get a buffet
of fasting options that can include some calories, and the pros and cons of each. You'll even get some recipes, because a
book on fasting also spends some pages explaining how to maximize your results between fasts, and that means eating healthy
and satisfying food.
There are approaches to fasting that you may learn about
elsewhere - just do a YouTube search. The advice here is targeted to improving your health, particularly regarding metabolic
disorders (obesity, diabetes). He doesn't overinflate his claims; some claim fasting can cure a wide variety of ailments,
but he sticks to what he both knows, and prescribes to his patients, and has documented their success.
Some people may claim that fasting is crazy talk. And for some it might be: he notes who should
not fast, and who should be very cautious about it. He urges working with a medical professional if you have certain conditions,
take certain medications, are of a certain age, and so on. This is a sober and cautious book.
I've personally done 5-7 day fasts based on Dr. Fung's approach, and did so safely. I've seen the benefits in action.
I recommend this book.