So far I’ve read 5 books on the subject of Intermittent Fasting and one about dangers of sugar. Here comes my short summary of each one of them.
Gin Stephen’s books
First two books I read were by Gin Stephens.
Delay, Don’t Deny was her first book on Intermittent Fasting from 2106. What’s interesting about it that it brings Gin’s personal side of things when it comes to fasting.
Fast. Feast. Repeat was, actually, the first book I read on Intermittent Fasting and it was this book that got me interested in trying this approach. This book is quite recent, it’s from 2020. This book is a little bit different from her first book. It’s less personal and provides more details about the science of why intermittent fasting works. Also this book contains 28 Days FAST Start approach to Intermittent Fasting that Gin came up with.
Dr. Jason Fung’s books
Two other books were by Dr. Jason Fung
The Obesity Code is from 2016, but it’s still relevant and has a detailed explanation about how we get obese and what to do about it. In comparison to Gin’s informal writing style, Jason’s style is a little bit more dry. But it could be because it’s was written by a doctor. Anyway, I liked it too.
The Complete Guide to Fasting was also published in 2016, and this book has very similar content to The Obesity Code, but there are a number of very important differences, which makes it the best of all the books I’ve read so far. First, this book is visually appealing, having lots of colorful diagrams and graphs that help better understand why Fasting works. Second, even though the content is similar to the previous book, it has a better balance between scientific details and user friendly explanations. Third, this book has personal stories of people who used Intermittent Fasting and were able to reverse their Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.
Science can be good for you
The 5th book I read was the book by Prof. Mark Mattson, who is the neuroscientist and biologist. He’s the leading researcher in the field of Intermittent Fasting.
The book is The Intermittent Fasting Revolution from 2022. This book is the most scientific out of all previously mentioned, but actually, it wasn’t a dry reading. I liked it very much especially the evolutionary biology explanation of why animals and humans are evolutionary adapted to Intermittent Fasting. Also, Mark himself is practicing Intermittent Fasting and doing 16:8 fasting for decades now and provides his personal advice on the subject.
But not sugar
The last book I finished reading today was a book by journalist Gary Taubes.
The book is The Case Against Sugar, it’s from 2016, but it’s relevant as ever. In it Gary Taubes describes the history of how sugar became such a commodity in our diet and how its consumption that grew to worrisome proportions was a root cause of all diseases related to Metabolic Syndrome. Back in 2016 it was still a hypothesis that sugar is a culprit. Now, it’s proven. Sugar is a poison that works in the long run.
A status update after 46 days of fasting (7th week)
Since the beginning of the fasting on June 13th, I’ve lost 21.6 lb (9.8 kg) and 4.1 % of body fat following Intermittent Fasting eating pattern. Weight changed from 200 lb -> 178 lb (90.6 kg -> 80.8 kg), body fat from 30 % -> 25.9 %.
Average fat loss speed 0.5 lb a day.
Overall feeling is of lightness and agility.
Now, think for yourself, whether Intermittent Fasting works or not
I recommend you to check these two video clips about Gin Stephens. Thanks to her book I discovered about Intermittent Fasting.
A short video about Gin Stephens and her Intermittent Fasting story. Actually, she wrote a couple of books about her personal experience with fasting.
This video is from 2018, since then Gin wrote two additional books. I recommend you to read FAST. FEAST. REPEAT. It is actually, quite cheap at Amazon.
It has been a month since I’ve started to do Intermittent Fasting. In the previous post I’ve mentioned what were the results so far. In this post I want to partially repeat the references to helpful resources on Time Restricted Eating, also known as, Intermittent Fasting and provide new ones.
I’ve already finished reading books by Gin Stephens and The Obesity Code by Jason Fung. Now I’m in the middle of the book by Mark Mattson. Next one is Gary Taubes’ book and then The Complete Guide to Fasting.
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And so it begins
In this post I want to report some interesting consequences of trying to follow Intermittent Fasting regimen to become slimmer and healthier.
For about 10 years, I’ve weighted about 90 kg (198 lb). In 2018 I’ve tried to follow the low carb diet promoted in the The 4-Hour Body book by Tim Ferris, but without any success. Since then I felt no urgency to lose weight and become a slimmer person, but I wanted to do it eventually.
A mere happenstance caused me to discover Intermittent Fasting approach. It turns out that our family doctor advised my wife to read Fast. Feast. Repeat book by Gin Stephens to lower high blood sugar level. I’ve ordered the book on Amazon at my wife request. But to my surprise she didn’t read it. Since I value books a lot and also do not want to waste money on unread books, I decided to give that book a try. Boy, was I surprised. The book was interesting to read and it contained just enough information on the benefits of intermittent fasting and advice on how to start. Gin suggest to try 28-Day FAST Start method to get used to fasting. Indeed, that was the approach I’ve tried. As I write this post, it is the 26th day of the that approach to fasting. In accordance with her advise I am following this regimen
Eating window hours
Meal type and count
1 – 7
8 – 14
15 – 21
22 – 28
snack or lunch, dinner
Fasting Hours stands for how many hours I do not eat anything except for drinking water, black coffee (no milk or sugar) or tea (no milk or sugar).
Eating window hours stands for the hours where I have two meals. I try, quite successfully, not to have any snacks between the meals.
Meal type and count is self-explanatory.
Below I provide some initial results for past four weeks, and the projection for the fifth week that starts on Monday, July 11th.
Where projected values are in Italics.
Eating window hours
Waist to height ratio
90.6 kg (199.7 lb)
87.6 kg (191.8 lb)
86.6 kg (190.9 lb)
85.1 kg (187.6 lb)
Good resources to reference
Gin mentioned in her book a number of valuable resources to reference. I recommend you to check
Jason Fung, MD website and his book The Obesity Code. I read it and it provides more scientific details of why fasting works and how it works to treat obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. He also authored another book which is quite colorful and interesting at the same time: The Complete Guide to Fasting.
Prof. Mark Mattson is one of the founding fathers of Intermittent Fasting research and has written recently The Intermittent Fasting Revolution book.