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The Every-Other-Day Diet Hardcover – 24 Dec 2013
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"Dr. Varady has done extensive research to prove you can quickly and safely lose weight-anywhere from 5 to 50 pounds, and more-[...and] her research shows you can keep it off. That's my kind of diet!―--Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
"Finally, amidst the sea of baseless fad diet books lining bookstore shelves, you have a weight loss guide formulated from rigorous scientific research and sound evidence.... I plan to use this diet plan with my patients!"―-Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, nationally recognized nutritionist and
author of three books on cardiovascular disease prevention
"Dr. Varady's rigorous studies of alternate-day fasting have established its powerful ability to promote weight loss. The Every-Other-Day Diet is an authoritative description of how and why alternate-day fasting is beneficial, providing guidelines and practical advice for incorporating intermittent fasting into one's weekly routine."―-Mark Mattson, PhD, chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging,
professor of neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
About the Author
Krista Varady, PhD, is an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois and the world's leading researcher into alternate-day fasting. She has published more than 30 papers on the topic in prestigious journals such as The American Journal of Nutrition and Obesity, and she has discussed her breakthrough findings with consumer magazines, such as Elle and Men's Health.
Bill Gottlieb, CHC, is the bestselling author of 11 health books and a Certified Health Coach. He is a former editor-in-chief of Rodale Books and Prevention Magazine Health Books, and has written for Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, Runner's World, Self, and many other publications
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Bottom line, I'm very happy with this diet so far. I really hope I can stay on it long term because it is sensible and knowing I can have something yummy no longer than 24 hours away is a great motivator:)
I'm now down to 134lb and happier than ever with this way of dieting. My weight loss hasn't been huge as far as the number on the scale is concerned, but my clothes fit me SO much better. I haven't skipped a diet day yet, nor have I been tempted to cheat in any way. Hopefully this is a permanent way of living for me.
I'm now at 130 and still loving this way of dieting. I'm now just doing Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and taking the weekends off. I am finding it pretty much effortless. I think it just clicked with me, but it took many types of diets to get to this point. I hope to get down to 125 by mid July when I go on vacation, at which point I will move on to maintenance. I promised myself when I got to 130 I would start exercising more and I am walking 5 miles a day, 5 days a week. I despise the gym, so walking the dog, doing laps at the track and running up and down the bleachers is it for me.
I would urge anyone who tries the EODD, not to give up until they have stuck religiously to at least 3 weeks. It is definitely hard initially, but it definitely gets easier and it is SO worth it. I don't ever have to look at a food that I love and say, "I wish I could have that". I CAN have that - tomorrow:)))
It's now been a year and a half, and I'm still with it. I've managed to keep my weight at a steady 130, despite taking time off the diet for vacations and other special occasions. I had hoped to get to 125lb, and I know if I put my mind to it, I could, but I've been dieting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for quite some time, and find I'm very comfortable with that. I'm a size 6-8, and my clothes fit well, and I can't ask for more than that. Recently I spent a week in St. Maarten with my family, and enjoyed delicious food and cocktails every day. I did gain 5lb while I was away, but went straight back to the diet when I returned, and lost it within 10 days. I believe that now I will be able to live this way indefinitely, and that makes me very happy. Such a simple concept, but so very effective.
March 25 - 10.6 pounds down (I started on Mar. 3)
April 8 - 17.6 pounds lost and 5.75 inches overall (waist, chest, arms, thighs, no loss in calves yet) (in 5 weeks)
April 18 - 23 pounds lost
I had never experienced a weight problem until I reached my late 40's. Throughout my 50's I kept slowly gaining weight until I had to face the fact that I was no longer 126lbs but pushing 159lbs! I knew that without a plan I would continue to gain weight, so I joined Jenny Craig and it took almost a year but I did finally lose the weight and got back to 128lbs. That was a difficult year because I was hungry all the time and couldn't wait for the next snack. If I met my husband at a restaurant I would watch him eat anything he wanted while I would move my glass of water to block my view of his food and then eat my frozen dinner at home.
As it turned out, reaching my goal,although difficult, was only half the problem - maintaining it afterwards was even harder because now I was going to have to be counting and weighing and measuring everything I ate if I wanted to eat outside the "box". I also found out after being tested for food allergies that I was highly allergic to tomatoes, peas and walnuts which is in most of the Jenny Craig frozen dinners and was the cause of my year long jaw and neck pain. When I stopped eating the frozen foods with these ingrediants my pain disappeared within two days. But without Jenny Craig I gained my weight back to 151lbs and realized that whether I liked it or not, I was going to have to write everything I ate down and start doing the work of counting those calories every day, every meal, for the rest of my life! It was so depressing but it was going to be my New Years resolution for 2014.
Luckily in Dec 2013 I saw Dr Varady on "CBS This Morning" talking about this book and her research. Finally, a plan that meant I only had to count calories and be careful every other day and then I could celebrate my effort on the feast day - it sounded like a dream! But this dream worked for me and as of July 12th I am back to 125lbs and have been easily maintaining it for 11 weeks.
Everyone has their own approach on the diet day, but for me I found that if I ate my calories too early in the day I wouldn't be able to make it until the next day to eat. Since I had eaten well the day before, skipping breakfast was fairly easy and I usually didn't start to feel hungry until around noon. So the only "will power" I had to endure usually lasted about 4 hours because if I could wait until about 4 o'clock to eat I felt had made it and my diet day was essentially over. After 4:00 I would eat a 300 calorie meal (maybe a tuna sandwich) and savor every bite! Then I would wait another couple of hours and have my remaining 200 calorie snack - such as Wholly Guacamole and chips, or Kefir (with Splenda) poured over fruit.
Today, the maintainance plan of 1000 calories only 3 days a week is not nearly as hard as the 1200 calories I ate everyday for almost a year with Jenny Craig because now I get to enjoy feast days every other day so I am not perpetually hungry. I can eat at restaurants along with my husband now and still fit into those size 6 pants! And I don't have to write anything down or have to know exactly how many calories I just ate at that restaurant! I feel free from the constant fear at every meal that I was eating too much - even when I wasn't!
This is why I hope, Dr Varady, that you know that I will always be greatful to you and your book. Thank you so much!