4 out of 4 stars
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Intermittent fasting 16/8 by Linden Roderick explains how to use fasting to improve your dietary habits and, as a consequence, your health. The author explains what's behind the very simple premise of fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. It's a diet in the fullest meaning of the word because it's a lifestyle, not something to do just for a while to lose some weight with the risk of regaining it soon after ending your diet. This book offers an awareness of what you're doing thanks to information about metabolism, food, willpower, and more. The goal is to enable you to optimize your own diet so that you won't regain that weight. You'll improve your health thanks to its combination with intermittent fasting.
New types of diets are proposed all the time, but how many of them really work? The explanation of why diets can fail is based on the science behind eating and fasting, which is the subject of the book's first chapters. Those chapters take about half of the book because being aware of what you're doing is crucial in your success. Only if you're motivated you can change your eating habits, and adopt new ones that in some cases are radically different. For this reason, there's a whole chapter about the mental obstacles that might hinder your efforts, even just at the subconscious level.
I appreciated how Linden Roderick is trying to give you the power and responsibility of what you're doing. He's giving you a method to understand what's really best for you because every person is different, which is why standard diets work only for some people. The author is not claiming he's giving you an easy way out of your bad eating habits. In fact, he's telling you that it might be a bumpy ride, so you have to be committed if you want to reach your goals.
If there's one thing I didn't like about the book is that sometimes the author used jargon and figures containing jargon, making them difficult to understand for people without a good knowledge of the subject. It's not really a big deal because the important points are explained clearly.
Intermittent fasting allows you to improve your metabolism and clean your digestive tract during the 16-hour fasting. Linden Roderick offers suggestions to reach the 8-hour eating window. I appreciated that he explained that there can be side-effects, especially at the beginning. People with bad eating habits can suffer from withdrawal, and some suggestions help in dealing with them.
I know that there are other books on the subject, and I can't honestly say that this one is better than all of them because it's the only one I read, but I can tell you that it's full of practical suggestions. The author is honest in warning that intermittent fasting is not for everyone, and in case of health problems you should talk to a competent physician before starting.
In my opinion, Intermittent fasting 16/8 is an informative and empowering book. It's professionally edited, which means that it's almost without errors and its division in chapters and parts within a chapter is made to optimize its readability. For these reasons, my rating is 4 out of 4 stars. It contains no profanities, and sexuality is mentioned only briefly from a strictly scientific point of view. The wealth of information about eating and fasting makes it useful for all the people who want to understand what's the diet most suitable to them.
Intermittent fasting 16/8
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