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Though the book can be inspiring as far as a weight loss success story, I quickly found myself pitying a lot of readers that would clearly become frustrated if they've not read Obesity Code by Jason Fung prior to reading this book. While the author references Obesity Code and Jason Fung, as well as his intermittent fasting book, (among several other books/authors) my takeaway was that the author of this book was first able to learn the science behind why we gain weight (via Jason Fung and others) while formulating her own plan to lose the weight she wanted to lose. For the author, this meant she would delay certain foods (especially sugary treats) while on her journey of weight loss, but she would still enjoy some of those treats at her OMAD. While this concept worked for her and may work for others, those who are severely insulin resistant may not get away with such a concept, as insulin is the hormonal response that has caused weight issues in the majority of people in first place (this is all explained in Obesity Code). Many, many people need to completely ban sugar and severly reduce carbs in order to be successful, (even with OMAD and intermittment fasting), in order to expect good results such as weight loss, lower A1C, etc. While most people panic when faced with eliminating sugar and severly lowering carbs, once you do you soon find yourself freed from the chains of food/diet/weight loss/weight gain/ and the up and down cycle so many have battled for years on end. It is very freeing. You do begin to understand that our bodies are compromised (fattened up) based on a hormonal response that we ourselves are triggering when we ingest foods that cause a rise in insulin. This knowledge (light bulb moment) came about in my own life as I read Obesity Code. That book was life changing for me, as the science behind obesity is thoroughly explained. The antiquated "calories in/calories out," as well as "eat less/move more" theories are debunked once we allow our brains to accept the fact that FAT STORAGE is regulated by insulin! Jason Fung has turned the obesity problem on its head and by doing so, many people are now reaping the fabulous results of his efforts. Obviously, the author of this book also reaped the rewards of Jason Fung's work, as she notes in her book, though she spun it in a manner that includes carbs and sugar, which worked for her.
Admittedly, I was skeptical that I could follow the same advice, yet hopeful. I was accustomed to OMAD, so I tried her concept. I kept carbs low, but added dessert with real sugar with that meal. I tried it for five days. My blood sugars--that I had been so proud of as I followed low carb/no sugar--began to increase. I didn't like the numbers I was seeing. At the end of the five days, I had gained four pounds. When I went to the FB group, I noticed this problematic issue has been presented many times. Gin explains that one should "delay" those foods we consider as treats until a time that our weight has come under control, thus the name of the book, "Delay, don't deny." When I saw that response at the group, I have to admit, I felt a little duped. The group also advises to "trust the process" and even "expect some weight gain" as your body adjusts. I was not willing to follow that advice, as I didn't want to GAIN, nor did I want my A1C results to be affected by the rise in blood sugars. I also knew I simply felt better by restricting carbs and eliminating sugar. For me, (speaking for my own body/experience) I have learned that SUGAR in any form initiates an overwhelming urge for more, more, more. Those five OMAD, which included desserts, left me thinking about and wanthing MORE dessert! When I follow a low carb/no sugar plan, I never crave desserts or even think about food until true hunger comes. I'm happy for the author and those that can follow such a plan, but many who are insulin resistant will find this concept to be one of frustration. Granted, the author admits she loves sugar, thus I give her credit for adapting the IF lifestyle to one where she was able to lose weight while holding on to that love of sugar.
I will say this book can inspire anyone to take control of their health, as anyone that battles weight enjoys seeing the sucess of someone that has tackled their own problem. However, to gain knowledge (knowledge is power) as to why you're fat to begin with, Obesity Code is a must read.
The book is wonderful! Written in such a way that anyone can understand the basic science behind intermittent fasting, this book explains it all without the textbook feel. Easy and light enough to read in one evening, like I did, and inspiring at the same time. This book is a great beginner's guide to intermittently fasting for weight loss. And I'll tell you from my own experience, once you try intermittent fasting earnestly, you'll wonder why more people aren't doing it!
~Nicole S. lost 220 lbs with IF in 17 months
First I found The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung, as Gin Stephens did. I devoured it and felt like the truth about weight loss hit me like lightening...It made perfect sense why so many couldn't lose weight and when people do, they usually regain it!
Then I found DDD by Gin and she tied it even tighter together, in layman's terms and it all became EASY. I have lost 60 pounds in 6 months and almost feel guilty accepting compliments because I am putting far less effort into weight loss than I ever have before. I haven't even been exercising at all.
Intermittent Fasting is the easiest thing I have ever done and it has totally changed my life. I know I have found the CURE to my weight problem. I have led several friends to IF and they have had the exact same results. We are all ecstatic!
This ISNT a diet. This isn't a "program". There is no prepackaged foods or meals, no protein bars, no food restrictions, no weighing or measuring food, no calorie counting, no shakes, nothing to buy after you have read and understand the sole principle involved.
It's time management, not food management. Its learning how to fast (much easier then you imagine) and learning how/ when to feast. It's NO GUILT and healing your relationship with food. Its the healing of your metabolic disorder (and if you're obese, you do have one). Its resetting your weight set point so you can keep it off. You choose your fasting time/ eating time- you individualize this to your life. As Dr. Fung says, "You fit IF into your life, you don't try to fit your life into IF". Gin is a genuinely kind person who has assisted many in figuring out just what that meant for them.
IF involves getting out of your body's way and letting IT direct your fuel management as a wonderfully and fearfully made creation can only do.
Stop micromanaging the process, heal your body and leave it the hell alone--it KNOWS what to do.
Western Medicine, on the other hand, knows how to create a pandemic of obesity. Just look around.
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What a good thing I did.
Naturally I was concerned that it would be like every previous health/weight loss plan I have ever tried. Going well while it is all new, and then fading away once the novelty wears off.
Well, it's been almost 6 weeks now and it is just getting easier and easier.
The book explains in a clear and simple way why fasting works, why it doesn't slow down our metabolism like calorie restriction does, and gives good advice on finding a way to fit into your own lifestyle.
The weight loss is slower than many other less sustainable systems, but this can be done for life. The main benefits are health improvements of many kinds. Oh, and no special foods or equipment, or potions to buy.
Just eat the food you love, within the timeframe you decide. No need to count anything except time.
I was a skeptic, but now I am a convert!
IF (Intermittent Fasting) works for me like nothing else I've ever tried. I've lost weight and inches and my general health and energy levels are vastly improved, my hormones are regulating and my skin is soft.
Gin writes in a way that makes you feel like you're chatting to a friend and she explains the science so it's understandable and how to start in a way that makes you want to start . There's a full support network if you want to take advantage or be part of it.
I can't recommend highly enough.
As Gin says, it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle; if your stumbling around looking for a quick fix, don't expect to find it 'cause there is no magic pill. Go ahead and buy this book anyway 'cause Gin will teach you a thing or two and I'm sure you'll be grateful; I know I am.
Felt very inauthentic and it feels like the author saw an opportunity to make a bit of money from the growing IF movement without writing a book that actually adds anything to the information already out there.
Book was fun to read, like a real life Bridget Jones story line about Gin and her struggles but with helpful advice and facts that will help you decide how you want to start your plan! The book is an easy read, interesting, lots of suggested other books to help guide you and fill you with knowledge, I actually brought a recommended book called "The Obesity Code" and it helped me understand the science of fasting, and Gin's book helped me understand the best ways and how to get started, using her real life story, Gin is a pure joy to listen to, read and chat to on the FB page!
If you considering it, don't hesitate anymore, it will be the best thing you do for yourself today!
So far I've found it easy the best bit is only having to think of what to eat for one meal a day so it's saving me money and the bonus is I don't have to count calories or mess about preparing fancy meals with expensive ingredients. My husband and son are joining me on this quest for weight loss and feeling healthier so we will encourage each other. Watch this space...