Monday, March 28, 2022

Intermittent Fasting Made Easy: Next-level Hacks to Supercharge Fat Loss, Boost Energy, and Build Muscle

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Intermittent Fasting Made Easy is an accessible practice based overview on intermittent fasting for weight loss, energy and muscle building by Thomas DeLauer. Due out 12th Apr 2022 from Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint, it's 256 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. 

There has never been a dearth of diet and weight loss books. It's a huge booming industry. What has changed radically is the science-based understanding of physiology and metabolism which has led to more specific targeted practice and plan for working *with* our bodies' and metabolism instead of against them. 

The author speaks well and convincingly (and enthusiastically) about intermittent fasting and provides quite a lot of benefits of eating on a schedule: saving time (by not sitting in your car in a fast food drive through), regulating sleep patterns, gaining energy, losing weight, correcting insulin resistance, and more. The introduction covers what intermittent fasting is, and the benefits both physical and mental. The following sections cover how to get started, how to optimize results (weight loss, reducing inflammation, sleep quality, hormonal balance), and maintenance. 

Although this is very much a layperson accessible book, and I found the information easy to understand, the book is annotated throughout and the source material (bibliography included in the back) comes from high quality sources. 

There are no specific meal plans or food lists included here. The author presents the information and allows readers to formulate their own plans (with guidance) rather than presenting a rigid set of inflexible rules. I also liked that he says to expect unsolicited advice. Throughout the book small bullet lists of important points are given in highlighted text boxes give readers short, concise info in easy-to-remember bits. 

New vocabulary and concepts are defined in the text. The book does include a comprehensive chapter annotations list and cross referenced index. 

Four stars. There's a lot of good information here. Sometimes it reads a bit like an infomercial, but I enjoyed the author's enthusiasm and I also liked that he backs up his information with practice based scientific sources.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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