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Fast, Feast, Repeat is the title of a new book on intermittent fasting by Gin Stephens. In the fasting world Gin is well known as she published Delay, Don’t Deny in 2017. Since then she has gone on to also publish Feast Without Fear and now her new book: Fast, Feast, Repeat. I was able to get an advance copy of the new book and was able to read it over the past month during the Covid 19 lock down.
I really enjoy Gin’s casual and friendly style and Fast, Feast, Repeat continues to be similar to her other books. She is very easy to read and it actually feels like she is sitting across the table from me as I read and sharing her thoughts with me.
Fast, Feast, Repeat has a subtitle: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny Intermittent Fasting. I would agree with that claim. It is a very comprehensive book to intemittent fasting (She does not address extended fasting in this book, which is appropriate because extended and intermittent fasting are 2 different animals.)
This 395 page book is divided into several sections. Section 1 dives into fasting, what it is, how to do it, the importance of a clean fast, fasting red flags, and Gin’s 28 day FAST start plan. She covers everything here that you need to know to get started. If you are already fasting, you will know much of this, but my experience is that there is always more to learn, so it is still worth your time.
Section 2 is focused on feasting and the importance of that in the whole picture. She goes after the “diet mentality” that is so prevalent in our world today. And discusses topics like calories, appetite correction, and food quality. These topics are just as important as those in the first section, but are much less discussed. This makes the whole book very worthwhile and unlike other “diet” books you might have been reading.
Section 3 is focused on repeat and making this lifestyle sustainable long term. She addresses the mind and how important this is to weight and health. She also presents a very sensible to look at the scale, the nemesis of everyone trying to lose weight. This section also addresses plateaus and how to deal with this challenge for every person who works at a weight loss.
The book finished with an extensive FAQ section covering everything already written in earlier chapters. And for the research nerd she has 25 pages of notes to different research studies, cited earlier in the book. So if you have a naysayer in your life, this is the perfect section to share with them.
For those who have read Gin’s other books
If you have already read Gin’s two earlier books, is this important for you to read as well? I would say it is really up to you. There is not really much new info but it is all compiled in one book which is nice. And Gin’s style is so easy to read, that who minds reinforcing great ideas like this. So my take is that it is worth your time to get and read this book too. We can all use a refresher on great info like this.
This book comes out June 16, 2020. If you are reading this review before that time, then I recommend you preorder the book now as it is a big help to the authors when that happens. And if you are reading this after, then you can get your copy right away.
And if you would like support as you get into your own fasting journey, I have a free group for women on Mighty Networks and on Facebook. And I have a free 10 day intermittent fasting challenge via email through my website.