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The Fasting Transformation by Dr. David Jockers and Michael Dugan is a new book out on intermittent fasting. This health and dietary intervention has been growing in popularity in the past few years and as a consequence the number of books out on the topic is growing rapidly. Dr. Jocker’s contribution is a valuable one and a book I would be quick to recommend for anyone new or considering the practice.
This is a fairly easy to read book. The authors make an effort to keep the language very readable for those who are not medically trained. But they also have all the references to all studies cited in the back, for those who want to follow through on the research presented. This lends significant credibility to their book.
This is a great book for the beginner because not only are all the benefits of intermittent fasting laid out with studies cited, but there are several chapters on getting started. How to Begin Fasting is chapter 8, so it is not presented until the reader has gone through benefits, options of fasting strategies and fasting for chronic disease. Dr. Jocker’s recommendation for easing into fasting are very reasonably and manageable. I think anyone who follows them will see success in making intermittent fasting a regular part of their life.
This books also addresses those who would like to try extended fasting. He does recommend a 5 day fast and explains why it is of value. He goes into specific principles important to succeed in this. Although I don’t think extended fasts are necessary for most people, there are benefits and Dr. Jockers explains what they are and helps you figure out how to do it safely.
Another interesting chapter is the one on partial fasting strategies. Dr. Jockers covers 5 partial fasting strategies and explains the value of considering them, rather than just plain intermittent fasting. He discusses bone broth fasting, green juice fasting, fasting mimicking diet, fat or keto fasting, and the Daniel fast. Although I am somewhat of a purist about fasting, I found this chapter to be helpful to consider when another form of a fast may be of value.
As a nurse, I especially appreciated the chapter on fasting for chronic conditions. He covers 4 chronic conditions: cancer, digestive health, autoimmune disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. There is not a lot of information out there, easily accessible to the average person on this topic. So a chapter like this is very valuable. There are many things that can be done for chronic diseases and the more this kind of information gets out there, the better off we will be.
At just under 180 pages, I found this book worth the time to read and consider. It is a great resources and will stay on my shelf.
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