I get asked a lot these days where someone can get started learning about Daily Intermittent Fasting. Of course, I tell them our FB Group, the 5 Tips About IF Slideshows, my Podcasts/Videocasts, The Daily Intermittent Fasting Start Up Charts, and my upcoming course (Donna’s Daily IF Course). But there are sooo many great books to help people get started, so I love to give IF book recommendations. (And I love to give away a fasting book every month in my FB group!) But then when I start giving book recommendations, I can’t stop with IF books only. I love self-development books, podcasts, videos, and more! And if you do not, don’t worry….Daily Intermittent Fasting builds your confidence and increases desire to do better in other areas of your life too. Daily Intermittent Fasting is a self-development process–with the added benefits of weight loss and health! 🙂
So here are my latest recommendations! If you don’t have reading time, look the authors up on YouTube or iTunes and listen. You will be glad you did!
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The Obesity Code by Jason Fung
From Amazon: Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.
In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good. Get the book here.
The Complete Guide to Fasting (Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore)
Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.
Fasting is not about starving oneself. When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan. In fact, Toronto-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung has used a variety of fasting protocols with more than 1,000 patients, with fantastic success. In The Complete Guide to Fasting he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it’s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. Together, they make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand.
The Complete Guide to Fasting explains:
- why fasting is actually good for health
- who can benefit from fasting (and who won’t)
- the history of fasting
- the various ways to fast: intermittent, alternate-day, and extended fasting
- what to expect when starting to fast
- how to track progress while fasting
- the weight loss effects of fasting
- how to ward off potential negative effects from fasting
The book also provides tools to help readers get started and get through their fasts, including a 7-Day Kick-Start Fasting Plan and healing liquid recipes. Get the book on Amazon.
Delay, Don’t Deny (Gin Stephens)
From Amazon: Tired of counting calories, eliminating foods from your diet, or obsessing about food all day? If so, an intermittent fasting lifestyle might be for you! In this book, you will learn the science behind intermittent fasting, and also understand how to adjust the various intermittent fasting plans to work for your unique lifestyle. The best part about intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t require you to give up your favorite foods! You’ll learn how to change WHEN to eat, so you don’t have to change WHAT you eat. Are you ready to take control of your health, and finally step off of the diet roller coaster? All you have to do is learn how to “Delay, Don’t Deny!” (Delay, Don’t Deny, TM). Get it on Amazon!
Feast Without Fear (Gin Stephens)
From Amazon: In Delay, Don’t Deny, Gin Stephens taught people around the world how to live an intermittent fasting lifestyle. Still, many wonder what foods they should be eating for best results. Is there one best diet that works for every one of us? The surprising answer to that question is an emphatic NO! In Feast Without Fear, the follow up to Delay, Don’t Deny, you will learn what makes each of us unique, and why there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, no matter what all of the diet books promise you. From your genetic differences to your individual gut microbiome, there are personal factors that affect how your body responds to the foods you eat. In addition, you will examine several well-researched dietary approaches that are linked to vibrant health and longevity. You will discover how to craft an individual eating style that makes you feel your very best, while still eating the foods you love. Get ready to Feast Without Fear! Get it on Amazon!
AC: The Power of Appetite Correction (Bert Herring)
From Amazon: Appetite Correction (AC) is a revolutionary new focus in weight loss based on ten years of user experience with Dr. Bert’s ground-breaking guide to daily intermittent fasting, The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle.
AC means getting your body’s appetite center working again, so not only do you lose excess fat, you lose it without being hungry, and once you’ve lost the weight, it stays off if you maintain the flexible, low-effort AC lifestyle. When the appetite center is working properly, you don’t want to eat more than you need.
A working appetite center means:
- you recover control over food
- no calorie counting is required—your appetite center does the counting automatically
- no food is off limits! Even wine, beer and candy are allowed
- people who adopt an AC eating schedule save money and time! (see below for details)
- You work with your body instead of fighting it!
Hundreds of AC/Fast-5 2016 survey respondents reported:
- average sustained weight loss of 44 pounds!
- $2500 saved annually on food costs!
- 9 hours saved weekly!
Learn how in AC: The Power of Appetite Correction, which provides 17 non-drug, non-surgical lifestyle tools that have worked for countless people to reduce appetite, so they experience freedom, power and control over food with no need to count calories, exercise or eliminate any foods or food groups. Get it on Amazon!
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself (Dr. Shad Helmstetter)
From Amazon: The international Self-Talk best-seller, updated in this new eBook edition. Each of us is programmed from birth on, and as much as 75% or more of our programming may be negative or working against us. In this newly updated and revised eBook edition, Shad Helmstetter shows the reader how to erase and replace past mental programs with healthy, new programs that can be positively life-changing. Considered by many to be one of the most important and helpful personal growth books ever written. Get it on Amazon!
The Compound Effect (by Darren Hardy)
From Amazon: No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want. Get it on Amazon!
Essentialism (by Greg McKeown)
Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life?
Do you often find yourself stretched too thin?
Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?
Are you frequently busy but not productive?
Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.
The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come. Get it on Amazon!
The Five Second Rule (Mel Robbins)
From Amazon: Throughout your life, you’ve had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?
Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.” Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.
It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do, you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.
In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
Beat fear and uncertainty
Stop worrying and feel happier
Share your ideas with courage
The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face —we hold ourselves back.
The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it. Get it on Amazon!
The Power of Habit (by Charles Duhigg)
From Amazon: In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives. Get it on Amazon!
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