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Have You Tried the Fast-5 Diet for Weight Loss?

Updated on July 21, 2016
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Bert Herring M.D. & Judi Herring M.D. | Nicole lost 200 pounds

Bert Herring M.D. & Judi Herring M.D. standing above Doug Coleman. From article called "Two Jacksonville Doctors Create New Weight Loss Plan." They lost 20 lbs, 30 lbs & 35 lbs respectively from this diet-less diet!
Bert Herring M.D. & Judi Herring M.D. standing above Doug Coleman. From article called "Two Jacksonville Doctors Create New Weight Loss Plan." They lost 20 lbs, 30 lbs & 35 lbs respectively from this diet-less diet! | Source
Nicole lost 200 pounds using fast-5.
Nicole lost 200 pounds using fast-5. | Source

Fast-5 Diet for Weight Loss

One comment says this is a lifestyle not a diet. I say that it is a diet not a diet. Aren't I using the same word? Not at all. Some words have more than one meaning. I am saying that this is a diet1b not a diet1d. 1b means "habitual nourishment" and 1d means "a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight." So you do not eat this for awhile but for the rest of your life.

I have read all the book reviews and did not find one time that this did not work. It is very different than other ways of losing weight or weight loss. The husband and wife, Bert and Judi Herring are both medical doctors. The husband worked for the U.S federal government (NCI-- National Cancer Institute) researching cancer. He found the cure for being overweight while researching the cure for cancer.

I worked for the U.S. federal government as a chemist and they pay a lot and have a lot of bonuses. The reason for this is the more a company pays you, the less that they make. The parts of the federal government are not for profit companies that want to make the most and spend as little as possible. The federal government runs on a socialistic principle and the more that they spend, the more that they are given. I am giving you some background of where this idea came from. I just learned about this from a TED video.

It did not come from an idea to make money but from something that happened to the husband. He normally skipped lunch so he could get more done. He was busy one time and missed breakfast. He had heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that if he misses it, all sorts of bad things will happen to him. Well nothing bad happened to him. He skipped breakfast and did not feel hungry. Since he felt fine, he continued to skip breakfast and ended up losing 20 extra pounds. He says that the idea of not skipping breakfast comes from the food companies that want you eat as much food as possible.

Then he got his wife to try it and it worked for her also. He figured out that the time one eats may matter. Make sure to read the article under the picture. So he did a lot of research on this and came up with a schedule. She lost 30 pounds. So here is the lifestyle that works with helping people to lose weight in all of its simplicity. You eat whatever you want and as much as you want. So far, so good. But you only eat for 5 consecutive hours and eat nothing during the other 19 hours of the day. It may take some getting used to this, but it works. One lady has lost 200 pounds using this.

The surprising thing that Dr. Herring found was that by skipping breakfast and lunch he had less appetite. This is what others found also. So by eating during these 5 hours they found that the body ate enough so it would be at the ideal weight. For some unknown reason, when the person ate outside of these 5 hours, they would put on more weight.

I do know if you have kids that are having fun, you can ask them every 3 hours if they want to stop and eat a meal and they would say they are not hungry every time. If they are bored and not having fun then if you asked them the same question every 3 hours then they would want to eat every single time. So if you eat for fun or because you are bored, then the body will rebel by gaining excess weight. And that is what is happening to so many people that obesity has become the world's biggest health problem.

This is also called the fast-5 lifestyle. When you fast for less than a day, it is called intermittent fasting. Dr. Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He says that IF (intermittent fasting) improves cognitive function, reduces resting heart rate, reduces blood pressure, reduces inflammation, increases efficiency and increases stress resistance.

I have never been overweight and there is a possibility that I cannot become overweight. I have been eating only one meal a day since I was 20. That fits into the above plan. Remember that even though Dr. Herring suggests that you eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, you can eat whatever you want and it works. You can also eat as much as you want. All you need to do is to make sure that eating is done in 5 consecutive hours that you choose in a single day.

In the video below Dr. Herring mentions dogma while talking about breakfast. People have been programmed to do a lot of things that are wrong. Like the flu is short for influenza since it is caused by influence of the stars. Also why were you taught to say "God bless you" when someone sneezes? It is because of the belief that an evil spirit is trying to possess you. It is only your nose trying to eject debris.

So people would ask me "Am I hungry during the day." I would say "No." Then some would say that eating one meal a day is not enough to get enough food so I must be starving to death. Then others say that my metabolism would slow down so much that I would become extremely obese. I say "Yes." I am an extremely obese person that is starving to death. In other words I stay at my ideal weight and food is not something I need to worry about.

See Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day. This has a lot of good information on it. Remember Dr. Mattson mentioned above?

Here is another webpage I found interesting called The Science of One Meal a Day. It says:

According to American neuroscientist Dr. Mark Mattson, in a research paper he published in a British medical journal called The Lancet in 2005, eating one meal a day is the healthiest and most natural way of life.

Dr. Mattson believes that eating one meal a day or one meal every other day can actually cut calorie intake by 40 percent. He and other researchers also suggest that such a diet can serve as a protection against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as against cardiovascular diseases.

I have also done a 22 day fast on only pure water and have done pure water fasts for 10 days, a week and shorter fasts. The bible mentions fasting 74 times because it was the main healing method of that time for the Jews. Many doctors say that sleeping is bad for you. Now you and they may say that this is not true. That is because they do not know they are saying that sleep is bad for you. How can they not know. People forget that to sleep, you have to fast. So part of the benefits that you get from sleeping come from fasting. The only way fasting can be bad for you is if sleeping is bad for you.

Note that I heard on a video Dr. Herring says not to not mention fasting since many doctors do not understand fasting. He wonders how a doctor can be here and not know about the benefits of fasting but he will admit that he is not a normal doctor. A normal doctor is not here to help people with their health. They are here to make a lot of money with a very profitable business. "We're a couple of non-conformist physicians who left mainstream medicine," Dr. Judi Herring said during an interview.

The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle by Bert Herring M.D..

The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle
The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle

The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle is a book about integrating intermittent fasting into a daily routine that gets appetite working like it should -- reducing intake if you have excess fat and maintaining a healthy weight if you don't. The Fast-5 rule is simple: eat within five consecutive hours. The book is about how to get started, what to expect, and how to deal with the challenges of eating in a way that's not the social norm, but saves time, saves money, and is one of the most easily sustained choices for getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.


The Mystery of Fast-5 and D.I.E.T.-- Bert Herring M.D.


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    • Claudine Fleury profile image

      Claudine Fleury 

      3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I enjoyed your article, nice to see some endorsement for these ideas. I am Indigenous, and our culture fasts regularly in tandem with celebrations such as Sun Dances and Ceremonial Sweat Lodge. I personally eat only once a day myself, but have had some metabolic challenges due to prescription medications that are not without unfortunate side effects. But I have also survived two run ins with cancer- and fasting was key to my recovery and without chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. I believe nutrition and fasting are the key to immunodeficiency issues. :)


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