Appendix B


The extensive references listed in this Appendix cite the scientific studies, medical news reports, and research papers used in this book; others provide background information on intermittent fasting, nutrition, hormones, supplements, women’s health, and other issues covered here.


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Chapter 1: Why Intermittent Fasting?

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Chapter 2: Balance Your Master Hormones

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Chapter 3: Trigger Your Weight-Loss Hormones

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Chapter 4: Restore Your Sex Hormones, Thyroid, and Melatonin

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Chapter 5: Intermittent Fasting and Your Life Stage

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Chapter 6: So – What Do I Eat?

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Chapter 7: How to Supplement While Fasting

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Chapter 8: Preparing for a Successful Fast

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Chapter 9: Phase 1: Induction – Days 1 – 7

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Chapter 10: Optimization: Days 8 – 37

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Chapter 11: Phase 3: Modification – Days 38 to 45

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Stockman, M., et al. 2018. Intermittent Fasting: Is the Wait Worth the Weight? Current Obesity Reports 7: 172-185.
Wilhelmi de Toledo, F., et al. 2019. Safety, Health Improvement and Well-Being during a 4 to 21-Day Fasting Period in an Observational Study including 1422 Subjects. PLoS One 14: e0209353.

Chapter 12: Maintain Your Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle

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