The Eat Stop Eat Diet is one of the top selling weight loss programs introduced by fitness and nutrition expert Brad Pilion. This program is totally different from traditional diets, and actually allows you to fast for one day a week. By fasting for a 24 hour period, it speeds up your body’s metabolism and sends spikes in your energy levels. Don’t worry if you think you can’t go 24 hours without eating (that’s what I was worried about). They have several techniques they will show you to help curb your food and hunger cravings.
I used to be a food addict myself, and I would often find myself in a fast food drive through once if not twice a day. It was almost like a drug, and I would find myself looking my next greasy fix. Ever since I started the Eat Stop Eat Diet, I don’t have these same cravings, and my body has learned to eat in moderation. This diet still involves working out just like every other fitness program, but I have been simply amazed by the results I have achieved compared to other diets I tried.
Overall, I have been very pleased with this program and the amount of weight I was able to lose with it. If you would like to learn more please click on the banner below or continue reading my detailed review.
Eat Stop Eat in Review – Does It Work?
Brad Pillion, a certified nutritionist and body builder, did not invent fasting for weight loss. He did however put together a concept for Intermittent Fasting that explains the benefits of fasting intermittently for weight loss and muscle toning. He advocates eating a healthy diet and mild exercise while fasting to get the maximum benefit from the program.
The ESE Book
Surprisingly this book was first introduced in 2007, but the concept gained popularity slowly. Many people thought that it was a gimmick; too good to be true. Over time the concept of Intermittent Fasting and the resulting ease of this method for weight loss gained favor with the public.
The book is an interesting and easy read, less than an hour. It is written in simple and easy to understand language with facts and research supporting all claims. You will find that you want to re-read the text to make sure you did not miss anything!
The book, co-authored & presented by By Adam Steer (NSCA-CPT), begins by explaining what fasting is, and how it benefits the body. Again, all claims are backed by research and facts. It then moves into the benefits gained from exercising while using Intermittent Fasting for weight loss. Strength training is recommended for maximum retention of muscle mass.
Next Brad Pilon examines (and disproves), common myths associated with fasting, such as ‘fasting ruins the metabolism’, ‘while fasting you only lose water weight’ and ‘your blood sugar will plummet’. He then discusses the health benefits that one can expect by using this simple method including decreased body fat while maintaining muscle mass, decrease in blood glucose levels, decrease in insulin levels and sensitivity, increase in growth hormone levels and a decrease in food related stress.
The book then moves into how to incorporate Intermittent Fasting comfortably into ones lifestyle, again touching on the health benefits gained by Intermittent Fasting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because Intermittent Fasting is a relatively new method to lose weight there are many questions surrounding the program and some misconceptions as well. Let’s have a look at some of the most common questions.
Q: Can I drink coffee during the fasting period?
A: Surprisingly, coffee is beneficial during a fast since it enhances the fat burning process by increasing the production of epinephrine. A study that was published in January 1990, ‘Enhanced thermogenic response to epinephrine after 48-h starvation in humans’ states that an increase in epinephrine enhances thermogenic effects. Do not take this to mean that coffee should be the sole source of liquid, however a cup of java in the morning will not hurt and can be beneficial. [source]
Q: Should I take vitamins or a supplement while fasting?
A: Since vitamins are absorbed into to the body via food, taking them on a fast is of no benefit. Many supplements have sugar in them and should be avoided. If you are worried of nutrition, then I suggest you to take Biotrust low carb protein shake.
Q: Is Intermittent Fasting safe if you’re pregnant?
A: Pregnant women should not engage in weight loss programs unless specifically advised to by a physician. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health in February of 2005 ‘The effect of intermittent maternal fasting on computerized fetal heart tracing’, shows that intermittent fasting alters fetal heartbeat; another study found that intermittent fasting altered fetal breathing patterns. Other studies show that weight loss programs may increase the chance for gestational diabetes. [source]
Q: Is Intermittent Fasting safe for seniors?
A: Simply put, yes. Even though studies have not been conducted on humans, there have been studies done on elderly rats that show many beneficial neurological effects derived from intermittent fasting. Seniors should consult with their physician prior to beginning intermittent fasting. The doctor can tell how this would affect prescribed medications and general health. [source]
Q: Should I exercise while in the fasting period?
A: Light exercise is beneficial while in the fasting period. Take a walk, a bike ride or do some gardening. Try to stay active while fasting, as this will prevent the hunger obsession from taking hold of your mind.
Heavy and intense workouts should be postponed until close to the end of the fasting period simply because heavy workouts often create intense hunger. By doing these heavy workouts at the end of the fast, you will be able to indulge in eating soon after the workout.
Results, Testimonials & Case Studies
4 Advantages of Intermittent Fasting
As Intermittent Fasting becomes ever more popular as a method to lose weight, the questions surrounding the method also increase. The question that I hear the most in one form or another is “What does Intermittent Fasting do for me?”
1 – Less Restrictive
Most accepted weight loss methods require that you count calories and/or grams, or you are required not to eat fats or carbohydrates. Some weight loss methods go as far as prohibiting entire food groups.
These are not long-term eating habits that you will adapt for the remainder of your life. Sure they work, and you lose weight. However, as soon as you begin eating ‘normally’ the weight sneaks back on, thus creating a vicious circle of ‘dieting’ that never ends.
Intermittent Fasting allows you to eat more of what you want without over eating. Some people find that combining IF with eating healthy foods increases weight loss, and the energy level.
2 – Better Control of Eating Habits
The first time or two that you enter the fasting stage you may feel as if you are starving to death! You may even go off the fast and enter a binging state. Do not give up. (For more information on beginning an IF lifestyle, click here)
Your body is not accustomed to not eating for extended periods of time, and wants you to give it fuel. Of course you have ample fuel stored in your body in the form of fat cells. You are simply training your body to use the alternate source of energy.
Surprisingly after two or three fasting states you will not feel hungry. In fact you will find that hunger pangs in general do not bother you anymore. This lack of hunger pangs allows you much more control over your eating habits than you previously had.
3 – Muscle Mass is Retained
Unlike some other weight loss methods, Intermittent Fasting actually promotes the retention of muscle mass. The body goes to its primary ‘fuel’ source when it is not given new fuel. That fuel source is fat cells. The body only attacks muscle if it truly feels it is starving.
Retention of muscle mass is highly desired. This is not to imply that you need to become a body builder, but having a toned body is a plus for everyone.
4 – IF Adapts to Your Lifestyle
The great thing about IF is that it is not ‘set in stone’. Everything about IF is flexible. This flexibility allows one to fit IF into their lifestyle.
In other words if you normally do not eat before noon then the 16-hour daily fast may work the best for you. No food from 6:00p.m. until 10:00a.m. The best part about the 16-hour daily fast is that you get to sleep through most of the fast! Others find that doing two 24-hour fasts during the week works better for them. Select the variation that best fits into your life.
The Bottom Line
You choose how you want to fast – two 24-hour fasts per week, or 16 hours every day. It is up to you.
When you are not fasting there are no food restrictions. You can eat normally on the days that you are not fasting and still lose weight, therefore you don’t feel deprived. You can also elect to incorporate a favorite diet routine on the days that you are not fasting; however it is not necessary. Many people elect to eat their normal foods but try smaller portions. Again, it is up to you.
Health benefits are many, including stabilized insulin production and increase in growth hormone for retention of muscle mass.
Strength training is recommended to achieve maximum benefit from the Intermittent Fasting method. Current exercise routines do not have to be curtailed; continue as you normally would. Because they feel more energetic when practicing Intermittent Fasting some people add exercise to their daily routine.
In Eat Stop Eat Brad Pilon states, “In fact, with Eat Stop Eat you are losing fat by doing nothing: not cooking, not eating, and not worrying about what you will eat when you’re eating. In exchange, you spend a little time lifting weights (which you should be doing anyway for the health benefits of exercise itself) and trying to be somewhat responsible on the days that you are eating.”
NOTE: The only persons that are advised not to practice Intermittent Fasting are women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant and children (including teenagers). Intermittent Fasting has an effect on fetal heartbeat and breathing that is not fully understood, and no research has been done on the effects of Intermittent Fasting on children.
In conclusion I give Eat Stop Eat and the Intermittent Fasting method it teaches 5 stars. It works, and is easy to incorporate into any lifestyle. Buy the book and begin a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Where Can I get it Eat Stop Eat?
This diet is available by download by clicking on the link below. This E-book is a pretty easy read and is about 190 pages long. The book will cost you $37 total but, there is a 3 day trial available, where you pay just $9.99 up front, and after three days they will charge you the remaining $27. This will give you a chance to try it out and see if you like it. Please note, there is also a 60 day 100% money back guarantee on this e-book if you have any buyer’s remorse whatsoever. All you need to do is contact the payment processor Clickbank for a full refund.