Eat Stop Eat
According to World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980. Given that obesity and overweight are the fifth leading factor for death in the world, millions of people go on fad diets each year. A study conducted in 2012 showed that 50% of Americans go on diets every year, spending more than $65 billion. Nearly 90-95% of them give up and gain back a lot more weight than when they started out. These facts are not at all surprising, because most diets are difficult to follow. Brad Pilon, the author of the book “Eat Stop Eat”, claims that diets are unnatural and we were never meant to skip entire food groups. He claims that fasting once or twice a week for 24 hours at a time is a better way to weight loss.
Brad Pilon, the author of the book “Eat Stop Eat”, is science geek, and a nutritionist residing in Guelph, Canada. He was working on his thesis on intermittent fasting and how it was the wrong way to lose weight. After pouring over 317 research papers, he was forced to conclude exactly the opposite. After his post-graduation, he worked for a leading supplement companies, and went on to become the head of the R&D. Access to the latest gadgets and scientific labs enabled him to test the findings of his post-graduation thesis on a number of subjects including models and athletes. He was able to prove that intermittent fasting when done in a specific way helped lose weight faster compared to any other known method.
How Eat Stop Eat Works
Eat-Stop-Eat advocates what is called the natural cycle of consumption. It is a cycle of high and low calories, which kept our ancestors naturally fit and healthy. In simple terms, it’s eating to your fill every day, and fast for 24 hrs in a week. So, how is this intermittent fasting better than other diets?
- You don’t have to count your calories each day
- Just a tiny amount of self-control on one day frees you from being hungry all the time which is the case in other diets.
- You do not have to give up any kind of food
When you follow this method, you not only lose weight, but also
- increase your brain functions
- reduce risk of diabetes
- increased testosterone
- rejuvenate and look younger
What You Get in The Book
This book is available for download from their website, currently for a special price of $15. This comes with a 60 days, No-questions-asked full refund. Once you pay, you get
- Eat Stop Eat – A new and expanded edition – this edition talks in detail about intermittent fasting and its effects on metabolism, your muscle mass and hunger. It also talks about exercising during fasting and its health benefits
- Eat Stop Eat – A quick start guide – This is provided as a free bonus when you buy the book. It helps you to skip all the explanations and jump start with the method.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this method safe for women?
Yes. There are many myths about how fasting is not safe for women. There is a chapter in the book titled “Fasting for women” which specifically talks about how fasting is good for women and how to go about it.
Also, I wouldn’t have included it on my blog for women if it wasn’t good for women. Check out my results!
Will this method help me gain muscle?
This method is developed to both lose fat and gain muscle mass. The chapter titled “Fasting and Muscle mass” specifically talks about this.
I am nearly 70 years old. Can I use this method to stay fit and healthy?
You should first get medical clearance from your doctor for diet and exercise regime. You can then start using this method to stay fit and healthy.
Pros and Cons
The pros of Eat stop Eat plan are:
- It is more straightforward than other diets and does not require you to skip entire food groups like carbs
- A review published in Obesity Reviews 2011, says that intermittent fasting helps weight loss in the same manner as in a reduced calorie diet, while retaining more lean muscle mass.
- Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation and helps cellular cleansing.
The cons of this plan are:
- Some people can experience crankiness and headaches while fasting
- This plan is not suitable for diabetics and people with eating disorders
- Eat Stop Eat plan does not specify any particular meal plan for non-fasting days. This might lead some people to eat uncontrollably after a fast and eliminate the benefits of fasting.
By the way, I do not adhere to the eating window in the book. Brad Pilon talks about a 12 hour window, but I use an 8 hour eating window to go with the original method of Intermittent Fasting. Both are said to work, but 16/8 has a lot more followers and success stories.
For people who are struggling to lose weight, this book is worth a shot. A little bit of self-control on the fasting days would help you go a long way in getting your weight to where it should be.
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