Does Eat Stop Eat Really Work or Is it a Scam? Here is a review of Brad Pilon's Program:
There are so many different dieting approaches being promoted today that it’s hard to know which is right for you. All sorts of approaches from low carbohydrate eating to assigning your food points are touted in popular dieting books, and one of the newest methods to gain popularity is intermittent fasting.
What this entails, as the name implies, is fasting for regular intervals throughout the week to decrease total weekly calorie intake and lose weight. The idea is that by including a few fasting periods during the week you can enjoy eating a relatively normal diet at other times and still achieve a calorie deficit sufficient for appreciable weight loss.
The Intermittent Fasting “Bible”
Eat Stop Eat is a great new guide that explains the methodology and benefits behind intermittent fasting. The author Brad Pilon recommends two fasts per weeks, and goes on to describe how it is even possible to gain muscle while following his approach. The guide has received an awful lot of attention in health and fitness circles, and deservedly so. Brad’s approach is a breath of fresh air, and offers an alternative to the usual 4-6 small meals per day approach to dieting. It is perfect for folks who prefer a less structured approach—but who can suffer through a couple periods of fasting per week.
There is clearly a trade off here. Fasting for 18 hours clearly comes with its difficulties, but for certain personality types, this is preferable to watching what you eat at every single meal. You will still have to eat responsibly during your non-fasting periods, but have a little more leeway than you would on a standard diet.
The Research Behind the Method
For decades the prevailing wisdom stated that fasting was not an ideal weight loss method, as it led to the loss of muscle tissue and down regulation of the metabolism. The assumptions form the basis of the 6 small meals approach to dieting that has become so popular. However, new research shows that these assumptions were unfounded, and that fasting neither slows down the metabolism nor causes the body to cannibalize muscle tissue. It was actually found that periods of fasting (at least 18 hours in length) actually improved metabolic rate rather than compromising it. This research was quite conclusive, and has prompted significant changes in how we look at dieting.
My Personal Results
Having dieted down to very low body fat levels using the traditional approach, I was curious to see if Brad’s research held up in real world application, so I gave it a try. I found it very easy to get through the fasting periods—easier than I suspected, in fact. When I got hungry I just thought about the grass fed New York strip I had in the fridge and reminded myself that it was just a matter of hours before I could slap it in the pan.
After three weeks on the plan I was noticeably leaner, yet had not lost muscle or strength. I was 5 pounds lighter—and still looked full and muscular—something I can’t say about previous low carbohydrate diets I have used. The best part was how easy it was. I was not weighing my food or stuck on a boring broccoli and chicken routine, but I was still getting the type of results I would expect from that sort of effort.
In short, I was converted to the intermittent fasting approach.
A Versatile Approach
I think this type of diet is particularly well suited to busy folks who work and have children and other responsibilities to take care of. Not eating for 18 hours requires pretty much zero preparation, nor does the sensible diet you will be following while you’re not fasting. It’s about as low maintenance as an effective diet can be.
A word of caution—it is important that you keep your food intake reasonable during the non-fasting periods. If you eat pizza and donuts after each fast you will be cancelling out the calorie deficit you just created, and will likely see little to no results. You can eat normal healthy food like a nice steak with grilled asparagus and roasted new potatoes, or a salmon filet with wild rice and ratatouille. This may not sound extravagant, but compared to the normal diet fare it was a welcomed improvement for me.
I recommend doing your grocery shopping on the weekend and having plenty of healthy, delicious foods ready to prepare. This will prevent you from stopping for fast food or other “forbidden” foods. After fasting for 18 hours you will be amazed at how delicious and filling a normal healthy meal can be. This is one of the biggest perks to this approach—it gives you a new appreciation for simple foods. You won’t feel like you need a Philly cheese steak to curb your hunger, a grilled chicken breast with sweet potatoes and wilted spinach will be more than satisfying.
Increases HGH Production
Another huge benefit to intermittent fasting is that it has been shown to increase the release of HGH from the pituitary gland. In addition to speeding the recovery and healing processes, HGH also promotes fat burning and muscle retention.
Who is Eat Stop Eat For?
The beauty of this program is that it can work for just about anyone. It is so easy to follow that it requires no real time commitment, and since you can eat whatever type of (reasonably) healthy foods you like when you’re not fasting, it requires no special foods to work. It may seem like too simple of an approach for the more hardcore fitness buffs out there, but it is a tool anyone can benefit from. The simplicity is what makes it so powerful, as even the busiest folks can stick to this program with minimal effort.
If you’re ready to get lean and ripped without pulling out the food scale and eating obsessively every three hours, Eat Stop Eat is the perfect solution for you. I highly recommend you give it a try today!