Fasting for Weight Loss: Eat Stop Eat Review
I asked my readers and subscribers what they’d like to see from me the most, and what’s their greatest challenges.
Almost without exception, the answers were weight loss related.
“What to eat to lose weight?”
“What are good weight loss foods?”
etc.So I thought: OK, I’ll write a series of posts, reviewing the most popular weight loss programs and diets out there.
If you’re a regular reader you’ll by now know that I’m a honest guy, and I’m not gonna butter up and tell you something’s great if in reality it sucks, just for a quick buck.
If it sucks I will say so. If it’s good, or so-so, I say so.
Eat Stop Eat
This is a weight loss program devised by a guy called Brad Pilon. He’s a pretty smart dude, got a degree in nutrition and knows how to read scientific studies.
Eat stop eat is a fasting diet, or rather a intermittent fasting system.
Fasting -complete abstinence from foods or any other calories- just might be the fastest way to lose weight. (nope, the pun was not intended!)
The trick here is that you look at a weekly rather than a daily calorie deficit. So if you eat just the same as always, but leave out 2 days where you eat nothing…well at the end of the week you have consumed one hell of a lot less calories than usual.
If that sounds simple then that’s because it is. But is it easy?
I can tell you this from my experience: at first, like the first 2-3 times, it was pretty difficult not eating for 18, 20, even 24 hours at a time. I guess that’s mainly because we’re just used to eat, pretty much every day and all day long.
But once you get the hang of it, it really is quite easy: when fasted, you don’t even think about food! You’d expect the opposite but there you go.Stands to reason: wanna lose weight? Don’t eat! It doesn’t get much simpler than that. But it’s actually also quite smart…
Turns out that intermittent fasting (basically meaning a day of fasting alternated with a day of normal eating) is quite healthy, actually:
- It’s good for detox (cleaning the body)
- It raises HGH levels (human growth hormone)
- It burns fat
Fasting for weight loss is definitely a very effective approach. But is it the best way to lose weight? Hard to say… I’d personally put it right up there into the top 3.
What I particularly like about it is that it’s a fairly simple, probably quite natural thing to do (in the old, old days, there must have been prolonged periods of food shortage), and at the end it’s even good for you:
Animal studies have shown that the one reliable factor to extend life is calorie restriction. Probably works for humans, too.
Oh and by the way: will you lose muscle? Doesn’t happen. You might even gain some. This is quite solidly backed up by science as well as by experience of the many who have experimented with fasting for weight loss by now. Brad has much more on this.
So that’s it for this eat stop eat review, if you want to find out more or check out the program, you can click here, that will take you to Brad Pilon’s website. http://www.tsmethod.com/blog/eat
This here is an affiliate link. That means if you buy through it, you pay the same as you would anyways, but I get a cut from the seller.
Many use them, most are hush-hush about it. Not me. I want you to know, and I want you to be clear that it will not affect my judgement either way.
I personally think that’s cool and fair, classic win win: you get what you’ve been looking for, I get a little something for my time.
But if you don’t wanna do that for some reason, you can also simply paste this in your browser: www.eatstopeat.com/
And yes, you DO get my straight up opinion, aff link or not. Just wanna have said that.