Eat Stop Eat is a lifestyle diet plan designed by Brad Pilon.
The diet plan is detailed in a book*** of the same name.
Let’s take a look at the basic ideas of this diet and see how this Eat Stop Eat review might be of benefit to you.
Intermittent fasting is an idea that has quickly become the central focus of several diet and lifestyle plans.
Why the change in popularity?
I think it’s growth stems from the lesser restrictions on food selection when utilizing this lifestyle.
This leads to greater adherence and improved weight loss results because this lifestyle is sustainable.
In theory, most diets will work if they are followed as intended. But with greater restrictions and unrealistic expectations ( IE. 90 minutes of HIIT or 1200 calorie daily caps), the diet’s practitioners gradually give-up and fail to lose weight.
Intermittent fasting has the following benefits:
- natural calorie restriction
- increase insulin sensitivity
- increased glucagon levels (fat burning mode)
- stimulates the release of human growth hormone.
Simply put, intermittent fasting is a period of time when no food is consumed, followed by a period of eating.
Depending on the particular plan, the fasting period may be anywhere from 16-24 hours.
The eating period varies too; some programs call for a small window of time to eat, others feature an entire days’ worth of normal eating, coupled with a day of no eating.
For example, The Warrior Diet, which we visited in another article, has a 20-hour under-eating period and a 4-hour overeating period every day.
Wait a Second: Fasting and Skipping Meals Makes Your Body Go into Starvation Mode
Most people believe that statement to be true. Actually, pretty much everyone I’ve ever asked, believes that statement to be true.
I admit, I also once believed fasting and skipping meals made your metabolism slowdown. Of course I did. When you read or told something over and over again, you start to believe it.
Until someone you respect tells you the opposite. Then, if you’ll like me, you question it and want to find out whose theory is correct.
–> Insert studies proving the “Starvation Mode” theory is incorrect, here:
Your metabolism does not slowdown when you intermittent fast. That is why it’s called ‘intermittent’ and not permanent. There was a time when the human race didn’t have refrigerators in every home and/or convenience stores on every street corner.
The human body is designed to be able to survive periods of time without food and your metabolism does not slowdown during these periods. In truth, your metabolism actually increases during these initial periods of fasting.
But….I heard Fasting causes Muscle Loss
And where did you hear that?
Was there a study that proves that theory? If so, please let me know in the comments below.
This is just another wives’ tale spread throughout the internet with no factual backing. Hey, think about it. There is no money in advising people to eat less now is there?
Here is the only study I can find on protein metabolism and intermittent fasting. You be the judge.
Eat Stop Eat Review
Brad’s intermittent fasting protocol calls for two 24-hour fasts per week.
So, if you eat dinner at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday, and Wednesday is one of your fasting days, you will not eat again until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
His plan is not particular about which days you choose to fast.
Fasting days are selected at the user’s convenience.
Eat Stop Eat vs The Warrior Diet
Since both feature intermittent fasting, you might think they’re basically the same.
Detractors of the Warrior Diet think that fasting every day is difficult.
Plus, some say that the 4-hour window allowed for eating doesn’t allow them to get enough of the daily calories their body requires.
Others have said it contributes to food obsession, which is a primary reason people choose to diet in the first place.
Brad Pilon believes obsessing over food is one of the biggest reasons most diets eventually fail.
Even though his plan calls for two intermittent fasts per week (or one, for beginners), non-fasting days are spent eating normally, without concern of calorie counts or types of food ingested.
Of course, like any lifestyle plan, his diet plan counts on its followers to eat healthily in moderation.
But one should not fret over a little indulgence on occasion.
The intermittent fasting period has helped some people control their obsession with food.
It also makes them more aware of what they are eating, when they are eating.
Rather than obsess, they learn to control cravings and tend to make better nutritional choices overall.
Eat Stop Eat also focuses on the addition of lean muscle.
So, exercise is definitely a part of the program.
Pilon also offers advice on training in his book.
Eat Stop Eat Benefits
Some of the most common gains reported, aside from fat loss, are increased energy levels, overall change of mind state regarding lifestyle, lean muscle gains, improved insulin sensitivity, and the reduction of cravings.
Others report savings in grocery bills, since they eat less overall.
Perhaps the most important benefit though, according to Pilon, is that his diet is sustainable.
It’s not a diet plan in the true sense, it’s a lifestyle philosophy.
Once people buy into it, they make the necessary changes in order to live healthier and keep off the excess fat.
Eat Stop Eat Testimonial
Kelly: I have personally used Brad’s intermittent fasting techniques since the 1st edition.
And to this day, people still ask me the same questions over and over.
“Why do you do it, why not just exercise?”
“Is it healthy?”
Even my wife gives me a hard time!
Intermittent fasting delivers me a weekly freedom that you can’t explain or experience until you have tried it for yourself.
I love it and look forward to it each week.
If you’re interested in finding a long-term fitness and lifestyle plan to burn fat and improve your health, you should just give Eat Stop Eat*** a try.
Update – I’m back fasting again and really enjoying it. I’ve rambling about daily at Fuel Fantastic.
*This review was written by guest author, Gregg Mumma.
**This review was edited by Kelly Fitzsimmons.
Additional Reading – Intermittent Fasting Studies on Rodents
*Note – You need to take results from non-human studies with a grain of salt.
Intermittent Fasting Studies on Human