‘Eat Stop Eat’ Diet: A Fad or a Lifestyle Change?
Many people trying to lose weight know that a combination of diet and exercise is needed to shed off fat, build back muscles, and begin a healthier, lifestyle change. But not everyone can follow this basic rule, specifically those who pat themselves in the back thinking that the more exercise they do, the more leeway they have when it comes to food consumption. Traditionally, this is frowned upon in the fitness industry, but Eat Stop Eat could break this perception.
What is the Eat Stop Eat Diet?
“Eat Stop Eat” is basically a book about intermittent fasting, but what’s interesting is that it boasts 200+ peer-reviewed studies published in medical journals around the world.
The author, Brad Pilon, has been a fitness enthusiast since age 14. When most 16-year-olds were doing odd jobs, Brad was selling supplements to bodybuilders at a shop. His passion for fitness turned pro when he earned a degree in Applied Human Nutrition and continued on to become a research analyst at a Toronto-based company.
After six years in the job, a promotion as Research & Development Manager, and dozens of supplements designed that are still in the market until today, Brad decided to quit and go back to school. His focus?–The metabolic effects of Short Term fasting. As a body building enthusiast, he wanted to know how to lose body fat without damaging muscles.
The information on his book, Eat Stop Eat, was compiled as part of his research during graduate school, including advice from nutrition specialists he met traveling to Asia and Europe, and data-backed results from conducting multiple tests on athletes and bodybuilders.
Does Eat Stop Eat Really Work?
Brad Pilon’s studies were based on intermittent fasting, so the information on his book is backed on scientific data. He explains that when a person undergoes fasting for 24 hours, he/she experiences low insulin levels, increased growth hormone levels, improved metabolic rate, balanced cortisol levels, and properly functioning adrenal glands – all of which contribute to a person’s reduced calorie intake for any given week.
Pilon said in his book that with 24-hour fasting, a person does not experience low energy and crankiness due to caloric deficiency. He/she has the freedom to eat whatever he likes during non-fasting days without the need of any other supplement, laxative or cleansers.
Brad’s study also proved that 24-hour fasting result to increased testosterone levels, which is an important factor in muscle growth. It also does not affect workouts negatively, so someone following this type of fasting could continue with his/her chosen exercise routine.
Unlike the traditional intermittent fasting with information readily available online, Brad Pilon’s method is a bit different. As such, he advises not to try intermittent fasting without having read the book first.
Eat Stop Eat is not a “Lose Weight Fast” diet, It is a Lifestyle Change
Although following Brad’s guidelines will lead you to lose weight, do not expect results to be drastic and be seen overnight.
The main benefit of this diet is that you do not need to follow strict diet meals throughout the fasting. You can eat anything you like during non-fasting days, and still expect to lose up to two pounds of fat every week. This may not seem like a lot of weight, but as long as you follow the book, this number would be consistent each week.
Eat Stop Eat is suitable for anyone seeking to lose weight or get ripped, because whatever fitness goals you have, you cannot deny that diet is a huge part of your goal. What’s interesting is that the book advocates to doing what works for you. It gives you the option to fast or not, freedom to adjust your taste and budget on 144 hours of eating per week, and flexibility when it comes to your ‘getting ripped’ or ‘weight loss’ plan.
One of the reasons people fail with their fitness goals is the way diets are designed as a one-for-all thing. People follow one specific diet, stick to its guidelines regardless of how strict, and do not adjust to their own life. With Eat Stop Eat, Brad recommends leaving “weight metric” behind, and track other metrics instead. If the fasting isn’t working to reach your goal, adjust. But if things are working to benefit you, then don’t change them.
As for reported side effects, some people who follow Eat Stop Eat complain of mild to medium level headaches during the initial stages. The good thing is, the body will “learn” how to handle this kind of fasting and adapt.
Brad emphasizes on his book that people in prehistoric age did not eat every 4 hours, since they had to hunt, fish, plant for food. Studies have even shown that these people were not unhealthy despite this fact and that the human body can accommodate intermittent fasting without damaging the body.