Over the past few years, Intermittent Fasting (I.F.) has been growing in popularity. Personally, I’ve been practicing I.F. for just a few months with some encouraging success. I fell in love with the ease and flexibility of the plan. Actually, its more like a lifestyle than a diet plan. I.F.’s eating and fasting windows provided the structure that I needed with the added flexibility in the window times. I was able to set the best times for my fasting window. Most importantly, I.F. did not restrict any major food groups. So, I was able to continue delighting in some of my favorite dishes. Other than staying away from overly processed sugary foods, I did not have to give anything.
With that said, Intermittent Fasting comes in many variations. There’s the 16/8 method, 5:2 diet, the Warrior diet and a few others. Like the more popular 16/8 method, these alternatives plans provides flexibility and a malleable structure that allows you to mold the plan to your lifestyle. One plan in particular, Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon takes fasting to the another level. This is what I’ve learned.
Intermittent Fasting with a Twist
When I ran across Eat Stop Eat, I wasn’t sure exactly how it differed from IF. After doing some research and found that its popularity is growing steadily, so, I decided to dive into the book. What I discovered is that Eat Stop Eat book focuses on reversing years of brainwashing about diet.
Unlike I.F., Eat Stop Eat’s main concept is based on “cycle’s of consumption”. Our ancient ancestors consumed calories that came in waves of highs and lows. Some cycle’s food was abundant and other cycle’s food was scare. To mimic our ancestor’s natural eating cycle’s, Brad suggests either one or two 24 hour fasting days per week creating a calorie deficit for optimal weight loss. You get to choose which days to fast that best fit your lifestyle. The entire foundation of this plan is based on Intermittent Fasting. So, it’s very easy to follow.
First, a calorie deficit in any diet plan will create weight loss. So, we know is very possible that you will lose weight. What’s important is the simplicity of the plan itself. Eat Stop Eat does not require food restrictions or mandatory exercise. All you need to do is decide which day or days you will fast. On the other five days, you go about life as you normally do, and that’s it. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Second, another positive result of 24-hour fasting is the improvement in your energy. By giving your body a break, your mind will become clear and less hampered. You will begin to feel rejuvenated from the inside out.
Third, fasting one to two days a week will reduce your grocery bill. Also, it takes the pressure off of having to cook every day or think about food daily. You’ll soon learn that you have more time for other tasks.
Fourth, calorie restriction may also lead to decreased insulin levels, increased insulin sensitivity and growth hormone levels.
Last, this book is a quick read. With just 260 pages, you will be able to jump directly into the plan.
There are a few cons to this plan.
First, this plan may be too flexible for some. This plan lacks the structure and guidelines some people require. It’s easy to overeat and its possible to gain weight if you are not mindful that this is a lifestyle change.
Second, this book lacks food lists and recommendations. There are no lists of foods you should avoid or consume which is helpful. However, you can find a vast number of Intermittent Fasting food recommendations online.
Last, what’s a pro may also be a con. The book is only 260 pages. The book is plain and rather uninteresting. So, if you’re looking for visuals or graphics, this is not the book for you.
What this book does successfully is dispelled some of the biggest myths in weight loss. And, takes the fat-burning concept of Intermittent Fasting and takes it into overdrive. This book is definitely worth your attention. And, the 60-day Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked makes this a no-risk option.
Before You Leave
I’m a big fan and follower of Intermittent Fasting. However, by incorporating Eat Stop Eat‘s 24-hour fasting windows has become a spark to my weight loss journey.