Update 1: Brad Pilon just released his new and improved expanded edition of Eat Stop Eat. It includes all new chapters on leptin, fasting and women, longer fasts, fasting as training, and more.
Update 2: For those that decide to purchase Eat Stop Eat through any of the links in this article, I am offering an exclusive workout program as a bonus. I designed the program with Eat Stop Eat in mind and it’s perfect. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and I’ll send the bonus over.
Fasting is a dirty word. You tell someone that you’re fasting for fat loss or weight maintenance and they look at you like you’re some crazy motherf*cker.
But tell them that you fast because of your religion or because you need to do so more medical reasons, and boom, you’re Mr. Normal again. Why is this? Is fasting for non-medical/non-religious reasons really that bad?
Or are we just brainwashed by the media and less than reputable fitness professionals into believing that you need to constantly eat every 2-3 hours. This is where Brad Pilon and his masterpiece Eat Stop Eat comes in. Brad Pilon is who many consider one of the leading advocates behind intermittent fasting (check out my interview with Brad Pilon).
While fasting itself is nothing new, the act of using it for fat loss and physique development has only begun gaining popularity the last few years.
Eat Stop Eat Review: What is Eat Stop Eat?
A book written by Brad Pilon that covers all facets of intermittent fasting as well as his approach to fasting which involves 1-2 fasts per week done for 24 hours.
Why should you practice intermittent fasting?
For those that don’t know what intermittent fasting is it’s essentially a system where you have periods eating and not eating (fasting). It basically means you’re going to wait much longer between meals. You can read more about it on my post here.
You tell someone that you’re fasting for fat loss or weight maintenance and they look at you like you’re some crazy motherf*cker.
This period can last anywhere from 8-24 hours. This is nothing fancy but considering how often eating every 2-3 hours is preached, this is a breath of fresh air. This is what Eat Stop Eat boils down to, flexibility.
Eat Stop Eat removes the stress of meal planning and timing and teaches you to eat when you’re hungry and not just because you’re bored.
What does Eat Stop Eat cover?
To give you a general idea, here are a just a handful of topics that Eat Stop Eat covers:
- Fasting and Exercise
- Fasting and Your Brain
- Fasting and Women
- Health Benefits of Fasting
- Misconceptions About Fasting
This is just a taste of what’s in the book. Pretty much anything you’ve ever wanted to know about fasting and how it affects your body, training, and fat loss is in this book.
Is it easy to use?
Like all diets, you need to eat less calories to lose weight and Eat Stop Eat is no different. This means you’re still likely to feel the mental strains that most diets have. 99% of dieting psychological. When you start cutting back your calories over time, you begin to rationalize different reasons for why you shouldn’t even be dieting.
Hunger pangs start settling in. You try to convince yourself it isn’t worth (when it really is), then 10 minutes later, boom! You’ve polished off half a can of Pringles and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
And the cycle repeats itself. Where Eat Stop Eat tries to fix this is by having you fast for 24 hours. When you go 24 hours without eating, you experience all the highs and lows of hunger and after a while you begin to truly understand when you get hungry vs. when you simply get bored and want to eat.
True hunger doesn’t happen for at least 72 hours (provided you are drinking water). Hell, I’ve gone 67 hours without food and it really wasn’t that bad once I crossed the 36 hour mark (but I don’t recommend this).
How should I workout?
When using intermittent fasting it’s recommended that you do some sort of resistance training. You should aim to do the minimum amount needed to preserve muscle mass. And as Brad says in his book, you shouldn’t be going overboard with cardio.
And if you pick up Eat Stop Eat through any link on this article, I’ll give you the exact workout blueprint to follow. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for more info.
The majority of your weight loss is a result of your diet and cardio will simply burn you out if done too frequently. So limit the use of cardio if possible.
- “Fasting automatically rules out the use of any sort of food, health supplement, or newly touted “functional foods”.”
- “From a marketing stand point fasting is boring. It does not have a sexy marketing angle and it certainly does not do anything to improve the bottom-lines of food companies.”
- “In fact, many people stumble onto fasting when they very first attempt to lose weight, and they usually see some success. They only give up on fasting after being convinced that it is bad and wrong by anti-fasting propaganda.”
Eat Stop Eat review: Should you buy it?
- Easy and fun to read.
- Well-referenced with scientific studies.
- Does a great job at crushing many commonly accepted nutrition myths such as “starvation mode”, muscle loss while fasting, skipping breakfast, etc…
- Intermittent fasting will teach the difference between being truly hungry and simply being bored and wanting food.
- Flexibility allows you to stop stressing over what and when to eat.
- Great new expanded info on fasting and women, muscle building, and more.
- No exact nutrition or meal plan is given. Like myself, it’s creator, Brad Pilon is keen on keeping things super simple and flexible. And for that reason, Pilon didn’t include any meal plans in his book. Now this can be seen as both good and bad. On one hand, it’s good because it allows for greater amounts of flexibility. On the other hand, I know how much some people love to be told exactly what to eat. So yeah, take that for what it is.
- Your first time trying intermittent fasting may or may not be a bitch. Some people find fasting extremely easy, others find it hard. But it gets easier over time. And there are ways (like drinking coffee or green tea) to help suppress hunger to make it easier.
So, should you pick up Eat Stop Eat? Absolutely! If you’re on the fence about giving intermittent fasting a shot and are worried about what it may do to your body, then this book will definitely calm your nerves. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend Eat Stop Eat is if they’ve tried intermittent fasting in the past with no success.
If this is the case, then Eat Stop Eat won’t change your mind. If you have any questions about my Eat Stop Eat review or intermittent fasting in general, feel free to ask me in the comments.
How to get my free bonus workout
Like I said earlier – if you pick up Eat Stop Eat through any of the links on this page, I will send you an exclusive workout program as a bonus. I designed the program with Eat Stop Eat in mind and it’s perfect for burning fat and maintaining muscle.
Here’s what’s included in the bonus workout:
- The best way to structure your workouts with Eat Stop Eat for maximum fat loss.
- A highly customizable workout program that can be done in 45 minutes or less.
- My favorite 3 minute metabolic finisher to help you torch fat.
- Printable workout charts.
Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and within 24 hours I’ll send the bonus workout over.