Eat. Stop. Eat. Sounds pretty simple, right? It is, but if I’ve learned anything about weight loss it’s that the simplest methods are often the best. Besides, who has the time or patience for complicated plans that don’t deliver – not me.
In that respect, Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat program is a refreshing approach to weight loss and one built on a rock solid foundation, namely intermittent fasting.
The powerful benefits of intermittent fasting are well documented; decreased inflammation, improved memory, lower cholesterol, protection against diseases and of course, weight loss.
Below we take a more in-depth look at Eat Stop Eat, highlight the pro’s and con’s, and show you what you can expect from the program.
Intermittent fasting 101
Intermittent fasting is not a diet in the traditional sense. Most diets cut out certain foods/food groups. Intermittent fasting is different. It doesn’t say which foods you can or can’t eat but rather when you should eat them. It’s also nothing new. It’s been around for thousands of years.
Our ancient ancestors, who didn’t have access to supermarkets, often went hungry. As a result, humans evolved to be able to function without food for extended periods of time. In fact, occasionally fasting can be considered more natural than eating 3–4 standard meals per day.
A look inside…
Eat Stop Eat is a digital program, which you access online. Here’s a screenshot of the dashboard where you download and view your e-books (PDF file format). These can be viewed on any device.
Eat Stop Eat: How it works
East Stop Eat requires you to fast for between 20-24hr 1 or 2 days a week, during which you consume as few calories as possible. If you think that sounds simple, it is. The science behind it is equally simple. Fasting creates a caloric deficit while lowering insulin and changing hormone levels to facilitate weight loss. These changes in hormones also increase your metabolic rate (anywhere from 5-15%), so not only are you consuming fewer calories, you’re also burning more, a win-win scenario.
Eat Stop Eat: Pro’s
- Comprehensive: Many people have different ideas and preconceptions about fasting, much of it wildly inaccurate. Brad takes the time to address common misconceptions and devotes chapters to fasting and how it relates to the brain, exercise, metabolism, hormones and lifestyle. The science behind it is truly compelling and really makes you question what you think you know about weight loss and health in general. I took a few days to read and digest all the information, and I’d recommend a similar approach.
- Quick-start guide: The main e-book is 100+ pages long and can be a little text-heavy, which is why it’s great to see Brad include a quick-start guide. It takes all the essentials and condenses them down into just 12 pages, so you can get started right away without having to read everything from cover to cover.
- Simplicity: This is the name of the game when it comes to intermittent fasting and is part of what makes it so appealing. There’s no confusing plans to follow, no time-consuming meal prep. You just eat, then stop. It’s truly a no-fuss approach and one you can do anywhere anytime, which makes it ideal for those always on the go (i.e. busy moms, students and those who work full-time).
- Affordable: Unlike other programs out there, Eat Stop Eat won’t break the bank. Coming it at just $10, this is a bargain. It also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee, so it’s risk-free.
Eat Stop Eat: Considerations
- Hunger: Yep, you’re likely going to experience hunger pangs at some point, especially if it’s your first time. You may also notice it becomes harder to focus or that your mind becomes ‘foggy’ on fasting days. These effects are normal, typically short-lived and will ease with time as your body adjusts.
- Binge eating: The freedom offered by intermittent fasting means that you are responsible for what you eat on non-fasting days. While you can eat whatever you like, it still pays to exercise control and good judgment. Go ahead, enjoy that pizza – just don’t overdo it!
- Stick with it: Any new plan takes a bit of getting used to and Eat Stop Eat is no different, so don’t become discouraged if you fall off the wagon. With some commitment, Eat Stop Eat can deliver serious life-changing results.
- Up-sells: During the checkout process, there are a few up-sells which include things like a VIP newsletter, a protein guide and supplemental fat loss guide. These are entirely optional and can be skipped by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking ‘no thanks’.
What about exercise?
Fasting is going to be your main method of fat loss, so exhaustive exercises are not required nor recommended to make Eat Stop Eat effective. However, Brad does recommend a form of weight training to build/maintain muscle. There are no specifics given, so keep it simple. A few body-weight exercises (2-5 sets, 6-15 reps) performed 3 times a week is perfect. You can complicate it if you want, but you don’t have to – any amount of resistance training is beneficial, just remember to stay consistent.
Eat Stop Eat scores offers a refreshing simple take on weight loss and is a program I’d happily recommend. The information is rock-solid and well-supported by science and presented in a no-nonsense manner.
If anything, the program should be commended for it’s no-fuss approach to weight loss and how it can be made practical for all – just the way it should be.