Tuesday, February 23, 2010

#89 EAT STOP EAT

As someone who is always looking to learn new ways to improve upon my person [that's inside and out], I follow a number of blogs. One of my favorite blogs is, Watchyourtrainerblog.com; His topics are interesting and he gives great no-nonsense advice. In the blog post that I'm going to share below, Darren talks about a "fat loss" program called EAT STOP EAT. If you want to lose weight, this program will obviously help you, but the true objective of this program is to lose fat.

Below, I copy-pasted his last blog entry to share with you. If anyone decides to buy the book, google or give this program a try, please let me know what happens. I think I'll give it a shot... What have I got to lose?

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Here’s the secret to fat loss… burn more calories than you consume and add in some resistance training. It is just that simple. I am about to make it even more simple for you to lose fat. Have you ever heard of the term fasting? Nah… it doesn’t mean running around in a hurry all day. It means giving up food for periods at a time. You probably have heard of it in a religious sense, as many religions advocate fasting for cleansing the body and gaining spiritual clarity. Intermittent fasting can also help you with your fat loss goals, and it can make it very easy. Recently, I have been using a program that incorporates fasting and have been enjoying some amazing results!

Brad Pilon pioneers a program called Eat Stop Eat and has helped many people reach their fat loss goals. I picked up a copy of Brad’s book out of curiosity and was amazed at what I found. In the book, Brad strikes down the myth that you will lose muscle if you don’t eat and your metabolism will slow down. On the contrary, the opposite is true. When you resistance train, your body goes through various changes, but the biggest one is that it starts to secrete growth hormone. Guess what your body does when you fast? Yup…. it secretes growth hormone. In addition to this, because your body does not have the constant influx of food, it will then begin to burn fat as fuel! This makes it easier for you to lose the unwanted body fat you have been storing.

I bet I know what is going through your mind right now. You are thinking, “there is no way I can give up food”. I thought the same thing when I read his book. In this program, you only have to give up food for two non-concurrent days. What does this mean? You might fast from 1:00 pm on Monday until Tuesday at 1:00 pm, then you can eat a sensible healthy meal. You are not finished yet! You’ll need to pick one more day you want to fast in the same week. Since we picked Monday, let’s do Friday at 1:00 pm to Saturday at 1:00 pm. You are now finished for the week. What did this do? You have just created a caloric deficit which is what you need to lose fat. It was just that simple. Oh, I forgot to tell you, you can drink water. I would advise you to drink plenty of it on the program. I can tell you this program works and I don’t endorse anything I don’t use myself. I have experienced my goal of losing fat, but here are some additional benefits I have experienced with this program:

Ability to get more done - Did you know most of our time is spent thinking about what to eat, where we are going to eat, and what we are going to cook? For two days out of the week I don’t have to worry about doing this! I can concentrate on the tasks at hand and enjoy more free time.

Clarity - I am able to think more clearly.

Convenience – I don’t have to worry about packing lunch, making breakfast, or dinner.

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Quote of the Day: "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson, author

PS. As Darren says, he is not promoting this fat loss program, just sharing. Me too.

3 comments:

Chris H said...

WOW that is a totally new one for me! I have never heard of it before.
Do you really think it is a sound idea, or just a fad? And what possible consequences (long term) might there be to not eating anything for two days a week, besides weight loss?
Has anyone done any sound clinical trials on this EAT STOP EAT theory?
I only ask because is kinda goes against all healthy food guides.
I am tempted to try it just to see what happens!

Michael Rivers said...

This is very interesting. I've never heard of this plan.

I never thought about how much time I spend on wondering about food. When to eat, where, what to buy, when to buy, when to cook it, etc. etc.

Darren said...

Thanks for posting this! I have been using this program for a while and I can tell you it works. Brad Pilon has a number of scientific articles backing Eat Stop Eat up.