Review: Eat Stop Eat (The Ultimate Intermittent Fasting Guide)
Intermittent Fasting is the new hotness these days. But believe it or not, Brad Pilon was ahead of the pack back in 2005 when he wrote Eat Stop Eat. And I will be 100% honest, I was fully on board with the, “You need to eat 6 meals a day to increase caloric expenditure. and keep the fire stoked.” Remember all of that? Now study after study is coming out debunking that (and as Brad shows, studies have been around for a debunking that). That just goes to show you how fast trends change in the fitness industry.
Now back to Eat Stop Eat. A few months back I read the latest edition of Brad’s ebook and even hit up some friends with pubmed access to send me the studies he cites. All checked out and confirmed his methods and protocols. I thought to myself, “ OK, shit just got real, this is something we need to use as a fat loss tool.” And I use the word, “tool” because fasting isn’t for everyone’s lifestyle. With that said, sometimes it fits perfectly like Yvonne Strahovski’s…well…everything she wears… (Obligatory watch Chuck note)
I will give you one of my clients I train as examples:
John: John travels just about every week from Boston to New York, or New Jersey, or Phoenix, or the Las Vegas for work. Sometimes we are lucky to get in two great training sessions after he spent 2-3 nights in a crappy hotel bed and working his butt off consulting with clients. He used to do his best to eat well on the days he spent at the airport and flying to his destinations but even the best prepared flier will sometimes find themselves grabbing something that, “isn’t terrible” from a fast food joint or a shitty $8 protein bar that could probably be used in bullet proof vests (Right 50?). Instead of worry about any of that we would just schedule his fasts in a window that included his flight and gave him the ability to still eat normally when it came to taking clients out to dinner. He started that two months ago, since then he dropped 12 pounds and at 172 is the leanest he has ever been since starting to train with be two years ago while holding onto every bit of lean muscle we put on him and every bit of strength as well.
Now let’s talk about the actual book:
Brad has put together the ultimate guide to intermittent fasting. He covers it all from the history of fasting, to the latest research, to the myths, to combining fasting with your training program, to dealing with hunger, and the laundry list of health benefits from fasting. It is hard to not be convinced that there is a place for scheduled fasts in our lifestyles.
Over the last few years Brad has continued to update the book including sections on exercise programs, a chapter on the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle, and a F.A.Q section that covers just about every question you will ever have about fasting.
If you haven’t been able to stick to a diet where you are in a decent caloric deficit, Eat Stop Eat might be the solution to reach your fat loss goals. Think about it this way, if you follow Brad’s guidelines for structuring the intermittent fasting protocol with training you can easily be in a 7000 calorie deficit each week and be on a stead 2 pounds per week track. That doesn’t even take into count the hormonal benefits of the fasted state.