Fasting for Weight Loss: Unravelling the Controversy

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by in Nutrition

I’m sure you’ve heard about fasting at some point in your life but it would usually involve some kind of religious belief. Personally, I only knew one person in my life who fasted for religious purposes – my former Moroccan co-worker. I used to think that she was doing damage to her body because I have heard that fasting slows down your metabolism, it makes you lose your muscle mass, etc. Another thing that reinforced this thinking into my head was her physique. While she looked healthy, she was very skinny and had very little muscle mass. Of course, this may be due to the fact that she didn’t go to the gym to lift weights and that she’s naturally skinny but, back then, I used to think that it was due to her fasting. The one odd thing that I remember then was – she just went about her day normally even though she hadn’t had a bite of food for several hours.

Fast forward to seven years later, I came upon this report called, Eat Stop Eat (ESE), about intermittent fasting. Except this time the author, Brad Pilon, was talking about fasting with regards to weight loss. To be honest, I was intrigued about what he had to say. At that time, I was getting tired of looking at my belly fat – I was 130 pounds and yet had a 32-inch waist line! I was frustrated and yet not too desperate to believe every diet fad I encounter. So, I went to the Eat Stop Eat’s web site and read all the testimonials. When I still wasn’t sold, I went to look more information in weight loss forums and found real people getting results with ESE. So, after a few days of indecision, I finally bought it.

I was amazed at what I read. While fasting could be a very difficult topic to explain to people, Brad explained it in a format that is easy to understand without using scientific words which can confuse or intimidate the reader. Brad also had a reference page for all the scientific literature that he used to support his ideas. Because I work in the Biotechnology Industry (basically science and research), I had access to scientific journals and read most of the articles that Brad read. Of course, I also wanted to make sure that his sources were legitimate before I even try anything. I can tell you all the benefits of fasting but Brad can explain it way better than I do. If you’re like me and you’re curious about the fasting lifestyle, check out Brad’s report by clicking here.

While I can’t explain you the scientific side of ESE, I can tell you about my experience:

Once I was sure about the validity of fasting, I tried it. I did it for one day. I was expecting to be irritable, moody, weak and even faint! None of these happen. In fact, I was actually surprised how easy it was. After I have been doing it for 2 weeks, I weighed myself. Back then, I was 130 lbs. My weight went down to 124 lbs, I lost 2% body fat, and I lost 1-inch off my waist. I wished I weighed myself sooner than 2 weeks because I’m sure I would have seen results within the first week.

Before I found out about intermittent fasting with ESE, I had to eat 1,000 calories a day and spend an hour and a half at the gym for 6 months before I can even lose 3 lbs. This type of lifestyle is just not realistic for me. It was way too hard to eat 1,000 calories per day especially when I work out and love food too much. With ESE, I saw the weight drop week by week. The best part? I had more time to do other, more important things on my fast days because I didn’t have to worry about bringing and eating lunch. Fasting also gave me the freedom to eat the foods that I love and not feel guilty about eating them.

After 7 weeks of fasting with ESE, I dropped 9.4 lbs, 4.4% body fat, and 3 inches off my waist! Currently, I am wearing size 5 jeans comfortably without any bulge hanging over my belt. It’s amazing to see that the pounds and the fat starts to drop after each fast. The difference is noticeable and even my husband can not take his eyes off my almost flat abs and I am not even done with my weight loss journey.

There are many other things that I like about fasting with ESE. One of these is that I was able to keep my muscle mass. Yes, all of it! To add to that, I was also encouraged to perform more strength training exercises (or weight lifting) in order to tone my body. As we’ve all heard before, muscles work harder than fat so more muscle would mean that we’re also spending more energy (or calories) even at rest. I know that some people, especially women, might be afraid to gain some muscles because they’re afraid to be “too big.” If you watch my video on my About page, you can see that this is not the case. Instead, I got that lean look that a lot of women want.

With regards to metabolism, my results speak for themselves. If I were to have lowered my metabolism due to fasting then, I woudn’t have lost 9.4 lbs in 7 weeks right?! Enough said on that topic. If you want more scientific evidence regarding this topic, Rusty Moore who is the creator of Fitness Black Book, click here.

Another thing that I love about ESE is the fact that my great results motivated to eat even healthier foods. Because I was seeing the pounds drop, I wanted to speed up the process even more by eating more fruits and vegetables. Of course, I will still have cookies, brownies, ice cream, pizza etc. but I eat them less often now. The choice is yours – ESE just gives you the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s face it – Fat loss is difficult because there are so many culprits in society that contribute to accumulating body fat. I’m sure you have heard some of these culprits but let me list some of them for you:

  • Deep fried fast foods – chicken, french fries
  • Desserts – donuts, cookies, brownies, ice cream
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Big food portions
  • Lack of nutritional knowledge in general
  • Confusing information about nutrition

Eat Stop Eat simplifies all these choices by limiting your intake of all these foods or not having to be an expert on nutrition and this is all done through the simple act of fasting. It is simply the easiest, healthiest lifestyle I have ever adapted in my adult life.

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