If you have been following my blog for some time now, chances are you’ve probably read about my amazing results with Eat Stop Eat (ESE). But, it just dawned on me that I actually haven’t talked about my actual experience with intermittent fasting as described by Brad Pilon in this e-book.
While I can’t go into details as to how the ESE style of intermittent fasting is carried out, I will talk about how I incorporate this lifestyle into my daily life and what feelings/effects I experience during the process.
Here we go…
On my fast days, I usually plan to fast from lunch to lunch. This means that if I plan to fast on Monday until Tuesday, my last meal on Monday is lunch. Then, my next meal on Tuesday is not until lunch time. So, if I normally eat breakfast, a morning snack and a lunch, I would eat these meals as usual. In the same sense, if I normally eat lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner, I would resume this normal eating schedule after my fast.
While the situation I just described seems simple enough, a lot of people are afraid of the fact that they would go for several hours without eating anything. I was one of those people. Knowing myself and how much I loved food, I didn’t think I can do it either. Fortunately, I already knew some people in the Turbulence Training Forums who were actually doing it so I thought that if they can do it, so can I.
My first fast was no problem at all. I wouldn’t say that it was easy but it was definitely doable. My day would go like this:
- Afternoon – start to get hungry
- Late afternoon to dinner time – hunger would go away
- Before bed time – my hunger would return but it’s tolerable
- Early morning (right after I wake up) – not hungry at all
- All morning – I don’t even get the chance to think about/feel my hunger because I’m busy too with work
For me, hunger really is not a problem during my fast days. I even cook dinner for my husband while I’m fasting. So, it is definitely something you can get used to. The one big problem for me is that my extremities (hands and feet) get cold during the last few hours of my fast. Usually, if I fast once a week, the cold is not bad. But, if I fast for a second time during the same week then, I get really cold. I find this to be a problem for me especially during the winter time as I get cold easily to begin with. But, because I know and expect to be colder than usual, I usually try to wear something warm or bring a scarf or fingerless gloves with me during my second fast. Other than that, my fast days usually go pretty well and have some pretty nice benefits because:
- I have some extra time in the morning because I don’t have to prepare and eat breakfast.
- I prepare fewer meals since I won’t be eating my usual number of meals.
- I save money on food.
- I save time on food preparation and meal planning for the whole week.
- I sleep better at night – this is a nice effect. I’m not sure why but I do get tired during my fasting nights.
As for my results with ESE, the pictures in my video really do speak for themselves. But, if you want some concrete numbers, I have lost 14 pounds and 8.2% body fat since I started practicing intermittent fasting on a regular basis. Of course, I still had to go to the gym 3 times a week and do my Turbulence Training workouts on top of intermittent fasting but ESE really helped make fat loss an easier goal to achieve. While, I also try to eat healthier on days that I’m not fasting, ESE gives me more room to “cheat” or eat “normal” foods than any other eating lifestyle available out there.
So, other than an easier way to lose fat, what more can a girl ask for? Well, I would like to know how much protein I really need to feed my muscles or which foods are the best sources to get it. To my delight, Brad wrote another e-book entitled, “How Much Protein?” and he even sent me a free copy through my e-mail just because I already purchased ESE. I was busy this past weekend and I didn’t get the chance to read the book yet but I know for sure that Brad has some great stuff to say.
If you’re curious as to how much protein you need, you can grab a copy of “How Much Protein?” by purchasing Eat Stop Eat. But, you gotta hurry because this promotion ends on Wednesday, February 25th.
If you have been on the fence about Eat Stop Eat, now is the time to finally try it for yourself. Besides myself, other TT Members and fitness bloggers have also found success with Eat Stop Eat. So what do you have to lose? A a few (or several) pounds of fat maybe?