The other day as I got done with my first fast of the week, I realized that Eat Stop Eat, by Brad Pilon, has become more than just a way for me to lose weight. If this is your first time reading about ESE, please read this post first so that you can have more background information and read about my previous results from the program. Besides all the amazing and obvious results that I have experienced from this program such as:
- 12% reduction in body fat
- About 10 inches lost in my overall body circumference and
- Continued weight loss,
I have noticed several additional benefits when I do my fasts. I never would have thought that this program would work so well for me but I continue to do so because the longer I practice it, the more benefits I get from it. Here are some of them:
I don’t know what it is but when I do fast and go to ben with an empty stomach, I sleep much better at night. One of my friends have asked me if my stomach growls before bed time. To be truthful, it does but only for several minutes. After that, my body just feels so restful. From a scientific stand point, I figured that my body is calmer because my organs don’t have the interference from food digestion which I would normally have if I had dinner.
Determining Food Allergies that cause Gas and Bloating
Ok, I have to say that this can be a very embarassing topic to talk about but it is a very important subject to talk about nonetheless. Before I practiced ESE, I never really noticed any of my gas and/or bloating issues. I figured that these are both a part of everyday life and I’ll just have to deal with it because that’s just the way it is. However, with the combination of eating healthier and practicing intermittent fasting, I’ve noticed that certain foods trigger these symptoms. So, after identifying those foods, I simply stopped eating those foods and I have greatly reduced this symptoms by about 90% without taking any medication! Some of the foods that I have stopped eating are:
- Cottage Cheese (bloating) – this can be due to the protein found in milk, Casein. Some people can be allergic to it without suffering from any serious symptoms. But, if bloating is bothersome enough then, it might be a good idea for anyone to take it out of their diet for a little bit to see if the bloating stops.
- Wheat/Gluten (Gas) – this is actually a common allergen for most people and probably the cause of the popularity of many wheat and gluten free foods in health food stores. I noticed that I’m not too sensitive to it but I just can’t have too much of it.
One of the most basic principles of practicing Eat Stop Eat was to simply “eat less.” This means that when you fast twice a week, you’re creating a calorie deficit and also reducing your intake of sugar and salt. My reduction in salt intake is probably one of my biggest causes of water retention. At the same time, I am more mindful of drinking water and green tea during a fast. As a result, I get rid of even more unneccessary water from my body. If you don’t already know, the more water you drink, the more water you actually get rid of and not the other way around.
I always say that I feel like I just clicked on the “Restart button” for my whole body after a fast. After having spent most of my adult life constantly eating (and used to eating bad stuff too), I really do feel cleansed after each and every fast. I feel that I’m giving myself and my organs a break from the constant work load that I put my body through after I eat my usual meals.
I was inspired to write this article because I really do feel that the additional benefits, not mentioned in the book, that I have discovered through intermittent fasting are very important to our overall health. If you have not read the book and have always wondered why fasting is so effective for fat loss, Brad Pilon does a great job of explaining the hormonal effects and the fat burning responses from those effects during a fast in a way that everyone can understand.
I couldn’t recommend this book enough. In fact, I encourage my adult clients, the ones who do not have any serious medical issues, to practice intermittent fasting. To me, it is by far the easiest and most efficient way to burn fat without the hassle of counting calories or what Brad calls “obsessive compulsive eating.”