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Eat Stop Eat and Protein

Posted on 23. Feb, 2009 by .


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.

Eat Stop Eat

Eat Stop Eat

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.

How Much Protein?

How Much Protein?

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?

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Fasting for Weight Loss: Unravelling the Controversy

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by .


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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