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Posted on 07. Aug, 2009 by admin.
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.”
Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by admin.
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.