Here’s a guest post that’ll make you sit up and read like a demon! Will Kashis is here today to tell us about a new and highly out-of-the box way to lose unwanted fat and get fitter, developed by a Canadian research scientist!
You may have heard of a fairy tale which begins like this: “In order to lose weight you need to start a diet, carefully count calories, avoid food that is high in carbs and fat, and don’t believe anyone who promises super-fast weight loss.”
Well, it’s a true story. But what if, for some reason, you’re tired of constantly being in “dieting mode” and having to think of how many calories a product contains – or simply can’t exclude some food from your diet – and, in addition, still have a couple of pounds to lose? If this is the case for you, turn your attention to Eat Stop Eat.
In short, Eat Stop Eat is a weight loss method that teaches people how to get fit by using a combination of short-term (24-hour) fasting and weight training. It was designed in 2008 by Brad Pilon, a research scientist from Toronto, who had worked for almost decade in the nutritional supplement industry.
His approach offers a new way to cut calories. It preaches a change in focus whereby calories are counted weekly rather than daily. Unsure what that means? Let me give you an example:
Assume you need about 2,000 calories a day to maintain your bodyweight. This means that if you want to lose half a pound of fat a week, you’ll need to eat 250 fewer calories every single day for seven days, if you follow a traditional weight-loss regime.
But you can do it differently. You can eat normally 6 out of 7 days, and then fast one day to burn 1,750 calories and lose that half a pound.
Both men and women who practice Eat Stop Eat method usually do 1 or 2 fasts during a week to burn fat, and exercise to build muscle mass if it’s necessary. They are totally free in planning their fasts during a week.
Beginners can start with one fast a week; while more experienced practitioners can go through two fasts during the same period. Very experienced followers can even perform workouts during their fasting days.
Most people describe Eat Stop Eat as an “auto-pilot” or “brainless” diet. But in fact, there are no secrets to the Eat Stop Eat technique except one simple weight loss fact – the only scientifically sound way to lose body fat is by creating a calorie deficit. And intermittent fasting, as Brad says, is just an easy means to eat fewer calories, which leads weight loss.
The most common myth about intermittent fasting is so-called ‘starvation mode’. During starvation mode, the body supposedly slows its metabolism due to too few calories being ingested.
But Brad claims that a large body of scientific research shows that you can eat very low calories for extended periods of time with no change in your metabolism. Also, there is no decrease in muscle mass, as long as you do some form of resistance training.
Furthermore, a recent study by the Intermountain Medical Center in Utah showed that the body releases cholesterol during fasting, enabling the body to tap into its fat reserves for energy. In fact, a recent British study on fasting has also come up with some positive results and health benefits for fasting.
[Editor’s Note: Natural Health guru, Dr. Mercola, has also written numerous articles on fasting and exercising, including: Study Finds Routine Periodic Fasting is Good for Your Health, The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast and How to Slim Your Waistline Without Depriving Yourself.]
If you want to learn how intermittent fasting can help you lose weight, then visit Eat Stop Eat weight loss program website for additional information.
About the Author
Will Kashis is a nutrition writer who freelances for niche publications and recently launched his site at www.Diets.md.
I must admit that in my recent experience, there’s merit to this idea of fasting (or under-eating) and exercising. Due to my Spiritual Kick-in-the-Ass over a month ago, my appetite has been almost non-existent (I have been eating, though, and healthy foods, at that) and I’ve been exercising to combat stress – losing over 15 pounds, several inches and over 5% in body fat so far!
Will you be trying this Eat Stop Eat approach?