The internet is desperately in need of an honest to goodness, actual review of Eat Stop Eat by someone that has actually used it, and not somebody that’s just trying to promote the book.
Somebody that will tell you the good, and the bad. Who it’s for, and who it’s not for.
You may have even searched the internet high and low, only to find short, careless reviews by people that haven’t even read the book, understand the program, or follow the diet. They just seem too push, and highlight way too many good things about the program,
Allow me to put your mind at ease:
You’ve come to the right place for a real review of eat stop eat.
- I bought the book with my own hard earned money
- I read the entire thing, cover to cover, in 1 night (I’m just trying to show off, it’s an easy read lol)
- I took notes on the things I learned in the book, and followed up with more research when I was done
- Using what I learned in Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat, I constructed an Intermittent Fasting based eating program and made an awesome transformation.
- I don’t care if you buy the book, steal the book, borrow the book from a friend, or even keep reading this review.
- You save money on food
- It’s okay to have cheat meals
- If you can adapt this long term, you can maintain a lean muscular body year round instead of doing the bulking/cutting thing over and over
What is Eat Stop Eat all about?
Eat stop eat was designed to help you lose fat and maintain muscle, very efficiently.
The big secret behind eat stop eat, isn’t really a big secret at all. It’s been known and used by bodybuilders for a long time to help them drop fat quickly while maintaining their hard earned lean muscle.
It’s called intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is the act of not eating anything for a period of time. This is called fasting, and it can last anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. Your fast is followed by a period of time where you would consume all of your daily meals. This is called your eating window and it is usually a much shorter period of time than the fasting period.
While I was following the eat stop eat program I calculated my protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake for my workout days and then I calculated the amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrates I would consume on my off days. My eating window was 2pm – 9pm, so I would split up my calories into several meals between 2pm and 9pm. Then my fasting period would begin at 9pm and last all the way to 2pm the next afternoon. I was usually fasting 16 hours/day and eating for 8 hours/day.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? I bet you’re saying to yourself “I can do that, I don’t like to eat after 9pm anyway. No problem!”. It’s true, you might have the willpower to not eat after 9, but if you’re like me and have a morning job and college classes that require you to be up early in the morning, it’s the act of not eating in the morning until 2pm that took the real willpower.
Not to mention the weekends. I’m pretty good about not getting hungry and eating after 9pm on the weekdays when I need to stick to my schedule for work and school, but when I’m out late on the weekends, hanging out with friends, 9pm is early. It’s literally the beginning of the night. I can’t help but get hungry by 1o or 11.
It’s a tough eating pattern to get used to, but once you’re used to it get’s easier and easier and you probably won’t go back to your normal way of eating.
What are the benefits of Intermittent fasting?
So now that you know what intermittent fasting is, and what it’s all about, you probably want to know “Why would anybody do that to themselves?”
- Increases your body’s release of growth hormone, which literally torches fat
- Rapidly burn fat, even if you’re someone that (like me) that gains weight easily, but has a hard time losing it.
- Maintain a healthy metabolism
- Higher percentage of muscle is maintained during fat loss, and even some muscle built under the right conditions.
Who it’s for and who it’s not for
I’m not going to B.S. you in my review of eat stop eat, it’s not for everybody.
If you’re a skinny guy looking to put on size., this isn’t for you.
Sure, people have had success building muscle while following eat stop eat and other intermittent fasting protocols, but I just don’t think the overall calorie intake is optimal for somebody that’s main goal is to build size. I’m my experience it’s much better suited for somebody that has trouble losing fat.
I always joke that sometimes I think I gain weight by looking at and smelling food! Sure, my skinny friends think it’s great that I’m able to put on size so easily, but sometimes I can be just as envious of their ability to shed body fat without even trying.
That’s why eat stop eat and intermittent fasting diet protocols were such a Godsend for me. I had a bit of muscle underneath my fat, but I needed to find a good way to shed the fat to reveal the muscle, and this worked very well.
It’s also not on you if you’ve got limited willpower. If you’re somebody who cannot stop yourself from snacking, and stick to a set eating schedule, do not waste your time and money on eat stop eat.
Lastly, I wouldn’t recommend this type of program for somebody that never trains with weights. The major benefit to intermittent fasting is it’s ability to spare lean muscle and even build it, however, if you’re not training with weights it’s simply not going to happen.
Intermittent fasting is an extremely effective fat loss method, and Brad Pilon has literally put together the #1 best resource for intermittent fasting. Seriously, it’s dummy proof. I highly recommend it for guys and girls who just can’t seem to get rid of the pudge on their belly, are willing to exercise regularly, preferably with weights, and have the willpower to stick to a proven diet program for 8-12 weeks. Stay clear if you’re somebody looking to bulk up and add serious mass, it’s simply not the best protocol for mass building.
Note From The Anthony: If you decide that you would like to invest in Brad Pilon’s book based on my review of eat stop eat. Contact me with your receipt and as a way to show my appreciation I will help you construct an intermittent fasting plan that suits your daily schedule.