Wednesday 23 March 2022

Eat Stop Eat - Brad Pilon

Eat Stop Eat:
Revised Edition
ISBN 9781775110804
ASIN B076134V88

First I have followed Brad Pilon on social media for many years. Second I know his advice works because I know several people who have had success using his lifestyle. Third, I really wish I had picked this us and read it years ago. The description of this book is:

“The Official Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon. Thousands of books have been written about the unique benefits of Intermittent Fasting and its ability to help people lose weight and improve health, but Eat Stop Eat was one of the first. Far from being just another fad, Eat Stop Eat is your indispensable guide to the latest science behind using intermittent fasting for simple yet effective weight loss, without unneeded complexity or the need to deprive yourself of the foods you love to eat.”

And the chapters are:

A Special Note on This Edition
How It All Started
The Fasted State
The Disappearance of the Fasted State
Forget Everything You Have Ever Read about Fasting
Fasting and Your Metabolism
Fasting and Exercise
Fasting and Your Brain
Fasting and Your Muscle Mass
Fasting and Hunger
Fasting and Blood Sugar Levels
Other Misconceptions of Fasting
The Health Benefits of Fasting
Health Benefits – The Conclusion
The Eat Stop Eat Way of Life
How to Fast Eat Stop Eat Style
Eat Stop Eat – Why Not Longer Fasts?
How to Eat, Eat Stop Eat Style
What to Do While Fasting
Fasting and Women (Special Considerations)
How to Work Out with Eat Stop Eat
Designing Your Own Workout Program
Other Health Benefits of Exercise
How to “Keep It Off” with Eat Stop Eat
Eat Stop Eat as a Form of Physical Training
Eat Stop Eat Conclusions
Eat Stop Eat FAQs

I am uncertain why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. As a practicing Catholic I have no issues with fasting. I have lost serious weight each of the past three decades. And now in my mid 50’s I can’t hammer my body the way I did when I was 20, 30, or even 40. Old injuries from sports have come back and haunt me. Aches and pains had become a norm. I though about the success with this method that friends and even my younger brother have had and I decided to go back and start at the beginning. I only highlighted one passage my first time through this book:

“I am not going to tell you that sugar is the cause of our obesity problem, because it’s not—neither is fat. Part of the cause of our obesity problem is that we are failing to realize that we’re looking for the answer in the wrong places. 

Obesity is not created by one specific macronutrient in our diet. In fact, it’s not the diet at all. In my opinion, the number one cause of our obesity epidemic is abundance. There simply is too much food available for us to consume. As I said earlier, each day in the United States, the food industry produces enough food to supply every single person with almost 4,000 calories (almost double what we typically need in a day).”

This section from the chapter ‘The Eat Stop Eat Way of Life’ is about half way through the book. Once I got started I had a really hard time putting the book down. But in order to really process the material I read it over several days. The advice in this volume is excellent. I love that Brad does not provide meal plans, workout plans, or a list of key steps to follow. What he does provide is sound advice, gleamed from years of research and personal practice. The advice is down to earth. It is about learning to have a healthy relationship with food. To be moving or lifting. And to find a balance. Something you can maintain long term.

I regret not having read this book years ago. But I am thankful I finally picked it up and have read it, and now I am starting to applies the lessons learned. I can easily recommend this book. 

Books by Brad Pilon:
Dirty Dozen -Top 12 Obsession Compulsive Eating Habits and How To Break Free
Eat Stop Eat Progressions
Flat Belly Forever
Good Belly Bad Belly
How Much Protein
The Air You Breathe
The Book on Heat
The Ten Day Diet Solution
Thin From Within

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