Eat Stop Eat

"Eat Stop Eat," the diet plan outlined by Brad Pilon, is centered around the belief that by taking advantage of our ancestors' history of fasting between meals (due to their need to actually hunt for food) our bodies can gain the benefits of a fast with minimal inconvenience in our daily lives. 

The plan seems simple enough; by fasting for twenty four hours once or twice a week, the human body, as he claims, will undergo effects similar to if it had actually been fasting for an entire week. There are, of course, certain caveats to such a diet. For one, eating more than a regular sized meal after a fast has ended will undo any of the purported benefits of fasting in the first place. Another problem is that Brad Pilon doesn't formulate any sort of meal plan to accompany the diet, and while there are certain recommended foods (fruits, vegetables, lean protein) there is more guesswork involved on the part of the dieter than there might otherwise be in another nutritionist's book. 

Brad Pilon claims that he devised this weight loss plan in response to the way nutrition research is currently being handled. According to him, food and supplement companies only fund nutrition research in order to promote their own goods, regardless of what might actually be effective for the consumer. By relying on simple, proven techniques like calorie restriction and fasting, Brad Pilon believes he has come up with a dieting system that is effective, efficient, and most of all: actually works. 

The positive effects of the "Eat Stop Eat" diet are readily apparent. Unlike some unscrupulous diet plans out there claiming the same thing, this one is actually supported by scientific research. In support of this and contrary to popular belief, Brad Pilon's research has led him to believe that fasting in the twenty four hour manner that he describes does not negatively affect the body's metabolic rate. A bonus to his research is that his method does not require any alteration to your diet while on the "Eat Stop Eat" plan. Results can be found with burgers just as they can with vegetables and fruit (though the latter would probably show more effective results). This adaptability lends itself to being more easily sustained as it requires less conscious planning on the part of the dieter. Because it doesn't involve eating from specially marked food packages or using diet shakes, the cost of adopting the plan is simply the cost of the book: $39.95, with other packages (with bonuses such as audio files and workout suggestions) at $57 and $77.

On the flip-side though, "Eat Stop Eat" is not without its causes for concern. Fasting, even for twenty four hours, can still result in dieters feeling intense hunger sensations, fatigue, and headaches. Compounding this problem is the desire to overeat once the fast has ended; which, as previously mentioned, will completely negate the benefits of the fast. The diet itself is also not for everyone, as Brad Pilon warns against its use by children, diabetics and pregnant women. He also encourages the use of artificial sweeteners while on the diet, which may be a cause of concern for some. 

In all, the "Eat Stop Eat" diet is one that has the potential to radically improve one's lifestyle, though it requires a committed and disciplined attitude to see it to completion.