Sometimes you eat. Sometimes you don’t eat. Maybe you’re not hungry, or maybe you’re busy doing something else – like, I don’t know, sleeping? Working? Whatever. The point is, that this is how your body is designed. Sometimes you eat. Sometimes you don’t. Nothing surprising so far. And that’s where this diet comes in. The basic idea behind eat-stop-eat is that you should spend more time not eating. Again, pretty simple, no? And that’s it’s biggest strength – simplicity.
There’s a lot of fluff around it, but when you get down to it, the diet is basically, eat anything you want for three days, and then eat nothing on the fourth day. Elegant in its simplicity, no? I have to say I was pretty skeptical at first, but then I got the ebook and gave it a try – boy was I surprised! I thought I’d be hungry, that my day of fasting would be a constant torment to get through. Actually, I had no trouble. A few faint twinges when I went past a bakery, but for the most part I had no trouble with it. One word of advice though – it turns out that high intensity sports, like boxing? Not so good to do when fasting. Although I didn’t feel like I had any less energy then normal, and I didn’t have trouble with short intense exercise (weight lifting) or long cardio (jogging), trying to keep up long intense exercise like boxing training proved a bit too much – I was definitely feeling my energy reserves were lacking.
Honestly, the biggest problem I have with this diet is not that a problem with the diet itself. My problem, is that the diet really is so simple, that you can summarize it in one line: fast every fourth day. That’s it. Now you don’t need the book.
Of course, there is a lot more to it, but mostly it’s explanations. They go into details as to exactly why this works, and how you can adapt it for your specific situation, whatever that might be. There are different kinds of fast, and you can do it at different frequencies, so it’s still worth getting if you’re at all interested. But, you can give it a try first – fast one day out of every three or four for a month, and see if you lose any weight. If you don’t, no worries; if you do, then you might want to get the book and learn more of the science behind the system.