Monday, October 20, 2008

How to Eat with Eat Stop Eat

Dietitian Kerri Gans made a very good point about Eat Stop Eat while we were chatting backstage after filming our segment on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.

Apparently, nowhere on the Eat Stop Eat website do I mention how you are supposed to eat during the times you aren't fasting.

So to make sure this information is available to everyone, here is my super complex list of things you must and must no do in order to lose weight and to ensure you are eating 'healthy':

1. Eat less while enjoying the foods you Eat. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and herbs and spices. And, maybe most importantly - stop stressing about the foods you eat.

That it. If you can follow this one guideline then in my opinion you are eating perfectly.

Sure, we could talk about the importance of eating real food over food-like-substances, but if you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables then you are probably already doing this.

We could also talk about avoiding flavoring your food with salt and sugar, but if you are eating lots of herbs and spices you are already doing this too.

And lastly we could talk about the very important (and VERY underrated) role of having a good healthy relationship with the foods you eat. I know this sounds very 'new age' but I assure you that a lot of today's overeating and obsessive compulsive eating comes from unhealthy relationships with food, where people feel stressed and guilty every single time they eat.

If you are enjoying the foods you eat, and not stressing about your food choices, than you are doing an amazing job avoiding this problem too.

So with the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle, (where rational simplicity is always the goal), this one simple guideline is all you need to guide your eating habits.


PS- If you are curious if Eat Stop Eat is right for you, you can CLICK HERE to find out more.

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8 comments: said...

what are your thoughts on this study from the journal, Science:


Anonymous said...

So very well put, Brad. If we could shake our undying belief in and reliance on science, at least a little, and starting having some faith in our God-given common sense, we might stand a chance.

Thanks for being a great source who reminds us of how easy it really is to be healthy. Rock on! :-)


Anonymous said...


It seems to me that Brad is very much informed by science and reason, but he has simplified the results of his extensive research on the topic of intermittent fasting for individuals without a scientific background. It's because of his ability to simplify the scientific research that his posts seem like "common sense". Frankly, an over-reliance on "common sense" is dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Touche! Gotta give you credit for that one. It does seem simple when Brad sifts out the jargon and puts the scientific evidence in layman's terms. That said, I think his points about OCE are related to how we turn to science to tell us how to eat rather than looking to science to support the fact that his simple plan is the way to go.



Brad Pilon said...


I would have to review the full study.

I make a point of never commenting on an abstract or someone else's interpretation of study results.

I will see if I can dig up the full study.


Beyond Q8iya said...

Dear Brad,

I have been following your posts for a while now.. I believe strongly in the fasting concept as i used to suffer from anorexia followed by a recovery stage that turned into a binge eating fest followed by emotional eating. So i have seen it all.

The warrior diet truly cured me since it heightened my sense of flavor and i started to eat exactly what i wanted versus piles of crap.

This is not a rave about the warrior diet, i am trying to compare "eat stop eat" with the warrior diet. On the warrior diet, the fasted state is not a water fast.. you may eat fruits on your fast until the chosen meal where you eat your meat, veggies.. etc

what i cant find on eat stop eat.. is that when u are fasting, what does that mean? is it a muslim-like fast where there is no food or water until your eating time? is it a fruit fast? during the chosen hours where you are in a fasted state.. what can u eat? fruits? nothing?

I have been waiting for you to address this..

Oh yeah, and i agree.. metabolism is over rated.

A fan from Kuwait.. see how far you've reached?

Brad Pilon said...

Hi BQ,

I'm glad to hear that fasting has worked so well for you.

Eat Stop Eat is essentially a modified version of water fasting.

I've answered your question in a video here:

What to Drink on Eat Stop Eat

Anonymous said...

In today's world, our bodies still require the complete balance of pure nutrients and energy provided by healthy foods. The modern demands of our fast-paced world have led to the processing of food to the point of non-nutrition.