Has anyone here purchased Eat Stop Eat, and if so what did you think of it? What's the premise behind it (other than the intermittent fasting of course)? Is his specific program Paleo friendly?
Brad doesn't promote any particular diet. He has said on a number of occasions that following a particular protocol isn't necessary when using ESE in terms of weight loss. So is it paleo friendly? It is friendly to any way of eating a person chooses. I have it advertised permanently in the sidebar on my website. Richard Nikoley at FreeTheAnimal lost weight following ESE and paleo food principles.
Intermittent fasting and all its benefits is the premise of the book which can work with nearly any way of eating.
I was under the impression that Pilon was on board with paleo-nutrition to a certain degree, but Stephen Guyenet's interview with John Barban made it clear that Pilon and his cronies are not. This is surprising, since the ads for ESE are so subtle (rolling eyes).
Here is Stephen's link to the interview: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-with-john-barban.html
More of the same from the bodybuilding crowd. Calories in = calories out, food is food, Taubes is an idiot(!), blah blah. A better name for Eat Stop Eat might be Starve Get Ripped!
Like I need a book to grasp the concept of starvation. And make no mistake about it, if you insist on eating thick crust pizza, doughnuts and chugging fizzy soda pop then in order to lose weight you must starve on a regular basis. Having listened to Pilol, Barban, et al. it is my impression those guys are borderline airheads.
Yes the whole premise of eat-stop-eat is the intermittent fasting. The author makes no claim of any particular "diet" being better than another. Although a lot of people have associated ESE with the Concept of the Paleo diet. This is not however because of what Paleo man ate but more so his habits of eating. Its believed that Paleo man didn't have the luxury of eating many meals a day, and only ate when he made a kill or was able to gather other food stuffs - thus having long breaks between meals. So on the premise of eating habits (and not necessarily what is eaten) Eat stop Eat (as well as the warrior diet) do have principles set in Paleo Mans lifestyle.
Yes, Eat Stop Eat is intermittent fasting . Beyond simply promoting IF, Brad gives some research basis for his very specific timing recommendations which I found useful.
What I did not like about the book:
The price - $37 for an e-book, wow! Typos, typos, typos and grammatical errors! If I am going to pay a premium price for a book, damnit, pay an editor or a retired English teacher to read it over for you. In addition to not knowing the difference between effect and affect or then and than he thinks you make plurals by adding adding 's. He also doesn't know the difference between women and woman, which is especially aggravating as he misuses "women" dozens (not dozen's Brad) of times in the chapter on women's issues. Aaargh!
I haven't read Eat Stop Eat, so can't comment, but if you're looking for info on how to do intermittent fasting, here's a totally free ebook you can either read online or download the PDF version of: Experiments with Intermittent Fasting
The easiest way I've found is simply to eat as you normally would and skip breakfast. That provides a 16/8 IF - that is 16 hours of fasting (includes sleep time), and 8 hours to eat (roughly lunch at 12, dinner at 8) You don't want to do VLC paleo and IF at the same time, at least not for very long.
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