Reviewing Brad Pilon’s ‘Eat Stop Eat’, aka. The Definitive Fasting Manual
Have you ever wanted to read a book that systemically crushes – with scientific evidence – the biggest myths of the fitness & nutrition industry? That teaches you a sane easily doable way of constantly slashing the pounds without feeling “trapped” to stupid industry myths such as; “You have to eat six small meals a day to stoke the metabolic fire”?
Well, Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat claims to do so. The book is in short, a big research review of the literature behind things like how many meals a day do you have to eat to lose weight? How does fasting affect your muscle mass and metabolic rate? What are the hormonal changes that happen during fasting, overfeeding, starvation? What about supplements?
Those questions and many many more will be broken down with the author who holds a masters degree in nutrition, and actually worked in the supplements industry for quite some years before starting his entrepreneurial journey as an author…
…But the big question is, does Eat Stop Eat Work?
How Good is Eat Stop Eat?
On a personal level, I really like Eat Stop Eat, and I feel like it in a way actually shaped my dietary habits for the rest of my life. Allow me to explain.
In 2013, I spent a year in military. Every morning at ~5:30AM we were woken up, and 10 minutes later we were marching to the cafeteria for breakfast. This whole ordeal – the march, the organizing in the yard before heading in, the actual eating, organizing when we exited the building, and marching back to the unit – took roughly 1 hour each and every morning…
…After six months, when I got promoted to a squad leader (sub-sergeant in Finland) and new recruits entered the facilities, I was in a situation where it was no longer mandatory to go to the cafeteria under supervision of higher ranks. At this point I got a majestic idea. What if I didn’t eat breakfast? This way I would get 1 extra hour of sleep every morning!
Then it hit me. What happens to my muscle mass? Will my metabolic rate slow down? Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day, would it harm me to skip it?
Luckily, that’s when I did some research on the subject and eventually found Brad Pilon’s blog and through there I purchased the Eat Stop Eat PDF. The book itself which is jam-packed with easy-to-read science and study breakdowns allowed me to understand the real truth behind short-term fasting, skipping breakfast, and what would all this “intermittent fasting” be doing to my muscle mass and metabolic rate.
I don’t know how to really explain it, but in a nutshell, reading Eat Stop Eat gave me some sort of “relief” from the bullshit claims of the fitness & nutrition industry, and I now had the actual research to back-up and justify my habit of skipping breakfast and eating when I felt like it, not when some “fitness expert” told I had to.
The book is HEAVILY based on solid human research (339 citations) with quality studies and no cherry-picking
As a former fitness & supplement industry “behind the curtains” man, Pilon really knows how to crush the myths and marketing tactics
Even though the book is based on science, it’s still really easy to read and comprehend even if you’re not a nutritionist or a medical doctor
The book has its own chapter for the diets effect on testosterone levels – for men – this is hugely important knowledge to attain
If you ever wanted to know anything about intermittent fasting, it’s likely that you will find it in the Eat Stop Eat PDF
The info doesn’t just stop at the nutrition stuff, there are really good chapters about hormones, lifestyle, and exercise too
Bit too much emphasis on 24-hour weekly fasts, not much about other beneficial intermittent fasting types (16:8 or 20:4 for example)
The sales copy of the book is bit cheesy, at least when compared to what it was few years ago (doesn’t change the quality of the PDF)
After you purchase the main book, you will be pitched few add-on items, it can be intrusive, although you don’t have to buy them
Having a big impact on body composition (not much on weight loss), I would of have liked to see more info about macronutrient splits
One e-book with a similar theme (intermittent fasting) that comes close is the Aggressive Fat Loss 2.0 by Greg O’Gallagher, but although AFL 2.0 is a fantastic program to follow that will also give guaranteed results, it doesn’t offer nearly as much content and scientific citations as Eat Stop Eat does. However, if you’re looking for a more faster read with clear-cut info on what to do and how to do it, then I would opt for AFL 2.0.
Then there’s also the “Warrior Diet” and the popular “5:2 Diet” which both have somewhat similar theme and ideas, but neither comes even close to Pilon’s work.
I was first thinking of giving Eat Stop Eat a 4 ½ star rating. However if you look at the cons, basically the only downfalls of the program are related to the sales page and upsell pushing, which doesn’t really take anything away from the quality of the main book.
Does it work? Worked for me, not that I always follow the Eat Stop Eat style fasting-feeding pattern, but I’ve taken a lot of the research and info from the book into my own nutrition, and for anyone who still believes the age old fit industry B.S, this book is a true eye opener.