Welcome to Eat Stop Eat Skeptic
It’s more that I’m skeptical about any diet plan. I’m skeptical that any plan really can deliver the results people say it can.
A skeptic verifies. They look below the surface claims to see what’s really there. That’s the way I’ve approached Eat Stop Eat.
At this point, I have to tell you part of the reason I’ve become a skeptic is because I’ve been burned so many times. Too many diet plans make claims they can’t deliver on.
The Road to Becoming a Skeptic
I’ve struggled with my weight all my life. In grade school I was the fattest kid in the class. My loving mother referred to me as “stocky”, but the kids calling me “fatso” (and other less polite names) were probably more accurate.
In high school, the combination of a growth spurt, lifting weights and watching what I ate combined to help me get to a pretty normal weight. Over the decades since I’ve more or less maintained a reasonable weight, but it’s always taken effort. I always need to watch what they eat and I always need to do some form of exercise. And even doing all that, I carry some extra weight.
I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who have lost weight only to see it come back gradually. Then I’d struggle to lose it again. I’ve always wished that it was as easy to lose it as it is to gain it.
Over the years, I’ve tried more diet and fitness plans that I can easily recall.
How Many of These Diets Have You Tried?
I well remember the claims that all we needed to do to lose weight was eliminate virtually all fats from our diet. I did that for a while. That is, I did it until food companies produced fat-free foods that proved it was extremely easy to gain weight while avoiding fat.
Then came the counterclaims of the Atkins diet and others that fats were fine, it was carbohydrates that we needed to limit.
I won’t bore you with a detailed list of all the things I’ve tried but my personal conclusion is that for me I do best with a high protein diet with lots of vegetables, some fruit and relatively restricted non-vegetable carbohydrates, even carbohydrates that are generally considered healthy such as beans and whole grains.
So it’s with this background that I looked into of a diet trend referred to as “intermittent fasting” and Eat Stop Eat in particular. What I found has given me reason to reflect and reconsider some of the “proven” wisdom we are currently handed.
Maybe it’s not best to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with going under 2000 or even 1800 calories a day. Maybe our metabolism works in ways we haven’t considered.
Eat Stop Eat and Intermittent Fasting
I’m not sure how much you’ve heard about Eat Stop Eat. It’s a form of intermittent fasting. Rather than specifying the kinds of food you can and can’t eat or limiting the amount of food that you can eat, intermittent fasting specifies the times you can eat.
In my looking around on the web as well as in some published books, I’ve seen a lot of variations. Generally, the so-called fasting period ranges from 16 to 36 hours. However there are a lot of other variations.
For example, some so-called cleansing programs have you avoiding any solid food and drinking only fresh vegetable juices and teas for 7, 10 or even 14 days. Personally, I have no interest in that type of program.
But I have to admit to being curious about intimate fasting in general and Eat Stop Eat in particular. I kept coming across references to it from many different angles.
Is Intermittent Fasting in Our Genes?
For example, I was reading about the primal lifestyle, including the paleo diet. This is something else I’m skeptical about, what there are aspects of it that make a lot of sense. Basically, people following this approach advocate living the way our ancient ancestors did in the days of hunter-gatherers. They recommend low levels of activities most days interspersed with relatively brief episodes of intense physical activity along with a diet emphasizing meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some fruit.
They also recommend eating intermittently, since food supply was never reliably abundant in hunter-gatherer days. There’d be times you’ve feasted followed by times you went without.
Although that’s coming at it from a different approach, that sounds a lot like intermittent fasting.
Could It Be That the Standard Thinking Is All Wrong?
Or at least partly wrong?
The more I looked into intermittent fasting the more curious I became. To a large extent, it flies in the face of what we’ve come to accept as the proven wisdom I referred to above. But what if some of this “proven” wisdom is wrong? What if it’s as bad as the advice we were given about low fat diets? What if we completely misunderstand how our metabolism works?
I won’t draw conclusions for you. Probably one of the few things I can say from my experiences over the years is that everyone’s different and what works for one person may not work for another. I put together this website to provide information so you can decide for yourself. I basically wanted to save you the time it took me to do the research.