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Eat Stop Eat Intermittent Fasting Week 6

by Dave on February 12, 2009

Just a quick update on using eat stop eat and  fasting to lose weight.

Today is 6 weeks to the day that I did my first fast . I lost a further 2lb this week ( approx 1 kilo )  I have now lost a total of 23lb or appox 11 kilos during those 6 weeks.  In the past when trying to lose weight, I found following a low carb diet, produced the greatest amount of weight loss during the same time frame I have been following the Intermittent Fasting lifestyle.

The difference however between low carb dieting and intermittent fasting is that on a low carb diet, there were always times where I felt restricted. In a period of 6 weeks, I can’t honestly say there would not be times where I craved some fresh baked bread, or roasted potatoes. Sunday was always a problem,  Yorkshire pudding hardly fits the low carb lifestyle. Yes you can come up with a low carb version, but I don’t care what anybody says, it’s just not the same. In my experience, the Yorkshire pudding is perfect example of the benefits of intermittent fasting. What I mean by that is, a food that I see as essential to my enjoyment of a Sunday Roast dinner, is not off limits. Last night , our family meal was roast shoulder of pork, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, and broccoli, which i gave a liberal coating of gravy made from the meat juices.  If I was on a low carb diet, there is no doubt that I would have felt deprived, passing up the roast potatoes. We are all different and maybe for you it would not be a problem, but for me it is, that is why using Intermittent Fasting is proving to be my best way of reducing body fat.

The problem with going on a diet, be it low carb,  GI or any other current hot trend is the fact , that it is hard to stick to for any sustainable length of time, and that is why we view it that we fail. My suggestion is you should not view it as you have failed, more that the diet has failed, and the reason it failed is because long term, it simply isn’t feasibly to eat that way. If you love sushi, how do you eat sushi every week and follow a low carb diet  ? It ends up you eat is as a treat, you either have it, when you have attained your target weight, or you ” come off the diet ” but will go back on it tomorrow. I know this because I was the same, but in truth, if I want to eat sushi once a week, twice a week, or every day, it should not be I feel I am breaking some rule if I do so. I have found that many of the problems with dieting come from how we view the food we eat. The last 6 weeks I have felt strangely liberated , knowing that I can enjoy any food I choose, and there is nothing wrong in eating it.

So why is Intermittent Fasting easier to follow for losing body fat ?

In my opinion , once you have completed one fast of 24hrs you have achieved your first target. Many of your preconceived ideas about fasting are removed. You find it wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be, and more importantly , after you have done it once, you know you can do it again. I am sure for different people, fasting for weight loss will easier for some and harder for others, all I can say is, it does get easier, and with 6 weeks completed, it now is second nature for me.

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  • Deborah

    I have using the ESE program for the past 4 weeks and have only lost 3 lbs and 0% fat loss. Not sure why? I have been Strength Training 2x/week and cardio 3 day/week….HELP!!!

    On my fast days I have been drinking clear green tea, could this be the problem?

    • Dave

      Hi Deborah,

      I drink green tea too, so I don’t think this would be a problem. What are you using to measure body fat ? If you have list 3lbs in 4 weeks, which is a healthy reduction ( my own weight loss did slow down as the year went on ) I would say you are losing body fat, so the % is most likely not correct. Losing 3lbs on a month is still great, so stay positive.

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  • izabela

    Would it be still safe and effective if I fasted 3 times a week? today is my first day fasting and I must say it is not bad at all!! I can see myself do more than twice a week.

    • Dave

      @ izabela

      Yes no problem at all if that is what you want to do. It really is about what works best for you. Just see how it goes.

  • Brandy

    I am a diet skeptic. I have tried everything except seeing a doctor to loose weight . Going into this new year I would like to accomplish the thing i have been trying to do for the past 10 years and that is to loose weight. I came across this review because i wanted more information on the ESE diet or fast… could you please tell me if this is worth my time or am i looking in the wrong direction.

    Thank you

    • Dave

      @ Brandy,

      All I can see is in my case it has worked for me. In saying that, I would still point out that ESE is not magic, and it still comes down to the number of calories you consume, so you at least need to know you in a calorie deficit no matter what method you use to lose weight. I found the ESE method of intermittent fasting helped me understand my own eating habits better. I became more aware of how I eat. The result of that is I lost the weight and more importantly kept that weight off for more than 2 years. I still use the principles of Eat Stop Eat today. It is not something you go on or off, its something you use to restrict calories. I would say, based on my own results it is the right direction to look, and well worth you time.

  • Ashley Haas

    Hello there, I’ve been looking at your blog for a while now and I have a few questions, mostly for advice. See, like nearly every other person I know, I’m looking to lose some weight. Not only is it to make myself feel better and look better, but it’d take some stress off of my sister. She’s getting married in September and has asked me to be her Maid of Honor. The sad thing is that the outfit she’s chosen is this short little strapless number and four inch pumps–which, funnily enough, I can apparently walk around in “like a boss”. Despite everyone’s assurances that “it doesn’t matter what everyone else feels, it’s her day”, she’s obsessively worried about how how everyone else is and how they feel so I know she’s killing herself over the fact that she knows I’ll be extremely uncomfortable. I’m more worried about embarrassing her and myself on the biggest day of her life. So, here’s my question: I’ve looked through about every article you’ve posted and I must ask if it really works. Does it? I’ve always been told that fasting doesn’t really help at all, that it makes it harder to lose weight, but it seems like you’ve actually done it. I’m not a fan of diets, either, but I’ve been watching what I eat for a while and exercising to try and shed even more pounds all at the same time but I’ve not been getting any results whatsoever–though, the fact that I’m stuck at the same weight might be considered a bad result. Again, would you have any advice for one who’s looking to take up the Eat Stop Eat/Intermittent Fasting?

    • Dave

      Hi Ashley,

      Yes it works, I lost the weight and have kept it off, so I am proof of that, but how much are you looking to lose between now and September ? Use this chart to see what your RMR is for calorie guidance. If I know your numbers, I can guide you better.

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