When I first started writing Eat Stop Eat, I had just finished studying the benefits of short-term fasting for weight loss, and I was eager to share my new knowledge with the world.
I wanted to explain scientific literature thoroughly in order to help people understand that the obsessive-compulsive approach to dieting is unnecessary, and that fasting is a scientifically supported way of eating which can have great weight loss and health benefits.
It’s been almost three years since I started on my mission, and sometimes I wonder if I was successful in getting my message across.
More people than ever are following Eat Stop Eat and seeing wonderful weight loss results as a result of the program. But there are also a lot of people who are following Eat Stop Eat – and following a low-carb diet, cycling their calories, timing their protein, eating six times per day, and only eating protein with fat.
I didn’t mean for this to happen. I wanted to help people break free from the craziness – to “stop the insanity,” as the woman with the blonde, spiky hair used to say.
For most of us, simply eating the way we normally eat, following a resistance exercise program, and fasting according to the Eat Stop Eat method will give us dramatic weight loss results.
You only need to change these eating habits if you’re preparing for a bodybuilding competition or a fitness pageant. These kinds of events require extremely low body fat levels that can only be maintained for a few days at a time.
Simply eating responsibly is enough for most of us, however. It’s possible to get an extremely lean body without being obsessed with healthy eating.
Most of us would benefit, healthwise, from eating less sugar or more healthy fats, but you don’t have to completely avoid sugar or take 15 fish oil pills per day. Fruits and vegetables are also good for your health, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian in order to be healthy.
Other than those basic guidelines, the rest of the pill-popping, protein shake-drinking, portion-measuring, food-avoiding versions of “healthy eating” are actually toxic to your health.
It’s time to stop obsessive-compulsive eating – and time to start raging against it.
Other health experts are also becoming concerned about the negative consequences of obsessive-compulsive eating.
In his book, “Health Food Junkies,” Steven Bratman, M.D. calls obsessive-compulsive eating “Orthorexia.” Michael Pollan talks about the problem in his book, “In Defense of Food.”
It’s good that obsessive-compulsive eating is finally getting some publicity because people need to realize that what nutritionists, personal trainers and health food store employees are preaching is psychologically damaging our relationship with food.
Eating shouldn’t provoke guilt! And getting lean shouldn’t be about self-punishment and denial!
The worst nutrition mistake you can make is obsessive-compulsive eating. And to make matters worse, many “health experts” are actually supporting the idea. Just look at all the obsessive-compulsive eating diet plans that appear in the pages of magazines. Most of those plans can help you lose weight by reducing the number of calories you eat, but that doesn’t mean any of them are healthy. Eight weeks of egg whites and cauliflower isn’t good for you – neither physically nor psychologically. Your workout wasn’t worthless if you didn’t drink a protein shake as soon as you finished. If you eat a brownie, you shouldn’t feel ashamed of yourself. But that’s how those who follow obsessive-compulsive eating lifestyles make us feel.
We have enough to worry about in life. Worrying over how to eat shouldn’t be one of the things we dwell on, especially if it doesn’t even improve your health or your body.
Somehow, we’ve been taught to feel that the more complicated the diet program, the more effective it will be, but that’s not the truth. It is possible to lose weight and get a lean body without becoming a slave to the latest rules of healthy eating.
Weight loss shouldn’t cause you to lose your sanity. There is a better way, and in my opinion it’s the Eat Stop Eat Method.
Eat Stop Eat provides a simple, easy way to reduce calories, which is essential to successful, long term weight loss.
With Eat Stop Eat, you’ll find an easy way to get lean without constantly worrying about what you’re eating, a way to lose weight without giving up any of the foods you love to eat, and a way to lose weight without having to eat foods you don’t like.
To learn more about Eat Stop Eat and how to avoid obsessive-compulsive eating, CLICK HERE to get a copy of the program. An easier, leaner life is more accessible than you think.