What Is The Eat Stop Eat Diet And How Is It Different From Intermittent Fasting?

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The 5:2 Diet, the 16:8 Diet, time-restricted eating—intermittent fasting diets are everywhere right now (and are being done by everyone; hi, Halle Berry and Jenna Jameson!).

Now, there’s another version of intermittent fasting to keep on your radar: the ‘Eat Stop Eat’ diet.

Intermittent fasting, in general, sounds both totally doable—and totally miserable. Basically, you’re instructed to go for long periods of time without eating (sometimes 24 hours, sometimes 16 hours, depending on your plan); but when you do eat, you can eat whatever your heart desires (within reason, of course; you probably shouldn’t go full-on Supersize Me).

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It’s that freedom from food-restriction that may pique peoples’ interests—but intermittent fasting of any kind isn’t necessarily right for everyone.

Okay, what is the Eat Stop Eat diet?

Eat Stop Eat was founded by Brad Pilon, who, according to his website, came up with the plan while he was doing graduate research on short-term fasting at the University of Guelph. Brad also wrote a book on the diet in 2007 (he published an updated version of the diet book in 2017).

According to Brad’s website, Eat Stop Eat consists of fasting for 24 hours, twice a week, then eating “responsibly” for the remaining five days, but not necessarily “dieting.”

“You can have three meals per day or 20. As long as you are eating responsibly and keeping your overall intake in check, I’m okay with any pattern of meals that works for you,” he writes.

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