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    wv2de is offline Senior Member
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    Default Eat Stop Eat - 14 lbs in 9 weeks

    Over the past 9 weeks I've lost 14 lbs (203 - 189lbs) by eating with common sense and doing two 24-hour fasts per week. I haven't totally avoided carbs, but I try not to overdo it with them and leave them out if it's convenient. I'm close to the amount of fat I had in high school (although I was 155-165 in high school, proving that I kept a lot of muscle). This is encouraging, because I've been trying to trim down for a year, and while I did make some progress, it wasn't as much as I wanted.

    Anyway, I know it's about calorie restriction, and other diets can work as well. This fits into my life pretty well and I don't mind the fasts too much. I haven't noticed any wonderful benenfits from the fasts (just the weight loss), but they haven't caused any problems either. I've been posting on here for a while, so hopefully this wont come across as a blatant plug - I don't know the author or anything like that. I just wanted to share a significant accomplishment .

    wv
    Loose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose
    --1 b.(2) : having relative freedom of movement

    Lose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose
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    ESE is probably one of the better ways to get ultra-lean (below 8%). I tried it a few times, and the last few hours of the fast were brutal. May try it again before too long.

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    I'm having similar results with ESE. I started 12/31/09 (about 8 or 9 weeks ago) at a body weight of 249 (not my highest...but opretty darn close) and bf% of about 23%. I'me down to 231 at a bf% of about 20%. I've lost around 19 pouinds, 3% body fat, and I have presevred my lean mass. In fact, a number of my benchmark lifts and excercises have improved in this time.

    I'm shooting for a goal of 215lbs by end of May (hopefully around 15% bf).

    Most days the fasts are a breeze...every once in awhiel it's a chore. I find tis much easier to do than other diets I've tried in the past.

    Peace,
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    I've just started incorporating ESE style fasts and I actually like it, the day after a fast I feel REALLY refreshed, and realistically its not that hard to skip a couple of meals.

    ESE principles aren't really anything new though, I recently read the biography of strongman "The Mighty Atom" and he advocated weekly fasts. This was in the 1920's, and you cannot deny the strength of this man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RezH View Post
    ESE is probably one of the better ways to get ultra-lean (below 8%). I tried it a few times, and the last few hours of the fast were brutal. May try it again before too long.
    I think the creator of the program stated that you can make the fast 22-24 hours if need be. The last few hours won't make or break the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Harris View Post
    I think the creator of the program stated that you can make the fast 22-24 hours if need be. The last few hours won't make or break the process.
    It does say that in the book. I've even gone as low as 18 hours a couple times - I don't think it's worth sweating it too much. Many of the fasting benefits (including fat loss) are more prevalent or only come later in the fast, though, so going the full 24 hours is preferable. Going a little longer than 24 hours is similarly ok (26-28).

    bluekey88, congrats on losing 18 lbs! I'm 5'11", and my body fat is probably fairly low now (no idea how to estimate it, maybe low teens?), so 14 lbs has made a noticable difference in my overall body shape and jaw line. I'm excited, since I've never been able to make fat loss progress quite like this - and it's easy!

    RezH, for general hunger, drinking a bunch of water will usually help a good bit. Since you specifically don't enjoy the end of a fast, try making the last 8 hours of your fast at night while you're sleeping. For me, the beginning of a fast is the worst, and I don't get too hungry through the day if I don't have breakfast - so I choose to fast from dinner to dinner, but breakfast to breakfast (say 8am-8am) might be easier for you.

    xafier, it's funny you should mention 'skipping a couple meals' - I learned to avoid saying 'fasting' or 'going a day without eating' to anyone who asks about why I'm not eating. I just say that I skip breakfast and lunch twice a week as part of a diet - for some reason people don't get so weirded out when it's phrased that way.

    I actually purchased the book recently because I was so happy with the easy success I had on the diet. Here are two take-aways:
    - You don't need the book to make progress - just don't eat (no calories at all, only water, diet soda, coffee w/o sugar or cream) for 24 hours twice a week, and eat normally otherwise (don't compensate for fasts - eat a normal meal at the end of a fast). You'll definitely lose weight.
    - The book will help you understand some additional benefits from fasting as well as dispelling additional myths that I had but didn't realize it (small nagging doubts). After reading the book, I'm even more motivated to stay on the diet, and I have additional motivation to keep up in the gym. It was also a good read, as Brad sticks it to the fitness and nutrition industry pretty good.

    wv
    Loose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose
    --1 b.(2) : having relative freedom of movement

    Lose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose
    --6 : to cause the loss of

    "To loose fat, one must simply unbuckle one's belt; to lose fat, one must tighten it." - wv

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    I just finished reading the book, and I have to say, I'm excited about it! I have a few stubborn pounds that I would LOVE to lose before I head the RKC in October, but the previous eating plans I have tried were too complicated to maintain long term. ESE is actually something my husband does without even thinking about it. I've always teased him because on the weekends, he'll get busy with something and just "forget" to eat until dinner. And he's a lean, lean guy. So I KNOW there's something to it.

    I'm planning on starting this week. Have any of you noticed any side effects on your workouts? I'm doing the ROP and VWC. Just wondering if I should plan on doing the fast on my light day.

    Thanks and congrats on your successes so far! I can't wait to post mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hestes View Post
    I just finished reading the book, and I have to say, I'm excited about it! I have a few stubborn pounds that I would LOVE to lose before I head the RKC in October, but the previous eating plans I have tried were too complicated to maintain long term. ESE is actually something my husband does without even thinking about it. I've always teased him because on the weekends, he'll get busy with something and just "forget" to eat until dinner. And he's a lean, lean guy. So I KNOW there's something to it.

    I'm planning on starting this week. Have any of you noticed any side effects on your workouts? I'm doing the ROP and VWC. Just wondering if I should plan on doing the fast on my light day.

    Thanks and congrats on your successes so far! I can't wait to post mine!
    I've read that it won't affect your workouts, but since a large part of strength is mental, I wouldn't personally recommend any risky or very heavy stuff until you're sure you'll be ok. 24 hours without food isn't enough to have an impact on performance unless you're doing some extreme cardio for over an hour (maybe not even then). I've personally noticed no difference one way or another, and don't really plan fast days based on my workout schedule. Good luck with ESE!

    wv
    Loose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose
    --1 b.(2) : having relative freedom of movement

    Lose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose
    --6 : to cause the loss of

    "To loose fat, one must simply unbuckle one's belt; to lose fat, one must tighten it." - wv

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    I've not had any problems with working out while fastimg and my performance keeps improving.

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    Anyone familiar with the guy over at leangains.com? He advocates a 16 hour fast, followed by an 8 hour eating window, every day. So really it's just a modified Warrior diet. I'm giving it a try because I have not been able to lose the last few pounds around my middle, and 16 hours is easier than 24.

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