First off, thank you for the amazing book. It is really changing my life.
I would like to know, I have seen you on Youtube say that the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle is limited to 1 or 2 days of fasting for flexibility and that more days of fasting would be too intrusive. I find that it would be no trouble at all fasting on three separate days (Mon-Wed-Fri) for me. Do you think it’s safe for me to add the extra fasting day?
This is one of the more common questions I get about Eat Stop Eat.
From a physiological point of view, there is nothing wrong with fasting 3 times per week for an otherwise healthy person.
I do not like this approach because it lacks flexibility and it moves fasting in the direction of obsessive compulsive eating that I am trying to fight against (as scary as it sounds there are some people that would think that since 3 times per week is OK, and if 3 is OK then 4 is also OK, then 5…It gets very scary very quickly).
These are my main reasons for promoting once or twice a week as opposed to the more flexible and obsessive every other day method.
My personal opinion is for diet longevity, and for diet peace of mind, one to two times per week can be incredibly effective WITHOUT being overly restrictive.
But these are my only reasons.
If you’d like to try 3 times per week then go ahead, but my recommendation and expertise fall within the realm of one or two 24-hour fasts per week (combined with resistance training) used for weight loss, weight control or overall health. From my experience this approach seems to work the best.