Do you have to lift weights with Eat Stop Eat?

by Brad Pilon

The Following is a Guest Post by: Nia Shanks of TheFatSolutions.com.

I’m going to share a great concept with you: lose weight without dieting and without exercising. Just keep reading, because it will all make sense in a couple of minutes.

I tell people that by following Eat Stop Eat they can lose weight without dieting. Whenever I use Eat Stop Eat for fat loss, or maintaining my weight, I have never thought of it as dieting. Have you? I mean, you have no true restrictions, and I have never found anything quite as flexible or simple to follow; you just fast for 24 hours, strength train, and eat a variety of foods. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Just as you can lose weight without dieting by following Eat Stop Eat, I believe you can lose weight without exercising.

Now I will risk sounding like an infomercial that broadcasts at 3 in the morning for just a second to prove my point.

-How would you like to lose weight without exercising, and even have fun at the same time?

-How would you like to save time and money, but still lose weight and improve your health?

I love the fact that Brad emphasizes strength training while following Eat Stop Eat. After all, if you don’t strength train, you aren’t truly following Eat Stop Eat. However, Brad never said you have to join a gym to strength train.

Some people simply don’t like going to gyms. Others just don’t have the time and/or money to spend on a gym membership. Some gyms have a terrible atmosphere.

I’ll admit, even though I am a powerlifter, I occasionally get tired of going to the gym myself and desire a change of pace—or a new challenge. That is why in a few months after my next competition I am planning on taking a hiatus from the gym all together and taking a different path.

Where am I going with all of this and how can you lose weight without exercising?

Simple: do something you enjoy.

Instead of going to the gym and lifting weights, try something that is more motivating (unless, of course, you love going to the gym). Try doing bodyweight circuits. Increase the number of push-ups, dips, inverted rows, and pull-ups you can do. Learn how to do a perfect single leg squat. Build up your strength to perform a handstand push-up. Teach yourself how to walk several feet on your hands.

There are several other options as well: build your own sandbag, buy a pair of kettlebells, get some blast straps. Throw a jump rope into the mix to improve your conditioning and foot work. Find a hill and run sprints. The gym-less options are limitless!

All of those tools can be used at home.

Hell, you can even get outside and do a great muscle building, fat burning workout at the park. (Click here for a swing set workout video–http://thefatsolutions.com/blog/Bodyweight+Swing+Set+Workout/).

Exercising does not have to be another chore that you dread doing. So many people tell me they don’t go to the gym because they hate it. As a result, they think they are destined to be fat and unhealthy for the rest of their life.

That mindset will get you nowhere, except in an early grave.

The point is to find something you enjoy. Do something that gets you excited about training. If you are doing something you enjoy, then you aren’t exercising. You are having fun—getting strong and lean is just a pleasant side effect.

Think about it: when you were a kid, you would run around, climb trees, fall down, jump, get out of breath, and love every second of it. You weren’t concerned about how many calories you were burning and what percentage was from fat and/or carbohydrates. You were just having fun.

Get out of the “exercise is a chore” mindset: instead of making getting lean and strong a boring, dreadful chore, find a way to make it fun and challenging. There are no rules here: lifting weights at a gym is not the only way to be strong, lean, and healthy. Look back at the examples I gave you and see which ones peak your interest.

If you choose to participate in activities you enjoy, you will be losing weight and getting healthy without exercising. Combine that with Eat Stop Eat, and you will be losing weight without dieting or exercising. What more could you ask for?

Get the No Non-Sense Fat Loss Manual for free, and more fat loss training information from Nia Shanks at http://TheFatSolutions.com.

Nia

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Brad’s Comments: Thanks for the post Nia. And it fits very well with the Eat Stop Eat approach. The bottom line is this, exercise is pretty useless for weight loss, but it is an EXCELLENT tool develop strength, build muscle, conditioning and skills. What’s more, while exercise may not help you lose weight, it WILL help you look better and feel better as long as any exercise you choose to do is fun and enjoyable. And, don’t be afraid to mix it up – As Nia put it “The point is to find something you enjoy. Do something that gets you excited about training. If you are doing something you enjoy, then you aren’t exercising. You are having fun—getting strong and lean is just a pleasant side effect.”

So while exercise and some form of resistance training is an essential component of Eat Stop Eat, this doesn’t mean you have to be in the gym every single day, or even at all.

{ 5 comments }

Jack August 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Brad,

You said, “The bottom line is this, exercise is pretty useless for weight loss, but it is an EXCELLENT tool develop strength, build muscle, conditioning and skills. What’s more, while exercise may not help you lose weight, it WILL help you look better and feel better as long as any exercise you choose to do is fun and enjoyable.”

While exercise (specifically some form of resistance training) may indeed be pretty useless for weight loss, is it safe to say that it is necessary for body composition change/very useful in helping to maintain your ideal weight? There are obviously many examples of where people essentially starve themselves and can lose weight, but it’s obviously not the way to go to lose fat and maintain muscle.

Brad Pilon August 12, 2009 at 12:58 am

Hi Jack,

Yep, you’ve got it right, it is required to change the comp of your body, and for overall feel-good-ness, there’s just no reason to kill yourself doing something you hate for the wrong purpose.

B

Sebastyen August 12, 2009 at 7:14 am

Hi Brad, I’m concern with your statement on the training being almost useless for weight loss. Maybe I miss one of your writing but isn’t there a caloric deficit created by the training you do ? I mean, I spend almost 500 calories by weight traing + HIIT I do, it doesn’t create a caloric deficit among with the one I create with both my fast days ? So I can let go of the HIIT and just do the weight training ? :)

Brad Pilon August 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

“I spend almost 500 calories by weight traing + HIIT” How did you calculate this number?

Try removing the HITT, if you see no difference, then why keep using it for weight loss? If you see an effect, then keep using it.

The important part to realize is that it is the results, not the theory that we are after.

Sebastyen August 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I got that from some calories calculators :) I wanted a rough number to find out. I’ll see if I loose fat doing only ESE + weight lifting, I’ll adjust as I go :) Thanks

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