In this episode of the Greatist Podcast we chat with Brad Pilon, the author of Eat Stop Eat, the definitive book on intermittent fasting. After spending his childhood watching Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk, Brad went on to study nutritional science and, after several years working at a prominent supplement company, left the rat race to write his magnum opus and become a full-time advocate of fasting for health and fitness.


  • Why it's important to examine our habits (2:00)
  • The hormonal benefits of fasting (4:45)
  • Fasting's effect on the metabolism (7:30)
  • Whether fasts affects women differently (14:20)
  • How fasting encourages the body to recycle diseased and damaged cells (23:00)
  • Why Brad feels zen philosophy has a place in health and fitness (31:30)
  • The importance of mindful eating and "dining" over "fueling" (38:00)
  • Alcohol and fasting (and Brad's favorite brands of scotch) (42:45)


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