This is the second article in which I take a look at the so-calledÂ “EET Fitness Plan”, a diet and exercise plan that claims you can eat the foods you love every day for the rest of your life and be healthier and fitter than you currently are, all with the magic of timing. Before continuing, please read my first article if you haven’t already.
Okay, so IÂ e-mailed Jon Pearlstone, founder of EET, and asked to be part of the mailing list. I had a reply in my inbox the very next morning and Jon was very politeÂ and enthusiastic, and even encouraged me to ask questions, so I did. I had already read everything on hisÂ blog at that point, and was curious about several points. Before continuing, I also recommend you read the articles in his blog as well, just so you can see where Jon and I are coming from.
Jon Pearlstone Interview
The questions and answers below are copied and pasted from the actual e-mail that Jon and I exchanged at that point. I want to be as truthful and exact in this review of EET as much as I can, so I didn’t change anything:
ME: Several of your articles mention a term known as the “metabolic window“, which there are two of: After waking and after exercising. This means that the large meals you advertise on EET are eaten during these time periods. You also mention in one of your videos that you eat “healthy” food during the other times of the day, when the windows are closed. My first question is what composes these healthy foods? I’m not actually asking for anything very specific, as I know that’s obviously going to be part of your “members only” section. A very general overview will be sufficient (eg: fruits and vegetables)
JON: The “healthy foods” in EET are actually part of every meal. It’s a very easy formula to remember that includes number of grams of protein, fiber, a vegetable or fruit serving (for antioxidants) and a glass of water with each meal.
So EET members need to have some familiarity with how much protein and fiber are in various foods, but it’s not necessary to be exact.Â Just being aware that these need to be met with each meal and including an amount that is close works just fine.Â In addition to these minimum requirements for each meal, during metabolic window periods, an EETer can add to that base meal other foods they love as the high glycemic carbs (which is what most people choose — sweets, chips, ice cream, etc) will be used by the body for restoration of glycogen stores and muscle recovery.
ME: Directly following the first question, how many total meals a day do you recommend?
JON: This varies based on the schedule of each member — but EET definitely does NOT recommend 6Â small meals a day — that’s fine if you want to train your metabolism to handle six small meals.Â Most people like to eat big meals so EET makes sure bigger meals are included at the right times which actually improves metabolism as it makes it work even harder – plus it’s a hellova lot more satisfying and fun to eat big meals too (imho)!
ME: You mention that EET does not count calories, which I like, but how does one regulate the large meals without going too far? Is it portion control, similar to what The Zone recommends (eg: size of hand or plate, etc), or is it based on simply being more sensitive to one’s satiety signals?
JON: This is covered under EET’s Golden Rule, which is a simple concept on how to regulate quantities of food, but takes a lot of practice.Â EET absolutely positively is against any arbitrary portion control as it only serves to lead to deprivation and certainly not satiety.Â EET’s Golden Rule is 100% oriented towards being satisfied with what and how much you eat and never being hungry to the point where you feel you need to eat, but rather can wait comfortably until the next correct TIME to eat. Portion Control like the zone leads to weight gain and is not sustainable in my opinion for anyone who truly loves to eat anyway and doesn’t want a lifetime of suffering struggling sacrificing and starving (all of which are specifically forbidden inÂ EETs guidelines).
ME: You mention that you work out 5-6 times a week, and that all the workouts last less than an hour. Do you prefer and / or recommend a single type (I’m guessing a HIIT variation here, if ever) or do you rotate several types, like the traditional periodization methods that current elite athletes use?
JON: I didn’t say all of the workouts last less than an hour.Â I said all of the workouts last less than 30 MINUTES! :-).Â The workouts are HIIT variations and EET has 2 distinct formats of workouts that best work with your metabolism for different times of the day–although there is quite a bit of flexibility in when and how people can workout within these 2 formats.Â All other forms of exercise (biking, tennis, hiking) are considered EET Activities so members can still do all their things they are into but add a 20-30 minute EET workout which is really what creates the fat loss and retrain your metabolism.
You can rotate several different types of workouts but it’s a stronger metabolic message to master 1-2 workouts before adding other workouts.Â EET has a feature called EET Progressions which guides you to develop a path to improved fitness that gets you to your specific goals (weight, functional strength, etc)
This article covers more on EET’s use of Muscle Mastery in its training of your body and your metabolism:
Muscle Mastery Over Muscle Confusion Every Time
ME: Directly following question 4, is there a dramatic change in the types of food that can be eaten during the non-workout days?
JON: Not at all.Â Â It might affect the time you can eat a “treat” as you don’t have a metabolic window you are working with, but you still follow the protein fiber veggie formula for each meal and eat more foods if you need them–and EET recommends you eat a treat at the best possible time for your schedule on your day too–so you won’t feel deprived EVER — keeping in mind that you are not getting the benefit of your EET workout that particular day.
I replied to the e-mail saying that I was satisfied with his answers and would write-up a review of EET based on everything I had learned thus far, along with my own, personal knowledge of fitness and nutrition to fill in the gaps he intentionally left out for theÂ paid members. Jon quickly replied and absolutely did not want me to continue! Shocking!
He loved the idea of an honest review of EET from a third-party source, but did not want me to “fill in the gaps” with my personal knowledge, saying that even a slight deviation from his methods would not be EET at all and did not want anyone to view EET as such.
He and I still wanted the review to be made, though. So what did Jon propose? He wanted to make me an official member, so I can see EET for all its glory. And you know what? I accepted.
TO BE CONTINUED …