For dieters in search of a simple-to-follow routine, and one that is based on time schedules, the 8 hour diet is one that you should consider. The skinny on this diet is that you are allowed to eat during an 8 hour block over the course of the day, then fasting for the other 16 hours. The diet calls for a short block of 8 minutes of exercise in the day as well. Although fasting for weight loss is not a new concept, but the way this diet is designed, you are going to be doing so in segments during the day (as opposed to fasts that last several days).
8 Hour Food Window
To start, you will need to pick the 8 hour block that suits your lifestyle. For most people on this eating plan, skipping breakfast is the most practical way to make this work. According to the diet, you can eat as much as you want from a select group of "power foods". The diet uses the idea of consuming power foods, as opposed to processed foods, to help you get the right calories and nutrients in. You are supposed to begin eating this way this for 3 days at a time, followed by an off day of eating whenever you want. The idea is that you gradually move towards following the 8 hour diet plan for 7 straight days. In the window you can eat whatever you want, but using portion control, and considering the right foods, is advised when you are eating during the day.
There are a few benefits you are going to derive from the 8 hour diet and this style of eating; some of these include:
- Non restrictive plan, and the intermittent style of fasting has proven results for weight loss.
- Healthy foods are encouraged, but it is also great for individuals who can't deal with giving up their favorite meal; and,
- You are consuming foods during the hours of the day when you are most active, avoiding the sluggish hours, and just mindless eating at night.
This, along with the 8 minute a day turbocharged workout, is going to result in more weight loss in a short period of time.
As with all diet plans, there are a few drawbacks to the 8 hour diet which include:
- People might tend to over eat in the 8 hour window, and no foods are restricted, so there is the potential for people making poor decisions.
- The short 8 minute exercise period might not be sustainable for extended periods of time.
- I have a bit of an issue with this premise as healthy eating is always preferable to "dieting", but then again, I am not the former Editor in Chief of both Men's Health and Women's Health magazines and I do recognize that making a wholesale lifestyle change around food is difficult while committing to a short block of time is much easier.
Good starting point
The 8 hour diet might be a great plan for those who have a hard time getting a diet plan underway. A 16 hour fasting window trains the body to eat only during the hours of the day you should be eating, and since no foods are "forbidden," you can slowly ween off the unhealthy choices, and start making healthier daily choices over a period of time each day.
Although it may not be sustainable forever, it is a simple fasting meal and diet routine, that has proven successful for years. By restricting the times you can eat, you will avoid going to bed on a full stomach, you will avoid overeating on a regular basis, and with the set portion controls in place, over time you are going to learn what the right choices are, what you should avoid, and which foods are the healthiest choices, when trying to get rid of processed foods and other poor items in your diet.