Have your heard about the new diet? The 8 Hour Diet? It's a new year and, of course, the diet industry has something new for those out there looking to lose a few or even more pounds.
It was brought to by Men’s Health magazine Editor Peter Moore and former Editor-in-Chief David Zinczenko, the biggest selling point of the diet – aside from simplicity, deceased weight and increased health – may be that you get to eat anything you want.
The premise is that you can eat anything you want for eight hours but then you have to stop eating and allow your body to fast for the next 16 hours. Well, that is anything you want for eight hours at a time, alternating with 16 hours of fasting.
This means that you decide on an hour when you will begin eating for the day and eat up until the 8th hour and then stop eating. This isn't a free for all 8 hour eating fest, though. If you spend 8 hours eating only junk you will see no benefit.
There needs to be a balance of healthy and nutritious foods so you will feel good, feed your body in the good way and still limit the amount of foods entering your body. "But the point is that this diet is conceived around when you eat, not what you eat. And it can be done as little as once a week or as frequently as every day."
The book does go into the science behind the concept, talks about the fasting myth, and shows how to maximize the health benefits of the diet. It offers recipes, eight-minute workouts to "turbo-charge" the plan, and 100 things (science-based tips) to do instead of eating.
Not only does the book explain that intermittent fasting isn’t unhealthy, it sets out to show that not eating all the time provides some truly notable health benefits. Moore explains that when researchers look at people who are practicing intermittent fasting, they see that blood sugar metabolism is vastly improved, and triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels go down. Increase in human growth hormones is a standard benefit, as is neurogenesis.
So, here's another book to add to my reading list. I have a friend who is doing this and loves it! Although she is only 3 days in, but it sounds as if it is something you can do one day a week or for a limited amount of time and feel the benefits.