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the 8 hour diet

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I first heard about it on Spark Radio when Lily and Karen interviewed a man who co-authored a book by the same title. The premise is that you select an eight hour span and you do all eating within those 8 hours. The remaining 16 hours you fast. For me I chose to eat from noon til 8:00 PM. The book argues that breakfast is really not as important as the publicity about it touts. It suggests that those studies etc have been skewed because the breakfast industry in America is a multi million dollar industry and they certainly don't want to lose any of that income.

For those of you familiar with me and my writing, you know how difficult it is for me to get through a night without eating. Well, the first night on the diet I went through the whole night in stellar fashion....not eating a bit. The next night I cheated a bit with a teeny container of coffee ice cream. Last night at 3:00 AM I was awakened by the need to chow down and I ate a handfull of animal crackers.
But one small cheat a night is NOTHING like what I was consuming. It is tough to make it to twelve noon without a bite, but thus far I've done it. Thus far in three days of this method of eating, I've lost two pounds. Which is nothing to sneeze at considering the weeks it's taken me to lose the other four pounds I've lost thus far.

So that's the scoop. That's the method I'm working with now and thus far, it is working.
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  • no profile photo CD11085420
    It sounds like you may be on to something special for you! I ordered the new Spark book, and am going to devote the two weeks to it, and see where it leads. I am also going to reconsider the basics of the Paleo plan. I definitely see a difference in my RA and body when I don't eat certain foods.
    We're off on a section of our SP journey!
    emoticon Cynthia!!
    2710 days ago
  • SENIMMO
    Glad it is working for you! What I've found is that I can't stick with the same thing for more than 3 or 4 weeks, because my body gets too used to it. So I have to switch the types of things I'm eating and/or the times I'm eating. If I don't, my loss stalls. Time to get myself in gear again! Have a great day, remember, slowly and surely.
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    Seni
    2727 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Its entirely possible your circadian clock prefers later waking and feeding times, so maybe that is why this is working for you. I prefer a 9-10 pm dinner. Stops any wish for snacking dead after. Any time I have it too early, like the usual 5 or 6, the snack monster comes on heavily five hours later. I do need a proper breakfast though, to refuel after my workouts as they are anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours in the morning and intense. My ideal times are 9 am breakfast, 2 pm lunch and 9 pm dinner, but my bridge gets in the way of this natural cycle.
    Congrats on the weight loss, hope the trend continues for you!
    You go girl!

    2728 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Sounds like it may work for you . emoticon
    2728 days ago
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