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The 8-Hour Diet

8-hour-diet-weight-loss-planLife should be so simple. I had not heard of this diet made popular about a year ago where you eat whatever you want for 8 hours, followed by 16 hours of fasting, and you will lose weight.

In my case, I could probably “eat whatever I want” for 1 hour, fast for 23, and still not lose weight, because somehow, someway, I would really make that one hour count, if you know what I mean….

So, in other words, the diet sounds unlikely. However, I like the idea of allowing my body to rest inbetween feeding frenzies. A mini-fast every day would allow the body to burn fat, while not going into a survival mode where the metabolism slows down because one is not 8-hr-diet-326x159eating at all.

To my way of thinking, eating all you want is counterproductive, and not eating at all is also counterproductive. Eating moderately and sensibly for one-third of the day, or about half of one’s waking hours makes sense in the old-fashioned, tried-and-true, “eat less, move more” scheme of things.

8-Hour-Diet0How to institute such a plan would require real lifestyle changes. Some days, I’m up at 3:00 am, due to various responsibilities or travel. If I started eating at 4:00 am, then everything would have to be over and out by high noon. Or, if I delayed eating until 9:00 am, fully six hours after rising, I would be able to eat until 5:00 pm.

The general consensus among doctors is generally that we should eat a decent breakfast, particularly with a bit of protein. That might work into dining hours falling between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, which for me, would mean eating breakfast late, and eating dinner early.

Not every helpful. Does this sound right to you? The hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm sound more likely for me.diet_main

Perhaps the main idea is to get the dieters to not eat when they want to, leading to constant examination of one’s eating patterns, instead of simply shoveling down the food. The more I think of possible time periods, the more I realize: I should be eating 16 hours, and fasting/ resting/ or sleeping 8 hours.

I run the idea past Benedetto, who urges me to pace myself.

scales“Listen, start with eating for 12 hours and fasting for 12 hours. Maybe work your way down to 8 hours,” he suggests.

“That’s no different than what I’m doing already,” I object.

“Which is already better than eating for 16 hours, and not eating for 8,” he points out. “You’re headed in the right direction,” he shrugs.

Somehow, being “headed in the right direction” doesn’t sound good enough. I want to have already arrived. Maybe I’ll start by sleeping for 24 hours, which would solve the problem of eating at all.

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