Jennifer Love Hewitt was spotted on the set of her TV show ‘The Client List’ yesterday afternoon. As she walked around the set, she was carrying a book called ‘The 8 Hour Diet’. Weight is something I’ve struggled with my entire life, so of course I had to look up this diet and see what it’s all about. According to what I’ve read, the diet is all the rage right now. Basically – this is the gist of it. You can eat to your hearts desire for 8 hours – and then you have to stop – and fast for 16 hours. So – let’s say you eat from noon-8:00pm. Then you STOP and let your body burn fat for 16 hours. It’s a fasting diet – you can’t eat anything for 16 hours. Here’s more from ‘The 8 Hour Diet’s’ website:
Follow the simple plan in this groundbreaking new book, and you can still lose up to 2.5 pounds a week, eating all your favorite foods. And in the bargain, you can also sharpen your mind, slash your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and dramatically slow the aging process.
The science behind The 8-Hour Diet is so compelling, and the program itself so foolproof, some researchers who study this way of eating have started following it themselves!
Two scientific principles guide The 8-Hour Diet — even if you follow it just 3 days a week! The first is the manner in which your body stores calories, in the form of glycogen. Your body’s most easily accessible source of energy is the glycogen in your liver; if you burn through these stores, you force your body to start burning fat for energy. The 8-Hour Diet explains how to trigger your body’s fat-burning furnace while you sleep, so you can begin stripping away flab the moment you wake. The 8-Hour Diet also enhances the function of your mitochondria — the energy source inside your body’s cells — maximizing their output while reducing the amount of intracellular damage caused by the typical American diet. The result: The 8-Hour Diet helps slow the aging process and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, even Alzheimer’s!
As I was talking with my friend about this diet last night, she said “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” and I agree with her. Although fasting for 16 hours is probably not a terrible thing, anyway. More research I read shows skipping breakfast actually isn’t all that bad for you – and if you can get to the gym BEFORE you eat that first meal, you’ll burn more calories.
Don’t you find weight loss so frustrating? For YEARS I was bombarded with “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” to new studies showing you can actually skip breakfast entirely. Fads change, new studies come out everyday. When I was growing up – you had to have NO FAT at all in your diets to lose weight. Everything was LOW FAT. Now they say eat TONS of fat (natural, healthy fats) and stay away from processed foods and sugar. I’m holding out for the day when they come out with a new study that pizza is actually a perfect tool for weight loss.