The Pros and Cons of The 8 Hour Diet?

For people looking to shed a few pounds using a simple and straightforward weight loss plan, “The 8-Hour Diet: Watching the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!” by David Zinczenko and Peter Moore could not come at a better time. The basic premise of this diet is to eat whatever you want during an 8-hour period, then fast for 16-hours. The authors also recommend an 8-minute daily workout. Although fasting for weight loss is not a new idea, the concept of fasting in repeating intervals is unique.

The 8 Hour Food Window

The first thing for dieters to decide is when they want to eat. More specifically, lifestyle will dictate when to start and stop the fasting phase. In all likelihood, most people who try this diet will skip breakfast and start eating in the late morning. The authors suggest that your food intake be from a short list of lean, healthy “power foods”. For people who have never fasted before, the authors recommend starting the diet for 3 days, then taking a ‘cheat’ day every 4th day until your body becomes accustomed to the new eating plan. With time, dieters can increase the length of time they stay on the program.

The Pros

There are 4 advantages to the 8-Hour Diet:

– although extreme, fasting is a recognized way of creating a calorie deficit and losing weight.

– with no restrictions on food, dieters can still enjoy their favourite foods, albeit restricted to certain times of the day.

– by its very nature of fasting and eating phases, it cuts down on ‘mindless’ late night calorie consumption.

– the 8-minute physical component could ‘turbocharge’ your results.

The Cons

As with most diets, there are a few drawbacks:

– because the authors don’t forbid any foods and only encourage the “smart foods”, some people may interpret this as permission to have an 8-hour fast food binge every day.

– for people on the diet for more than a few days, the 8-minute exercise component could become problematic.

– a diet is a short term switch out of regular eating habits. It is far better to have a regular pattern of healthy eating integrated into your lifestyle. Having said that, this program can initiate a change in behaviour that could last a lifetime. The best ‘diet’ is no diet at all – learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet, and you will not need to go on a diet in the first place.


This is a very simple plan to help people break out of a cycle of unhealthy eating. The 16-hour fasting window teaches your body to consume during times of activity and to stop eating late at night. Fasting is a proven weight loss technique, and restricting the times of your caloric intake will keep people from snacking at night (when they are bored, not hungry). If people are able to transition their diet towards the “power foods” and away from unhealthy choices, then this diet will have accomplished something important.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also Ryan’s Gift Ideas for the Coffee Lover and The Difference between Food Sensitivities and Allergies. He is passionate about helping new and experienced entrepreneurs earn money online and runs the How to Earn Money Online HQ blog.

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