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REVIEW: The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I've decided to spend some time reading various popular diet books and food programs. I'm partly in a quest for something that works for me and also I want to be better informed. I've got some ideas of my own that are already fairly gelled: no plan can work without exercse; I won't eat artificial sweeteners; and deprivation plans or VLCD (Very low calorie diets) are not for me. But I continue to read on and see if I can take aspects of one diet and combine it with aspects of another to find something I can live with.

Wow! I thought that Dr. Pierre Dukan was trying to seduce me into a Francophile fantasia of masochism. (See my blog entry of a couple of days back). But these guys are a lot worse! I want to hurl this "diet" book vigorously across the room. Dukan can be very persuasive whereas these three guys are like troglodytes.
Anyhow, Please do not confuse these guys with Dr. Dukan. His plan is totally different and consists of eating meat round the clock...
Turning to the 8 hour diet, which is by David Zinczenko with Peter Moore and another musketeer:


In the first place, the authors begin by asserting that you want to skip breakfast because it's a known fact that fat people eat a lot -- too much -- at breakfast and all the skinny people skip this meal. I've sure known a lot of very fat and unwell people (including myself) who tried to skip breakfast and postpone that first bite of the day. Specious science and dubious anecdotes fill this book.

In the second place, you can eat ANYTHING YOU WANT if you select an 8 hour period for eating each day and a 16 hour period to abstain from eating (i.e. watch your blood sugar shake, rattle, and roll you into a coma).

They do mention exercise, but the idea is that you do 8 minutes of exercise a day (they seem to be in love with the number 8).

My final verdict: This was basically how I got so fat. I typically did not eat until about 4 in the afternoon and then ate non-stop until about midnight when I succumbed into an uneasy hypergylcemic coma known jokingly as "sleeping".

Beware, beware! This diet is as "easy" as pie. And a determined fat spirit like mine can stuff a lot of pies of various kinds into herself in 8 hours. And how many pies can you eat in 8 hours? These three guys are dreamers!

As I read diet books I see more and more how super-restrictive diets are not for me nor are diets with gimmicks related to the numbers 8 or 17 or anything else. Intermittent fasting is not for me and probably should not be for anyone who is overweight and trying to improve/mend a relationship with food and a way of eating.

If I were to follow this diet I might be dead within a month. You, however, are a different person with a different body and may have different demands. But I really cannot think of a person I've ever known of any weight or age who could benefit from this diet--or at least who could sustain it as a healthy way of life.

I've got "Intuitive Eating" on tap and a few other books.
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    I started the 8-hour "lifestyle" on Jan 14, 2013 after hearing about it on Fox and Friends. So decided to give it a try (without purchasing the book). By 1/18/13, I lost 4 pounds, so I decided to buy the book for further information. I just did my weekly weigh in today 1/25/13 (every friday) and lost another 3 pounds. Sorry, but the diet works, and the science behind intermittent fasting seems to make sense. I usually don't have much of an appetite in the mornings, so pushing my fasting time out to 11:00am to 12:00pm is not hard for me. When I break my fast (the word breakfast comes from that concept), I will eat my biggest meal for the day, and I eat whatever I want (within reason - sorry no pies!!!). Then around 2:00pm to 3:00pm, I will snack on some nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc.) and drink plenty of water to wash it down. Then around 6:00pm to 7:00pm I enjoy some dinner, AND THEN I STOP EATING! I try to stick to the 8 power foods recommended, but do enjoy whatever I want as well sometimes. After my 8 hour window, I drink plenty of water. Remember, 8 of the 16 hours that you spend fasting is taken up by sleeping. The amazing thing is I feel very satisfied, and I find myself eating to live and NOT living to eat! I also don't see this as a diet but a new lifestyle that is so easy to stick to. Don't knock this lifestyle plan until you try it. Give your digestive system a break and try intermittent fasting. Never felt better with even more energy and focus. emoticon
    1824 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 10:39:12 AM
    Great review
    1841 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I think this is a terrific series of blogs which I very much enjoy reading.
    1843 days ago

    here is a link to a lime team mate of mine who reviewed a few diets and her take. She has 4 fit rules she uses, you might be interested in what she did.

    thanks for the reivew,, I think that 8 diet made me fat too ...
    1843 days ago
    Admirable that you are on a quest to find the right food combinations for your body type. I am experimenting with macronutrient distribution. Do I lose more when I eat 40% fat or 30% ? Do I gain muscle or lose muscle if I eat 20 % protein or or 30% protein.

    How does my food intake affect my HDLs and LDLs?

    I agree with you on the artificial sweetners. They cause reactions in me (mouth lesions, inflammation). Also MSG is something that I have to avoid.

    I enjoyed your review immensely. Thanks for sharing!
    1843 days ago
    Skipping breakfast is not an option at least not for me. I find the less I eat in the am and at lunch the more I want to eat when I get home in the pm. Not an option. Loved your "tongue in cheek" review though.
    1844 days ago
    Skipping breakfast! I've been INCREASING my calories at breakfast because I think that I'm not eating enough calories during the day which is why I'm ravenous (which is a problem) at night!!!
    1845 days ago
    When you say "how many pies can you eat in 8 hours?", is this some kind of challenge? emoticon
    1845 days ago
  • SHOES17
    Artificial sweeteners that is a problem! A major one. They are everywhere! We got a keurig for Christmas and I am shock at how many to the kcup are packed full of them. I gave up adding Splenda to anything sometime back. However, this year I am taking a closer look at labels too!

    I am one of those people that skips breakfast. Speaking from experience it doesn't help anyone take off pounds.

    I am a strong believer that isnt as much how much you eat as it is about what you eat! I started losing weight when I started eating

    Good Luck

    That cat looks like my Bastion. I miss him
    1846 days ago
    The breakfast thing suprised me.....
    1846 days ago
    Aren't Dukan's diet and the 8 hour diet two different things. I saw something on Dr. Oz today about the 8 hour diet, it's written by a person named Zinczenko (sp) And I think the Dukan diet, a 17 day thing written by author Dukan??

    I couldn't do either of them, I think that CMRAND has the idea same as I do. I think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And fasting for 16 hours would put breakfast about 11AM and no way I could go on my walks in the morning on an empty stomach.

    Someone always has some new gimmick, don't they?? I think any food plan we undertake has to be something we're comfortable with and can sustain over time and learn that way of eating even after we're at our goal weights...
    1847 days ago
    all these cons...just to make lots of money while in the long run it seems creating/reinforcing unhealthy habits so can write another book/give talks/endorse products/ etc etc and make yet more money....

    1847 days ago
    I'd never heard of this diet before. Now I'm glad you posted the info on it - just in case!
    1847 days ago
  • CRAFTY1960
    Thanks for taking time to check out this book and write the review.
    1847 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    Oh my gosh! You had me laughing out loud with your review on this one! Great review :)
    1847 days ago
    That diet sounds awful. People who eat breakfast actually weigh less than people who don't in most studies. I could eat 10,000 calories in 8 hours if I tried. You are wise to stay away from that diet. Moderation is the key.
    1847 days ago
    And to see this diet endorsed by prevention and women Healthy magazines makes one wonder what how much they are paid. Even if one was sitting at home, this diet would not work.
    Thank you for this. emoticon
    1847 days ago
    This stuff is a major part of why I try to avoid diet books and most diet articles.

    A good call on this book!

    1847 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Thanks for the review! Doesn't sound like a very good idea!
    1847 days ago
    Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking about getting the book to read. Now I won't bother. emoticon
    1847 days ago
    This doesn't sound like a very good diet at all. I'm with you, it should probably be hurled across the room, or out a window, pronto.
    1847 days ago
    We learn to listen to our body, then why not listen to our gut, such as you did with this book! It is not always "if it sounds to good to be true", it goes deeper than that. Truth can be known...if we "listen".

    Thanks for sharing! I think the days of "fad" diets are going by the wayside as more people become aware of how our bodies operate in their own unique way.

    1847 days ago
    Thanks for sharing I do not think there is a magic diet out there either. It has to be a lifestyle change.

    1847 days ago
    I'm also not a fan of fad diets and this always struck me as one. I have hypoglycemia too and can't see this possibly working for me.
    1847 days ago
    I needed this pep talk. It is so easy to fall for these quacks because they talk with such confidence! Chris
    1847 days ago
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