PLAN OF THE MONTH: The 8-Hour Diet
The 8-Hour Diet might be one of the least complicated plans I’ve followed to date. So far, I’ve tested plans that had me ditch my hidden foods, tally points, omit face, eat face, weigh, measure, combine specific foods for my blood type or bloodline, and count calories. I don’t have to do any of that this month… all I need is a stopwatch.
The premise is simple – I choose an 8-hour period that works best for my schedule and lifestyle, i.e. 9 AM to 5 PM, or 11 AM to 7 PM, etc., and eat whatever I want during that time. When my 8-hour feast is over, I put the fork down and begin the 16-hour fast (thankfully, I’ll be asleep for half of that time!). During the fasting period, my body will reset and get rid of toxins effectively and efficiently.
I will also exercise no less than 8 minutes (whoohoo!) every morning, shortly after rising, and I will incorporate 8 ‘powerfoods’ into my diet, choosing two from the list at each meal and snack.
- Consult your physician before starting any diet! I checked with my doctor before starting my yearlong experiment and she set parameters around which plans I could test.
- Intermittent fasting isn’t suitable for anyone who has a blood-sugar disorder such as diabetes or pre-diabetes.
- You don’t have to eat during the same 8-hour window every day – you can adapt it to accommodate your changing lifestyle.
- You don’t have to follow the plan 7 days a week. You can follow it as little as 3 days a week and still see results.
- You can eat as often as you want during your 8-hour period.
- You can have water, coffee, or tea during the fasting period.
- You cannot have milk, juice, soda, sweetened coffee drinks, or bottled iced teas during the fasting period.
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