I'm double posting tonight, but I really wanted to get this out to you asap. A few days ago I posted a video on my YouTube channel reviewing the book, "The 8 Hour Diet" by David Zinczenko and it's gotten a super positive response so far.
I've seen a bunch of questions being posted in my comment section and wanted to follow up with this blog post to share some more information with you guys. In a nut shell the 8 hour diet is quite simply: Eat within 8 hours in any given day. That's absolutely it! The book goes on to claim that you can eat whatever you want, and as much as you want - just keep it in that 8 hour time frame. I go into great detail in the video about the exact science behind this concept and Why It Works! The absolute best part of it is that you don't even have to do it every day - you totally CAN, but as stated in the book - as little as 3 days a week will provide extreme and awesome benefits and results!!
Here are some fast facts that can answer some of your questions:
* You CAN definitely drink water during the intermittent fasting period and its actually encouraged. The book suggest drinking at least 2 tall glasses of water within the first two hours of waking up. This will actually help to further boost your metabolism because it will get to work processing what you're ingesting, meanwhile it's just water. You're hydrating your cells and body but not adding in any calories.
* Being hungry and being thirsty feels the same. Sometimes we're really just thirsty but mistaken it for hunger. When you start to feel that, have some water or a hot drink to curb the hunger pangs for a while longer.
* Hot/Warm drinks can actually help to make you feel fuller for longer. Drinking coffee or tea during the fasting periods is also encouraged. The book even says that it's okay to add some milk or sugar if you must for taste. The amount of you add by putting milk/sugar/etc into your drink is not so much where it will deter your efforts.
One commenter also asked me to share the 7 day sample meal plan to give you an idea of what to eat. However, I want to reiterate that you can literally eat whatever you want. Don't get crazy on me now and go down 3 dozen donuts, a big Mac, and some deep fried oreos, BUT don't feel like you have to greatly change your eating habits or restrict yourself. Remember you get out what you put in, with everything in life.
With that said, I'm going to re-type the exact sample meal plan from the book for those interested. This is directly from chapter 6, page 103 in the book. Many of these meal ideas are included in the recipe chapter in full detail.
Breakfast/Brunch - Huevos Rancheros
Snack #1 - cantaloupe and ham
Lunch - The Ultimate Burger
Snack #2 - oatmeal cookie and a glass of 2% milk
Dinner - Loaded Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables
Breakfast/Brunch - Papaya Berry smoothie
Snack #1 - pear and slices of Brie
Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich with Curry and Raisins
Snack #2 - cup of tomato soup
Dinner - Shrimp Scampi
Breakfast/Brunch - Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar & Guacamole
Snack #1 - sliced tomato with fresh mozarella
Lunch - Spinach and Ham Quiche
Snack #2 - square of dark chocolate
Dinner - Seared Sirloin with Red Wine Mushrooms
Breakfast/Brunch - The Caffeinated Banana Smoothie
Snack #1 - whole wheat toast with peanut butter
Lunch - Pesto-Tuna Melt
Snack #2 - Triscuits with ham and Swiss
Dinner - Chili-Mango Chicken
Breakfast/Brunch - Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana
Snack #1 - Greek yogurt with chopped strawberries
Lunch - Chinese Chicken Salad
Snack #2 - Chips and Salsa
Dinner - Honey-Mustard Salmon with Roasted Asparagus
Breakfast/Brunch - Yogurt Parfait
Snack #1 - pita with hummus
Lunch - Turkey, Bacon, Guacamole Sandwich
Snack #2 - almonds and grapes
Dinner - Super Supreme Pizza
Breakfast/Brunch - Blueberry Pancakes
Snack #1 - bowl of Cheerios with sliced banana
Lunch - Chicken White-Bean Chili
Snack #2 - chips and guacamole
Dinner - Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
Remember this is just a SAMPLE. This is an easy peasy diet that can work for you and your lifestyle. There are some general guidelines to follow, as I discussed in the video (8 Powerfoods concept) but you can essentially mold this seamlessly into the life you already live. For example, I follow a mostly plant-based diet. I can still implement the 8 hour eating window with my current dietary customs. Start with the 8 hours and then slowly make further, healthier changes. As you see results and progress you gain more motivation and are driven to make more positive changes. Don't stress yourself out thinking you have to have, be and do all at once. It's like a snowball effect, let your momentum grow on it's own and it will be so easy to just flow toward a healthier life!
I hope this follow up blog post was helpful to you guys and provided some supplemental information! Don't forget to check out the video for much more. If you are interested in the book here is a link to it on amazing: The 8 Hour Diet book
So much love to all of you and bets of luck on your own fitness journeys!
P.S. I talked about the idea of an 8 minute workout in the video as well. I see that so many of you have been interested in a follow up video sharing the 8 minute workout routines so I will be creating that for you guys later this month! xoxo