The 8 Hour Diet

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The 8 Hour Diet promises to help you drop 10lbs per week, just by limiting the time during which you eat. Think it sounds too good to be true? Read on to find out how the 8 Hour Diet works, and what you can eat and drink...

What is the 8 Hour Diet?

We've all read the advice that you shouldn't eat after 7pm if you're trying to watch your figure, and this diet works on a similar principle to that. Believe it or not, the diet works by simply restricting the hours in which you eat, rather than what you eat.

The 8-Hour Diet really doesn't limit what you eat at all. Is it a miracle? Well, apparently it's all down to science. By only eating within an 8-hour window and fasting for the remaining hours of the day, you give your body a long break from when you ate your last evening snack until breakfast, which gives it time to 'reset', process all the nutrients we've consumed, get rid of toxins, and burn calories.

This diet is perfect for those of us who tend to graze on food throughout the day and have a severe lack of willpower when it come to dieting! (That'll be most of us then!) And even better, you can choose which days you follow the 8 Hour Diet. Do it everyday, or just once or twice a week if you feel like it. The more often you do, the more weight you will lose.

What/when can I eat on the 8 Hour Diet?

It's completely up to you as to when you want your 8 hour period to fall. It mainly depends on your schedule. If you work your day around the kids, why not set your 8-hour period to fall in line with them? You could eat breakfast when you get back from the school run around 9:30am, and have your dinner around 5pm when they're back at home and it's time for tea. 

Of course, if you're trying to lose weight it's a sensible idea to eat healthily during your 8 hours, but this is by no means compulsary. There's no calorie limit or banned foods (yippee!)


Family dinners under 500 calories

The beauty of the 8 Hour Diet is that you can eat whatever you like! But eating healthier will help you to lose even more weight. Our Recipes team have given you a helping hand with this gallery of delicious dinners all under 500 calories. Yum!



Can I drink after my 8-hour period?

Yes! You can drink as much water, tea and coffee as you want, but don't go reaching for a chocolate milkshake or a high-calorie latte!

Is the 8 Hour Diet healthy?

Author of The 8-Hour Diet, David Zinczenko, claims his 8-hour weight loss plan has loads of health benefits. Apart from the obvious one of losing weight, fasting a few times a week have been proven to regulate insulin levels, therefore protecting against diabetes, not to mention cancer, and dementia.

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Will you be trying the 8 Hour Diet? What did you think? Let us know in our comments section below.

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