Starting and sticking to a diet is often tricky, especially when there's some foods you have to avoid but you're still out and about living your life. But what if all you had to take into account the times of your meals?
Also known as the 16:8, the 'eight hour diet' sees followers eat normal meals for eight hours, and fasting for the remaining 16 hours of the day.
The diet is becoming increasingly popular, especially among Hollywood A-listers like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, because it promises to kick their body into fat burning mode. Here's everything you need to know about the 8 hour diet...
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.
The 8 hour diet is becoming a favourite amongst many Hollywood A-listers
What/when can I eat on the 8 hour diet?It's completely up to you as to when you want your eight 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 compulsory. There's no calorie limit or banned foods (yippee!)
Most people who follow the 8 hour diet usually eat breakfast at 10am, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 6pm and then have breakfast at 10am the next day - which means they have a 16 hour gap.
Can I drink after my 8-hour period?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.
New research has also show that fasting for a certain period of the day can speed up cell recycling and regeneration, which means you're less likely to get ill, and it has linked periodic fasting to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and ageing.
Will you try the eight hour diet? Let us know in the comments!