This diet works on the theory that the human body is designed for periods of eating and then periods of fasting.
This involves consuming calories over an 8-hour period and then fasting for a 16-hour period each day. During the 16-hour period, the human body should be focused on repair and rest, rather than continually digesting food.
For example, if your calorie window is from 9 am to 5 pm, you must eat during that time period only.
The window can be adjusted depending on a person’s schedule and can be different during different days of the week. Dieters should eat this way at least 3 days a week at the beginning of the diet and gradually increase towards the ultimate goal of 7 days a week.
Eat Whatever You Want
There are no forbidden foods on The Eight Hour Diet, but Zinczenko does advise that this diet is not an excuse to overeat. Portion size must still be considered.
Dieters should delay eating breakfast until the beginning of their food window. For example, If you can’t start eating until 10 am, Zinczenko recommends starting the day with a cup of tea, water, or coffee and doing some light exercise before any calories are consumed.
Eat as Often as You Want
Snacks can be eaten as often as a dieter wants as long as all eating is within the 8 Hour Diet window.
Supercharge the Diet
The 8 Hour Diet shows dieters how choosing 8 healthier power foods instead of processed and refined foods can dramatically increase the effectiveness of the diet and the dieter’s overall good health. The book gives suggestions on how to easily incorporate these foods into the diet.
Sample Meal Plan
Water, coffee, or tea
Breakfast (10 am)
Oatmeal with blueberries and maple syrup
Coffee, tea, or water
1 granola bar
2 slices of pizza
1 8oz bag of potato chips
1 fudge brownie
Dinner (5:30 pm)
Grilled Salmon Steak
Baked sweet potato w/butter
1 cup of broccoli
½ cup ice cream
Only 8 Minutes of Exercise
To be successful on the 8 Hour Diet just eight minutes of exercise is required to turbocharge the fat burning process.