8-hour diet is a slimming diet, which is very popular among both women and men. It assumes meals over a period of eight hours a day for the next days of the diet. This method, in effect, is to help to lose a few kilograms.
In theory, the 8-hour diet involves eating only within a fixed time – eight hours each day of a diet, which allows the body to use the rest of the time to process food using to maximum nutrients and get rid of toxins. The authors of a diet claim that modern life makes we eat the whole day, not giving our bodies any time to burn calories, which makes it collect weight and toxins.
8-hour diet is a way which allows extending the period between the last snack (dinner) and breakfast, thus giving a chance to our body to burn stored fat using it maximally to our energy needs.
How do the authors evaluate about a diet, it can help burn up to more than 4 kg in the first week of weight loss and six weeks – up to 10 kg. Hence, it is an ambitious challenge.
8-hour diet is relatively simple in the organization and its most important principles are:
Selection of eight hours in which it is allowed to eat meals is free, and everything depends on the individual preferences of each of us. It is only important so that the meals were within the established timeframe, and another sixteen hours a day were accounted for fasting.
After periods intended for the meals, drinking is allowed only for example coffee, tea or water, but without any additives such the sugar or milk.
Studies have shown that this diet might have some health-related benefits, such as helping reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes or dementia, but its use is best to consult with your doctor.
8 hours of meals do not rely on overeating, but the balanced and healthy meals. It should fight the temptation of tasty treats – especially the ones high in calories, and concentrate on energizing foods and rich in nutrients.
As the authors of diet, it may produce positive effects, also when using it for three days a week.
The diet should include products such as:
- proteins: turkey, chicken, eggs, fish and other lean meat, walnuts, other nuts, natural yogurt, other dairy products, beans, peanuts, legumes,
- fruits: raspberries and other berries, apples, oranges,
- vegetables: mainly leafy green like spinach,
- whole grain products including bread, pasta, cereals.
According to the diet, you should also enter into the daily habits, regular exercise.
Advantages and disadvantages of an 8-hour diet
The authors of the 8-hour diet, consider that during the sixteen hours of fasting, we can lose weight by improving the functioning of the mitochondria, structures within cells responsible for converting nutrients into energy. They also promise that the diet can promote the development of mitochondria and increase weight loss, thus allowing more efficient calorie burning.
These extravagant enough ensure that suggest diet authors have also help to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation in the body, and at the same time can contribute to lessening the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or cancer.
While mitochondria have a considerable impact on the health of our cells, is not discovered as yet, no concrete evidence that this type of diet allegedly had an impact on their performance. Some studies suggest that the timing of meals may influence the expression of individual genes, but it is not known whether such changes take place in people – so far only has been demonstrated similar correlations based on studies carried out on mice.
Other studies have looked at the effects of intermittent fasting on the progress of aging of humans and animals, and some of them were indeed promising.