In one of the hottest new weight loss trends, you can eat whatever you want - as long as you eat that food within a certain time limit. The creators of this new diet have put their theories and how to use them into a new book, "The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!" Sounds like a weight watchers dream come true - but does it work?
Author David Zinczenko, who authored "The New Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life," contends that this approach works because of the body's mechanisms. Some studies, in fact, have shown that by fasting 12 hours daily (e.g. eating your first meal at 7 a.m. and your last meal at 7 p.m.), you can lose weight more easily. David takes the concept one step further: Eat a blissful variety of food for eight hours daily - and then fast for 16 hours. Bonus: The diet is designed to be flexible, so - just like the "The 5:2 Diet Book: Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health" - you can follow it one day a week, three days a week or every day of the week to achieve your weight loss goals.
What this means: On days when you follow the eight-hour plan, skipping breakfast just may help. Co-author Peter Moore contends that "the science behind the whole breakfast thing has always been kind of shaky," telling Mother Nature Network that "when you start looking into it, you see as much science against the breakfast hypothesis as you see in favor of it, so maybe we’ve just been wrong all these years." He also cited research showing that intermittent fasting improves the metabolism and even may reduce the risk of dementia. Included in the book are recipes and workouts (the latter based on eight minute exercises). And Peter claims it works so well that he "had to ramp it back because I was afraid I’d lose too much weight. That really says a lot to me about how amazingly, weirdly, magically effective this is."