The 8 Hour Diet (and 16 Hours not): Does It Really Work and How Exactly?
To lose weight it is nowadays very popular to do some form of intermittent fasting. There are many forms to choose from which you can lend a hand to your fat burning. The most popular form is the 8-hour diet.
The benefits of an 8-hour diet would outweigh the disadvantages and the diet also ensure that you can achieve much more results in the area of losing weight. There are even people who claim that you can eat as much as before but will only lose weight through the intermittent fasting process.
Whether this is true is still the question. That’s why I’m going to explain exactly what this article is the 8-hour diet and if you find it useful.
In addition, you will learn in this blog:
- What intermittent fasting is exactly
- What are the benefits of the 8-hour diet (and intermittent fasting)
- What are the disadvantages of this particular eating pattern
What is the 8-hour diet?
If someone told you that there is such a thing as the ‘low-carbohydrate diet’, then you can probably suggest something there.
If someone tells you that he/she started a high-fat diet yesterday, then you can undoubtedly think of a number of products that you can eat with such a diet.
But then you suddenly hear that your best friend has started on the 8-hour diet.
The first thing you probably think is, it:
“What the hell are you eating with this diet? A clock?”
The name of the 8-hour diet is a bit misleading. It has nothing to do with what you eat but more with when you eat something.
You can not really call it a diet because it does not really concern yourself with what you eat. It mainly focuses on the so-called eating window in which you eat or do not eat.
At the 8-hour diet, you also eat your calories within a period of 8 hours and the rest of the day you do not eat anything. That may sound super heavy and fiercely…
… but that is not the case at all since most of this fast takes place in your sleep.
The 8-hour diet has become one of the most popular forms of intermittent fasting in recent years due to its effectiveness and relative ease.
If you have ever heard someone speak about the subject of intermittent fasting, then in 99% of the cases the person will actually talk about the 8-hour diet.
More explanation does not really require the 8-hour diet.
The principal speaks for itself. But to better understand the effectiveness of this eating pattern, it is good to meet the ‘umbrella’ where this diet comes under:
What is intermittent fasting?
The most important thing to know is that intermittent fasting is a diet. It does not really focus on what you can eat but only when you eat. You eat between certain hours and then you steady for the rest of the day. It is the intention that you don’t eat ‘for a lot longer‘ than you ‘eat‘.
By combining intermittent fasting with high-quality food (and a slight calorie deficit), you can speed up a lot of weight loss. In addition, it also has other positive effects for your body, your brain and even prolongs your lifespan.
The main health benefits of intermittent fasting are due to the production of the human growth hormone (HGH Human Growth Hormone) and the improvement of your insulin sensitivity.
In addition, improving your autophagy also plays a role. This is the process whereby your body cleans up its own dead cells and residual waste. When you are constantly eating, your body rarely gets the time to CLEAN everything up.
This allows the accumulation of waste matter and remains of dead cells and thus kill healthy cells. Or even to mutate them into cancer cells.
It has therefore also been shown that periodically a whole day or two can clean up your body to a certain extent. You allow your body during this period the time and opportunity to really clean the body.
Lose weight with intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is an ideal way to lose weight. Regardless of which time window you decide to choose. In addition, research shows that it is also easy to maintain when you are working on it.
What makes intermittent fasting even more enjoyable is that recent research has shown that losing weight in this way causes you to burn more fat than when following a regular diet with a large caloric restriction.
Why do you lose more weight with intermittent fasting is quite special. Of course, it can be because you forget to eat more often. Or that you skip meals through the ‘short’ time window. But it also appears that if you continue to eat as many calories as normal, you will also lose weight. You do not necessarily have to eat less to lose weight with the 8-hour diet.
The power of this diet is what positive effects it has on your hormones and improve your insulin sensitivity. The main hormones that play a role here are:
- The human growth hormone