As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/weight-management/the-secret-to-eating-as-much-as-you-want-and-losing-weight), a recent study backed by forceful evidence has revealed that when you eat can impact chances of losing weight for good. It’s being referred to around the world as the “8-Hour-Diet”, and this has become a revolutionary weight loss method. The basic guideline is to only consume food within a set eight-hour window, and regardless of quantity or quality of the food, there will be a reduction in weight.
Based on an elaborate research study conducted in 2012 by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, this technique has since been refined into a comprehensive diet plan by the best-selling “Eat This Not That” author, David Zinczenko, and Men’s Health editor, Peter Moore, in their new book, “The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!”.
According to proponents of the idea, 24-hour eating culture is responsible for the high rate of obesity in society. “Our extended eating interval throws our digestive system off-kilter and messes with the many hormones and enzymes that manage it,” asserts Salk Institute lead researcher, Dr. Satchidananda Panda. Dr. Panda’s research and Zinczenko and Moore’s book explain that human bodies are incapable of properly processing food after hours, which results in extra pounds ending up in places they shouldn’t – specifically the abdomen and hips. However, it is alleged that if any set eight-hour window for eating is chosen, such as between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or even 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., dieters are free to consume as many calories and whatever type of food they desire — and they will still shed those extra pounds.
Experts also suggest that this method of dieting—targeting when to eat to lose weight—is not only a great way to shed pounds, but also promotes better health overall. An eating regimen that includes intermittent fasting helps to prevent diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Participants in the study displayed significant weight loss and reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels. In a related study, conducted at the University of Copenhagen, researchers found that when men fasted every other day for two weeks, the insulin in their bodies became more efficient at managing blood sugar.
While the research behind this diet is promising, it is a bit premature to fully endorse the 8-Hour-Diet as a sure-fire way to lose weight and achieve better health. The current science behind intermittent fasting does support the diet’s theory; however, binging for eight hours is cautioned until more long-term studies of people participating in the diet are conducted.
One inherent flaw of the diet is that the authors purport that people can eat whatever they want in unlimited quantities, without gaining weight. Regardless of the truthfulness in this claim, the risks of eating certain foods in excess are not discussed. For instance, even eating an unlimited amount of cheeseburgers in an eight-hour period may or may not cause weight gain, the potential cardiovascular and liver damages would be distressing.
The authors of the book also admit that this schedule of eating takes some getting used to. Since people aren’t naturally conditioned to eat in a limited time-frame, this method will take some adjustment.
Ultimately, this diet should be approached with caution and common-sense. The science behind intermittent fasting is promising, and the 8-Hour-Diet has a good scientific starting point. However, a healthy, balanced diet, and avoiding binging on one particular unhealthy food is always recommended.
(SOURCE: “Salk Study May Offer Drug-free Intervention to Prevent Obesity and Diabetes – Salk Institute – News Release.” Salk Institute – News Release. N.p., 17 May 2012. Web.)
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