As a part of our strategy to get fit and in shape in order to run our first full marathon (26.2 miles), we’ve decided to opt for a new eating plan. We are intrigued by the results from and science behind the 8 hour diet, so we’ve decided to try it. This is the start of a series tracking our progress.
If you’re interested in learning more, we found these FAQs to be very helpful. There is also a hashtag you can follow on Twitter: #8hourdiet, and you may also want to follow @DaveZinczenko, Editor in Chief of Men’s Health Magazine, who has published a book on this diet plan. (We are hoping he’ll agree to do a podcast with Todd!)
Here is an excellent synopsis of the book on Examiner.
Basically, the concept is that you can eat whatever you want – and as much as you want – during any 8 consecutive hour period in a 24 hour day: 9-5, 11-7, 2-10; whatever works for you. And, this does not have to be the same 8-hour period each day; it just needs to be one 8-hour period each day.
The other 16 hours are spent “fasting,” and this approach has been shown to shrink your stomach (and your appetite), increase metabolism, retrain your body to burn fat for energy (no, not muscle), increase your energy level, reduce occurrences of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to provide other important health benefits.
To see and feel benefits you don’t have to do this 7 days a week, although, at least in the beginning, we’ve decided that we want to. Our wedding reception is in less than a month and we’d like to see some results before then.
Here is a quote from the FAQs:
“Intermittent fasting, however, isn’t based on deprivation. It’s a pattern of eating, not purgatory, and it reinforces to your body that it will get plenty of healthy calories every day so there’s no reason to store fat—in fact, it can start burning fat for energy. Studies show that it also causes a surge in hunger-limiting leptin. So if you really want to ditch the weight, ditch the diet and change your eating schedule instead.”
Read more at Men’s Health: http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/8-hour-diet-faq/page/3#ixzz2Gw1Do1Sj
In addition, we’re both starting running and training again (duh), and I’m going back to the gym on a regular basis for strength training and additional cardio.
I had a very nice surprise when I got on the scale this morning (*ahem* the first time in weeks…) I’m down 6 pounds! A very nice way to start the new year and our new diet + fitness plan.