The Editor-in-Chief at Men’s Health, David Zinczenko, has written new weight loss book called The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat! In it, he states that losing weight is easy–all you have to do is limit your eating window to eight hours a day. Oh, and during that time, eat as much as you want.
Our nation’s obesity epidemic is largely linked to the invention of the lightbulb, Zinczenko argues. This has allowed us to conceivable eat into the evening in front of the TV or at late-night fast food drive-thru’s.
To combat this, Zinczenko and his colleague, Peter Moore, say that we should limit our eating to eight hours a day. So, 9am-5pm, conceivably. And during that third of our day, get this: We can eat whatever and however much we want. Is that wise? Is that healthy? Is that even possible?
On their website, they explain why it is not only possible, but the most “groundbreaking” diet ever:
Our bodies are like clocks, preferring to schedule maintenance and system backup during planned downtimes. If you crash the system — raiding the fridge at midnight and eating five bowls of sugary cereal first thing in the morning — it clears the dietary wreckage, resulting in a pileup around your waistline. But if you limit chow time to very specific hours of the day, your system has all the time it needs to process the traffic along your digestive tract, and it results in more health benefits than you can imagine.
Sure, this makes some sense. I mean, no one’s going to trim their tummies by eating Ben & Jerry’s at midnight. Hello. But do we really need another diet book to tell us that? The mere idea of eating as much as we want in a limited 8-hour period each day is well, suspicious.
For starters, how is it at all possible to eat breakfast (indisputably the most important meal of the day) and dinner during a measly eight-hour timeframe? If we get up at 6am, does that then mean dinner is at 2pm? Or if you workout first thing in the morning, does that mean that we can’t refuel our bodies for several hours if we choose to eat dinner at a “normal” time? And what then happens to family dinner time bonding, happy hour with the girls and the inarguably pleasure of an occasional tub of popcorn while watching Jerry McGuire for the twelfth time?
Then, there is the whole theory on being able to eat as much as you want, and whatever you want during that eight-hour window. McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme and more Ben & Jerry’s please?
Perhaps I need to read the book. Or perhaps we need to just quit trying these ridiculous diet tactics and simply eat more whole foods and be sensible about when and how much we consume.
Take a look at an excerpt from their book here, and let us know what you think. Would you try this diet?