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the 8hr diet... anyone else ever tried or hear of results

okay so I tried eating during the 8hr period as it states, and its not as bad as I thought it has made me aware how often I try and grab food when Im not hungry, I do however need to still clean up my diet, as I wanted to see what happend if I only changed the fasting part and the increase of workouts now I will start with a cleaner diet and hope I get some results...just surious anyone else tried it or heard of anyone else's results?
I do notice a flatter belly but my weight is like down 2lbs its only been a week and I did it 5 times this week, meaning I start eating at 10:30 and finish by 6:30.

Mon. Jan 7, 11:16am

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I dabbled with fasting from 14 to 18 hours at night, I prefer doing last meal (dinner) at 5:00pm and not eating again until 9:30am the next morning - I prefer this. I don't snack as much if I do this and I feel my body is better regulated. I just started back up again at this recently. I do believe the body needs a break at night, and snacking after dinner is the worst. Well, for me, anyway.

Monday, January 07, 2013, 12:06 PM

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16 hours of no food is at night takes place mostly while you are sleeping. Night time snacking isn't really the most optimal for health, so I believe, it is best to not eat after dinner and break your fast in the morning.

Here is something somewhat related that PEERtrainer came out with a while back, particularly the first myth...

"Myth Busters with JJ Virgin: Three Common Beliefs That Can Prevent You From Making The Progress You Want."

Myth #1: You Should Eat Every 2-3 Hours To Lose Weight

Myth #2: "Healthy" Sweeteners Are OK

Myth #3: You Have To Do Endurance Cardio

here is the link:


Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 8:46 AM

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but wait! there's more!

new PT article:


Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 12:22 AM

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I like the advice of JJ Virgin, you should stop eating 3 hours before you go to bed. I've read others say 4 hours. If you are going 5 hours, maybe you should be going to bed earlier? Just a thought.

Good luck to everyone here, I hope everyone finds what works perfectly for them, wherever they are on their health and weight loss journeys.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 8:30 AM

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Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

There is a need for more research on the possible benefits of fasting.

I recently saw a documentary (link below) put on by BBC/Horizon called "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" I highly recommend to someone interested in fasting. This particular documentary focuses on Alternate Day Fasting, in which on "fast days" a person would consume around 500 calories at one meal, preferably lunchtime.

Animal studies have shown that mice on this type of diet live considerably and significantly longer than their non-fasting counterparts. Due to a reduction in the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), which is one of the drivers which keep our bodies in go-go mode, with cells driven to reproduce. This is fine when you are growing, but not so good later in life. Evidence shows this hormone can be reduced with fasting.

WIth alternate day fasting, If you were sticking to your fast days, then in terms of cardiovascular disease risk, it didn't seem to matter if you were eating a high-fat or low-fat diet on your feed (non-fast) days.

This diet is obviously not for everyone, as people report being very hungry and fatigued on "fast days" and may lead to overeating on non-fast days. However, in the study in the documentary, they found that people generally were not compensating for calories not eating on "fast days"
Research also suggests that 1 day of calorie restriction every other day is not enough to have a negative impact on your metabolism. Perhaps, just the opposite.

It also isn't necessary to stick to Alternate Day. Another option is 5:2, in which you fast on two days and eat as you normally would the other 5.

After seeing this documentary I have followed Alternate Day fasting for 1 week. I have already lost 4.2 lbs (I'm female, 160 lbs and already eat a very healthful diet) and my husband lost 11 lbs (he's male, 150 lb and eats a less healthy diet with a lot of processed foods).

Personally, I don't think it's sustainable over the long term. However, it has worked for me to break a weight loss plateau and I can see myself doing it for a few more weeks without trouble.

Just like any efforts to lose weight, if you return to unhealthy habits any hormonal benefits will be gone and weight may creep back on.

But for someone like me, it will help me push through a plateau and I will return to healthy eating habits and (hopefully) not experience regaining any weight.


Friday, January 11, 2013, 1:27 PM

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8 hr diet

I just started trying out this 8hr diet. I have been on it for 5 days now and I have not lost any weight yet. I have been logging my food but I haven't been restricting my food choices either so, this means if I want a brownie I eat it. So my calorie intake is not that much lower than my expenditure (i.e. I am not burning much more calories than I eat so the fact that I have not lost any weight is not a big surprise). There is this other guy out there, his name is Brad Pilon who has a similar program called "eat stop eat" and it's sort of the same principles, except instead of fasting for 16 hours every day, he recommends fasting for a 24 hour period 1-2 times a week. I don't think I can do that, so I have been sticking with this 8-hour thing. I eat breakfast around 11 and stop eating around 7pm (which corresponds to about 3 hrs before bedtime). Sometimes I eat 1 very large meal at 11 then do not eat until 6-7pm and sometimes I eat throughout the 8hr period. I am just testing it out now, if I think of the 16 hours as "fasting" it is easier to say no to food, especially if I am eating healthy and balanced meals during my 8hrs (not just junk food, if I eat mainly junk food I start craving during my fast and it is difficult). In the mornings, I find that I am hungry, but not starving and am completely focused at work and home. I will see how this goes, I tend to be a grazer, I used to eat from the time I got out of bed to the time I went to bed. Small meals, snacks, handfuls of stuff here and there and this 8-hr thing has totally stopped that. I am thinking of combining this 8-hr thing with the cleanse to jump start the weight loss since the whole "eating-pretty-much-whatever-you-want during the 8hrs" seems something that would be more effective at maintaining weight, not losing it.

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:22 PM

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op here

Thanks for the feed back, I did try the 8hrs eating and have decided to forego as I was obsessing about clock watching although loved the discipline of having a cut off at night so I've opted for 12hrs 7 till 7 and will eat every 3 hrs instead

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:43 PM

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