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My Journey on the 8 hour diet

Updated on January 22, 2013

Week 1-The beginning

Today is Friday, January 11, 2013. After weeks of research I started the 8 hour Diet. I downloaded and read the book written by David Z. I have read quite a few negative reviews about this but in reading these reviews they all mostly point toward a leangains website. Apparently someone else has written about the 8 hour diet and it has fired up their following. To this I say, it is very clear in the book that the author is not claiming he invented this diet, but rather he researched it. Leangains followers are saying that the 8 hour Diet is a copy but if fasting has been around since the beginning of time,, wouldn't leangains be copying as well?!? Basically this type of eating has been aggresively researched by both leangains and the 8 hour diet authors. We should appreciate both studies and move on.

I have also found that some nutriutionist are not hopping on the 8 hour diet plan train, however they don't really give good reasons for me. I have read you may have mood swings....so what? I don't know a diet that doesn't cause that. How many of us are truly estatic to be trying to lose weight??

They say it's not healthy. How is it not healty to eat during an 8 hour period? Isn't that how man used to eat before we were bombarded with fast food chains and super sized everything? I am 40 years old and I can remember being a child and coming downstairs at what I thought was the middle of the night. In reality it was probably more like 10 or 11pm. I found my father having a sandwich and cheez its. I was horrified. I remember my father explaining that he was not able to eat for whatever the reason and how unhealhty it was to eat at this time and whatever else he said. Can you imagine a child walking downstairs at 10 or 11pm and being horrified their parents are eating that late these days?? Could you imagine a child even remembering something like that?? I would guess no and that's because we have accepted and adapted to this and it's ok to eat around the clock.

I have also heard a nutriionist say she wouldn't want to be driving a car after fasting for 16 hours. REALLY??? Let's break this down.....you are sleeping for about 8 of those hours. You mean to tell me that there's no one in the world who has learned to cut off their eaiting at 6,7,8 at night and then go to work in the morning?? Get a grip!

So with no real reason for me to stay away from this diet, I have decided to go for it. I am on a journey to lose 25 pounds.....the 15 I have gained rather quickly in the fall and winter months and the 10 I am always looking to lose! Here it goes:

Week One: I read the book and what I got out of that book is that you should eat for 8 hours and fast for 16. This gives your body time to digest and rest and break down the fat. YOu are depleting your reserves and burning more fat. I am told you don't start buring muscle until you fast for over 72 hours, and I choose to believe that whether it's true or not... With that said, it all made sense to me. You are also supposed to try to fit in the 8 power foods, which for me was pretty easy. I ate fairly healthy on a regular basis, so adding these power foods was not a problem, except for the berries. However next week I will work on that!

A typical day for me, is wake up, take the dog for a 10 minute walk (which the book also suggests that you do some type of excerise before you eat for at least 8 minutes. This helps the body deplete glycogen stores from you liver, whatever that is. Sounds good though and again I choose to believe it). After I walk the dog I get ready for work. Despite the warning, I drive into work just fine every day, hard to believe I know. In work I busy myself right away. I get tea around 8:30 or 9:00am and then I eat my breakfast at 10am. I then eat a snack at 11am and lunch at 1pm. A snack at 3pm and Dinner at 5:30pm. During this time I am putting the power foods in but not worrying too much about extras. I am not stuffing my face with anything I see for 8 hours. I am not jamming cakes (ok maybe I am eating a slice of cake here and there) but not more down my throat. I am not driving through Wendys. I am simply eating decent. If I want ceaser on my salad for lunch, I'm going for it.

The results: 5 days into this diet, I got on the scale. I would rather weight myself on a Friday then a Monday. Weekends are made for fun and while I realize I need to tame down that fun in some ways in order to achieve my goal, I can't say I will be as diligent as I am during the week. So for me, that works. This brings us to today, Friday, January 11, 2013. I am shocked and happy at the same time to report I have lost 4 pounds!! I can say there has not been a super big change in the foods I eat, just when I eat them. I do need to get those berries in still!! As of this week, I recommend this diet. Make small changes at a time, one day at a time and see where you land! I will be back next Friday to report what I have lost! Please share your journey, we can support each other!

Disclaimer: I realize that this diet is not for everyone, I realize that some people will not like it, I realize and recognize that this has been reported by leangains, I realize there will be skepticisim by some. I am not out to defend the 8 Hour Diet, I am not out to battle the leangains people. I am on a journey to lose 25 pounds and this is the diet I have chosen to try to help me do that...Thank you :)

THE FIRST WEEKEND

Today is Mon Jan 13th and I survived my first weekend! I ate take out on Friday night with Fried foods, not my normal but it had to be done. I did stay in my 8 hr window. Saturday, was the biggie.....perhaps I had a few glasses of wine later into the night and past my window. The eating was so-so. Could have done better, could have done worse. I weighed myself on Sunday and I had gained back 1 lb, so my total is at 3lbs. I will still take it for 7 days of dieting! SInce I don't plan to weigh myself before 7 days is up, I'm going to act like this didn't happen and see where I am on Friday. I just wanted to 'monitor" this weekend for judgement.
I have been throwing in some excersing from walking the dog to a little VERY SLOW jog to aerobics. Today was my first 5:30am excerise wake up call and I have to say........I'm not really a fan of it yet. I am making weekly commitments in regards to excerise so I will stick with it and see if by the end of the week, I'm not kicking the pillows across the room. Stay tuned! Please share your stories, it helps us all get through this!

Mid week........ I am still recommending this "diet". So far things seem to be working well. I do feel more energetic in the mornings. A bit nervous to weigh in on Friday because if the scale is not moving that's gonna be really discouraging........I will check back on Friday

BTW..........the turkey, cheddar, quac and egg sandwich the book reommends is FABULOUS!

WIEGH DAY: Well got on the scale this am and lost another 2 lbs. Down 5 total in 12 days, not too shabby. 20 more to go......Hoping I don't but anything back on over the weekend!

WEEK TWO

Didn't do so hot over the weekend. Actually I didn't stay within the 8 hours on either day, EPIC FAIL...... I did make wiser choices with what I ate and I kept up with the excersing this weekend so I am hoping that does some damage control........Very thankful my weigh day is not until Friday! I still struggle with those berries. Bought a tub of blueberries and pomengrante juice to make one of the smoothies in the book, however my daughters ate all the blueberries! No one has every asked for blueberries in my house. Who knew?!?

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      Melsie Beaumont 2 years ago

      I've been on this diet for the past 10 days and I think it's pretty darn good.

      Have only been keeping the 8 hour window and will start exercising in the coming weeks. I can wear most of my clothes again and am not missing out on anything, all I need to do is adjust the window to suite the social event!

      This really is do-able and I'd also like to see a website where people could offer each other support.

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      brammland 2 years ago

      Ive been doing weight watchers for just over a yr and have lost 70 lbs. Ive come a long way in mastering my nutrition intake. My fitness routines are very challenging. Im was hoping to drop a couple more lbs and begin to maintain. I have been just eating doing my eight hr window between 12-8pm for 5 days and have lost a lb. I like being able to eat and munch w the family at night. But my foundation is still weight watchers. I just do it in my feeding window and I feel I have just a little more control over the on off switch if u will to prevent extra calories in after 8.

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      Iluminadaonix 2 years ago

      I'm one week and 6 lbs lost since I started. I am so happy. I have noticed that I get full quickly. Also my stomach is so much flat. I do exercise for 30 to 40 minutes six days a week. I do it just with black coffee. I thought I couldn't do it. But I am just fine

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      sunny 2 years ago

      I meant "my window remains 10-6".

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      Sunny 3 years ago

      It has been a few weeks on this plan...added a walking program to it. Wow, the results have been great...down from 140 lbs. to 131 lbs. I do walk in my home 1 mile before work, 2 miles at lunch and another 4 miles when I get home. I do believe the 8 hour diet plan mixed with the walking plan is the perfect combination for me. I will keep doing both and see if I can get down to 125 lbs. (my weight on my wedding day 23 years ago). I am addicted to the walking (Leslie Sansone DVD's from the library), and I love the 8 hour window rule. It has taken snacking out of my evening and breakfast out of my morning. My window remains 10-8. If I am hungry, I walk another 2 miles before bed.

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      Sunny 3 years ago

      I started this diet last Tuesday (stopped eating at 6pm). I was very close to 140 lbs. It's not hard to stick to the 8 hour eating window. I stepped on the scale after 1 week and I was slightly under 135. I do a 12 minute cardio before work each morning and walk 2 miles during my lunch. I also push a 10 lb weight around every other day. I also quit smoking more than 1 year ago and have put on 10 lbs, and menopause did not help. I really need to get down to 130 or I will have to buy bigger clothes. Cooking for my husband and son is a little cruel because my window is 10 - 6 and they get home after 6. I have not broken the window restriction, but am going to bed at 9 instead of 10 because I am hungry. Good luck to all those trying this plan!

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      Chico 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I am just starting this today + want it to work. I am 56 and just quit smoking. I love to cook + have a few drinks on the week-end so I am going to do this Monday to Thursday only. Wish me luck!

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      Charlene 3 years ago

      Hello! Finally a place to share my weightloss experience . I have been on the eight hour diet since Jan. 1, 2014 and am down 5 lbs. I'm thrilled. My doctor wants me to lose 4 lbs a month. I have 110 lbs to go. This is the easiest and most adaptable program ever. I work nights Sunday to Thursday and this is working for me. I wish there was a support web site for everyone following this fabulous program. All the best to you folks.

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      Charlene 3 years ago

      Hello! Finally a place to share my weightloss experience . I have been on the eight hour diet since Jan. 1, 2014 and am down 5 lbs. I'm thrilled. My doctor wants me to lose 4 lbs a month. I have 110 lbs to go. This is the easiest and most adaptable program ever. I work nights Sunday to Thursday and this is working for me. I wish there was a support web site for everyone following this fabulous program. All the best to you folks.

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      heatherp1989 3 years ago

      Ok I am starting this diet today! I think this is one I can actually stick to! Wish me luck! :0p

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      Chris 4 years ago

      Hey guys,

      I myself have adapted the 8 hour diet for quite some time now, but always had problems tracking the hours I was allowed to feast and fast.

      Luckily, I know how to create iPhone Apps - so I built an App just for that: Tracking your 8 and 16 hour phases.

      It's for free and really easy to use so I would like to share it with you guys. You can find it by searching for "8 16 hours" in the App Store or go to http://816hoursapp.jimdo.com

      I'm looking forward to your feedback - if you like it please spread the word!

      Cheers

      Chris

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Suz, I am so glad I could help you! I hope you are doing well on your journey! As for me, I have still quit the scale so I don't know how much I've actually lost. I know that's not super helpful for some, however in my case, I needed to stop putting the pressure on myself if I gained a half pound. I am still down the size I lost but nothing more. I am happier and feel much better. I follow the 8 hour not as strict as I was however the weight I did lose did NOT come back. I am still going to the gym 4-5 days a week. Good luck to you and oolala53!!

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      oolala53 4 years ago

      What happened?

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Hi Leanne, I have not been getting on the scale as it was frustrating me. However, I still follow the diet and go the gym. I can fill a BIG difference in my clothes, I am ready to go down a size but I don't know how much I have actually lost. I am 41 and have 3 kids as well. I compeletly feel your pain!!! I too had tried everything. This plan is easy to follow and will give you results especially if you are working out. Give it a try to see what happens. You have nothing to lose but weight right?!?! Good Luck, let me know how you do! My suggestion would be forget the numbers and go with how your clothes fit. I much happier this way!! ha ha

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      Leanne 4 years ago

      Would love an update. Have been seriously trying to lose some weight for a long time. I work out, my job is physical but I stopped smoking 7 months ago, have three kids and am 42 years old....this diet/eating plan wouldn't be too hard for me to follow. Feel like I have tried everything....

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Good Luck Marcela, Things are slowing down for me 7 weeks in and I'm only down 11. I had 10 in my first 5 weeks. Trying to figure out what is going wrong, but I'm going to continue to stay on. I'm not gaining anything back so that's a plus!

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      Marcela 4 years ago

      Hi I just started the diet 3 days ago after reading the book, so far so good.

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Last week I stayed the same, however I had anticipated that to happen. I am going to continue this diet, Good Luck to anyone who's following this and needs encouragement!

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Weighed in last Friday, February 8th which completed week 5 of this diet. Down two more pounds for a total of 10! Heading into week 6 and gonna step up the exercise this week. My weekend was pretty bad and although I won't get on the scale to confim the misery, I am sure I gained back those two!! I have 3 1/2 weeks left before I go on vacation and REALLY need to be as strict as possible.

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      Vera, I hope you are doing well! I know there aren't many people commenting, however I feel the need to update. I was sick as well as my children last week. Stomach bug....argghhh.. While one would think I would drop some weight durning that time........Not so much!! So I remain the same. Waiting until Friday for the next weigh in. I'm back on track this week. Hopefully some results!! Good luck to all who are reading and trying this diet!

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      Vera Houpt 4 years ago

      Just started this 3 days ago and I can tell a difference in cravings. I can't seem to get the 8 food items to eat everyday in because I am full. Not hungry during fasting time either. I am noticing that I pee a lot! Water weight should be coming off. I will weigh in after 7 days. But I think this is a no brainer plan. Makes perfect sense!

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      I thought I would update in the comments section so that the original entry isn't so long. Today Friday Jan 25th is weigh day. I reluctantly got on the scale this am. I had not excerised in the last two days, my daughter was sick and had me up all night. I was also out of my regular routine, so not drinking as much water or eating the way I should. Lo and behold, it looks like I lost 3 more pounds!! I started this diet on January 7th and I am down 8 pounds!! Very, very excited about this.......

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      scoop04 4 years ago

      I am so glad I encouraged you! It is working for me, however I think it will be a slower weight loss, which isn't actually a bad thing! Definitely get the book because the book will give you more insight on the how's and why's as well as recipes. There are 8 power foods you should eat everyday and the book explains them all and why. The beginning of the book got a little boring, but it was definitely worth the read for me. I wish you the very best of luck, keep in touch with your progress! I will continue to post mine. It helps me stay on track. Great to hear from you.

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      Jet 4 years ago

      Hey there just wanted to let you know that I have also started the 8 hour diet.

      I can say that I have not had much success on it yet. I do only eat for the 8 hours with the 16 hours in-between. But the scales say That I have only lost 1 pound in 2 weeks. I just heard about it from my sister - in - law and I have not bought the book yet maybe that would give me more insight to the diet? I must say that it was incouraging for me to hear that it is working for you Good Job!