NEW YORK, Jan 5 — A new diet book claims to have the answer to your weight-loss woes: eat only from 9am to 5pm, or some other eight-hour time bracket. Bonus: you can eat anything you want.
Authors David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and author of 2007’s “Eat This, Not That!,” and Peter Moore may have a point — limiting your eating window could conceivably reduce mindless TV snacking and trips to the late-night drive-through.
Their new weight-loss book, “The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What you Eat!,” associates the rise in obesity with the invention of the lightbulb, which means you can sneak in more Ben and Jerry’s as you’re burning the midnight oil.
“Think about how you regularly sidle up to a bowl of ice cream while watching Leno, or stop at Wendy’s for a late-night drive-thru snack,” the authors write. “Modern technology has created an artificial daytime for us, and we’re filling it up with meal four, meal five and meal six.”
They add: “That extended eating interval throws our digestive system off-kilter and messes with the many hormones and enzymes that manage it. Our bodies can’t process the food we eat, and those calories end up where they shouldn’t — around our bellies and butts.”
While cramming in a healthy breakfast and dinner into an eight-hour day, especially for office workers and busy families, seems like an unnecessary challenge, research does support the concept.
A Salk Institute study published in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that if you condense the total time you eat each day to only eight hours, you can prevent weight gain and reduce diabetes risk, without changing your total calorie consumption. — AFP-Relaxnews