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The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!
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The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat! [Kindle Edition]

David Zinczenko , Peter Moore
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In The 8-Hour Diet, David Zinczenko and Peter Moore present a paradigm-shifting plan that allows readers to eat all the foods that they love, while losing those extra pounds that they hate. But it's so simple it's like clockwork. Literally.

Research shows that by focusing their diet on 8 critical, nutrient-rich Superfoods—and eating as they normally would, but only within an 8-hour window each day—readers really can eat whatever they want, while losing weight faster than they ever imagined. The timing mechanism is such that it will reset a dieter's metabolism so that he or she can enter fat-burning mode first thing in the morning—and stay there all day long.

In the book, readers will additionally find motivating strategies, cheating tips for those days when an 8-hour schedule is impossible, a sample eating plan, delicious recipes (of course, rich in Superfoods), an eight-minute daily workout routine to maximize calorie burn, and a bonus workout for those looking not only to lose weight but also to tone their bodies. The 8-Hour Diet promises to strip away unwanted pounds, and to give readers the focus and willpower they need to reach all of their goals for weight loss (and otherwise).

About the Author

DAVID ZINCZENKO is the New York Times bestselling author of Cook This, Not That! and The New Abs Diet. He is former editor in chief of Men’s Health.

PETER MOORE is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Belly Prescription. He is a National Magazine Award winner and editor of Men’s Health.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect. April 22 2014
This book really helps. Though, the claim 'no counting calories' is nonsense. It's easy to reduce calorie intake when you are on an 8 hour window, so, you'll lose weight.
I lost 25 lbs so far.
The other con's: 8 min exercise is not enough, there is no mention of avoiding GMO and processed foods, and also unnecessary recommendation against white rice.
Pros: if you reduce your calories and eat healthy and fast, you'll be surprised how fast this book slashes you chronic disease risks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the concept Sept. 15 2014
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I liked the concept. The first week I lost 3 lbs. For the first 2 days I felt hungry in the morning but then got used to it and didn't mind missing breakfast or having it later. I gradually worked into it. The 8 minutes of exercise is nothing. I walked up and down stairs and then did some floor exercises and some weights. Then had my coffee. I would recommend this book if you want to get a real fast start to a diet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 4 2013
By Bj
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This book is awesome. It gives you everything you need to follow through with your diet. This book really works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a great diet that has changed my life, but... Dec 30 2012
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First and foremost, intermittent fasting has changed my life for the better. I first learned about fasting through the website about 2 years ago, which led me to Brad Pilon's "Eat, Stop, Eat" program around the same period. Since then, I've lost at least 60lbs and have kept it off. I'm more active then ever thanks to intermittent fasting, calisthenics and Brazilian jiujitsu. If you're looking for a sustainable nutrition program that is painlessly easy and healthy, then intermittent fasting is exactly what you want.

Having said all that, "The 8 Hour Diet" was [allegedly] stolen from, Martin Berkhan's website. He has been writing about the 16/8 fasting diet for years, which in turn has turned the bodybuilding world upside down. He has changed countless amounts of blog and forum members lives with his methods. It's a shame "The 8 Hour Diet" makes no mention of him or his website.

So, if you're interested in this book, check out for original (and FREE!) version of the diet.

My actual review of this book below.

The book is about abstaining from any calories for 16 hours then feeding for 8 hours every day. One thing I did not like was how the author routinely uses research from alternate day fasting (which requires fasting for 24-36 hours, every other day) in order to support the 16/8 diet. It's possible that 16 hours is not enough time for the body to receive the same benefits as going 24-36 hours every other day would.

Typical of Rodale Publishing, in my opinion, there are numerous grammatical and punctuation errors throughout the book. However, this does not take away from the reading experience; still a decent read (despite being [allegedly] stolen from Martin Berkhan).

In closing, if you're interested in learning more about intermittent fasting before buying this book, head over to the following websites for everything you would ever need to know. If after that time you still want this book, then go ahead and order it.

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177 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 2 2013
By Austin - Published on
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After seeing some of the strange negative reviews on here I had to add my 2 cents! This is a great program that works. If you commit you will lose weight and you will feel better. If you decide to go with this diet approach please know the first couple days are kind of tough but once you get over that hurdle this approach is actually very liberating (no more worrying about points, carbs, fats, calories, magical food combinations...etc etc etc). I took the time to give this a good review because the negative reviews all seem to be sketchy advertisements for similar diet approaches (notice they all suspiciously point to the same website). Don't let the negative "reviews" frighten you. This is a solid program that will work. Of course this concept is nothing new but when you think about it pretty much every "new" diet is a reincarnation of a diet that is already in existence. This book presents the concept of intermittent fasting in clear and concise way and does a great job backing up the concepts in this book with research.
121 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Fit For Me Jan. 22 2013
By T. Brannen - Published on
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I have a general history of exercising and eating well. I have a great personal knowledge of fitness and nutrition. Since having kids and being a stay-at-home mom, I've had a hard time sticking with an exercise plan and healthy eating. I've found myself in the cycle of being stressed out and tired, so I sit around all day and eat and read when I have a minute to spare. This in turn makes me tired, sluggish, and more stressed out.

My personal diet history since having kids has been cutting calories and exercising more. Pretty standard. I have a problem sticking to a restricted calorie diet. I get hungry, dizzy, cranky and eventually just cave in and give up because I feel so guilty for my indulgences.

I have been a lifelong breakfast eater and would be the first one to preach the breakfast gospel. I have to say that through process of elimination, I had begun to cut back on my breakfast and delay it just because I found that no matter what, how much, or when I ate I would ultimately eat the same amount the remainder of the day. This was a logical way to cut calories. It never occurred to me to skip breakfast because we all know that it is WRONG.

This book is loaded with legitimate scientific and clinical studies. I thought I'd give it a try. The premise of the book is that you have 8 hours to eat "whatever you want" (provided you cover the 8 power foods), then fast for 16 hours. You should get 8 minutes a day of cardio before you eat. If you do this a minimum of 3 days a week, it is supposed to produce results.

I took the plunge. Skipping, or really DELAYING breakfast is much easier than I ever would have dreamed. I get up at 6, have 2 cups of coffee, and 2 glasses of water. After getting everyone ready for school and work, I squeeze out my 8 minutes of cardio. I eat breakfast at 11. I eat my last meal at 7.
I find that if you work in the power 8 and eat in the time confines, it really is easy. I focus on healthy foods and drink my 8 glasses of water a day. I find I don't have time to overeat, because I am pretty much always full from my meals. After 7, if I feel a craving, I have a cup of tea.

In full disclosure, I have been monitoring my calories (between 1200 and 1700) and cutting out all processed foods. I have been including raw foods, juicing, and smoothies. I eat meat, cookies and have an occasional drink-- I haven't been a COMPLETE martyr. :) I have been trying to do this 7 days a week. I haven't managed to get in more than a few very moderate workouts aside from my 8 min. of cardio. Once I found my groove (in the second week) I lost 4 lbs and 1% body fat. That was all in just one week. This is the best result I've had in a year with my other diet attempts. I feel FANTASTIC. I have great energy, I'm in a great mood, and I don't have cravings. I'm sticking with this. ABSOLUTELY.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Diet for Life! May 13 2013
By Jon - Published on
I first read the 8 hour diet in Men's Health Magazine then bought the book. In 4 months I have lost 40 pounds. I exercise and eat sensibly but nothing in the extreme. Weight loss has been steady. It is easy to adjust to fit my schedule. I believe at this point it is a way of life that I intend to follow.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving it a chance Jan. 14 2013
By Blue Topaz - Published on
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I started this on 12/28/12. I normally don't eat breakfast anyway and never liked the mainstream pushing it as a "have to" thing to be thinner. I have force-eaten breakfast and was hungier at lunch than by skipping it all together. I knew that didn't work and why the extra calories if I didn't need it? I am more of a back-end eater... I happen to feel more satisfied eating my 1st meal around 12:00 - 1:00 and having a early evening snack before I go to bed. This diet fits the bill. Most days my 8 hours are 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. I'm happily surprised having lost 1 lb in a week's time. Especially since I've been low carbing for 10 years now with no losses in the past 3 years, thanks to peri-meno hormones grandstanding my weight loss efforts.

I like the way the book was written and my personal opinion is he is being too optmistic about only "having" to do it 3 days a week. Maybe for some that is the case but for a seasoned dieter, I have my doubts. I upped the ante and do it every day with the "8 Power Foods" which can be done easily with normal staples at home. For the most part, it doesn't feel like a diet but more like eating balanced foods, a little treat here and there and in a time-frame that isn't all day long. During the fasting period, I have more energy and (time) since I'm not prepping food constantly.

What I do take exception is his comments about Atkins just having his followers eating just meat and cheese. That simply is not true. Even in Dr. Atkins strictist version (1st 1972 book), he wants you to eat 2 small salads daily during the 1 week induction. Then adding more and more veggies along the way as well as low glycemic fruits and nuts to find the right carb level for you.

Other than that misinformation, I"m giving this a chance and will update this review as time evolves. These detractors from leangains etc. are neglecting to note that this author has made the 8 Superpower Foods part of his signature and is not like exactly what the "others" have out there. There are different versions of Intermittant Fasting - let them all write a book!

Good luck to all those that are trying this plan!

Update 1-18-13: Ran this diet by my Primary Care Doctor today. He is applauding The 8 Hour Diet with the "8 Power Foods" INCLUDED. He said that's what you SHOULD be eating and it leaves little hungry and time for a lot of junk foods. If I ate just what I wanted to eat, I would not be noticing my tummy shrinking and losing a jean size in 2 weeks time. I have more energy in the morning these days as well to do the 8 minutes of exercise.

Update 2-19-13: I've been losing a lb a week which I very pleased with. Though he doesn't make you count calories or portions, I do anyway in a casual way - no computerized calorie counters just a guesstimate ballpark in my head. At my hormonal age, this is a must for me. People, give this a 1-2 mo go before you judge and move on to yet another diet. It takes time for a body to adjust.
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