Guess who got a little reality check this week?
Don't you hate that?
Especially when the reality check involves stepping on the bathroom scale for the first time in months and discovering
my fat cells have multiplied like Duggars I somehow gained 10 lbs over the holiday season. Say what?? I didn't realize I was storing quite so much...er...extra junk in my trunk. And now that I know, I can't exactly un-know. So clearly I was going to need a diet of some sort. Dammit.
Coincidentally, right about the time I was mulling over my chubby-woes I happened across an article in Women's Health about the 8-Hour Diet. I was immediately intrigued (who wouldn't be with a name like that?!) and downloaded the eBook for my Kindle. Basically, to keep it short and sweet, 8 Hour Diet is about the concept of intermittent fasting. There are a few ways you can go about something like that, but the book's author David Zinczenko recommends limiting your eating to 8 hours a day, fasting the other 16, and doing this at least 3 days a week. Intermittent fasting is supposed to give you all kinds of health benefits like lowering your risk of diabetes by regulating insulin levels, increasing energy and mental alertness and -most importantly, hello!- burning tons of fat. Now, I have to admit I'm pretty skeptical about anything that seems like a weird, fringy, fad diet but this book sites enough research by the National Institute of Health and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies that I was convinced of the legit-ness and decided to give it a try.
For week 1, I actually found it super easy to move all my meals into the 8 hour window. I was kind of shocked at how much better I felt just by skipping breakfast and not pigging out in the middle of the night after work. My cravings for sweets went way down, I had more energy, and I didn't notice any of the insulin spikes and drops I usually deal with throughout the day. So that was awesome.
Buuut, here's where I ran into a little bit of a problem and got reality check #2: Zinczenko claims several times in his book that you can eat whatever you want during your 8 hour period and you will still lose weight. So of course I was like, what? I can eat 3 bowls of Fruity Pebbles for lunch and lose weight?? Finally! But no. I'm calling bullshit on that one. Because I went on the 8 Hour Diet and I gained a damned pound. Fruity Pebbles do not equal weight loss. Even if you eat them for lunch instead of breakfast.
So this week I'll be continuing my 8-Hour Diet adventure with some modifications. Like no more sugared cereal. And no more bread binges. I have a feeling that if I combine intermittent fasting with actual healthy eating I'll be on track to getting rid of that cookie-party on my backside. We'll see how it goes!
Have you tried any special diets? What works for you?