According to the book ’Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!’ we can eat whatever food we want and yet slim down. Authors David Zinczenko and Peter Moore claim it is not the food we eat that makes us fat,
but it’s the time we choose to eat. Staying up late is making us eat when we should not and the food we bring into our system cannot be processed, so it ends up in our belly and all the other wrong places.
This theory had been proven in laboratory and had been tested out on mice. Dr Satchidananda Panda, from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, says in the book: ‘My hypothesis is that staying up and eating late may be the cause [of diabetes].
The mice were divided into two groups and given the same high-calorie, high-fat diet. One first group of mice was fed whenever the time during the day and the second group was fed during the 8 hours period of day. The trial took place for 100 days and the results were amazing. The first group of mice gained weight.
Dr Panda explained the results:
In the simplest terms, the 8-Hour Diet is a way of extending the period between your last snack and your “breakfast,” giving your body the chance to burn away your fat stores for the energy it needs. And burn them it does.
However, this was not a new idea. In 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition had a similar clinical research and the results were similar to the ones from the book. There were two groups of people, both of the groups had the similar calories intake and the study proved the group that had their meals within 8 hours time ‘had a significant modification of body composition, including reductions in fat mass.’
How to conduct this diet?
Simply, restrict yourself to having meals within an 8 hours time frame, for example from 9 AM to 5 PM and eat whatever food you wish, and your organism will process the food you have while you are awake and physically active.
Our bodies are designed to burn calories and fats while we are active. By doing this, our metabolism speeds up, making all the food we eat into energy we need during the day.
By doing so, we can prevent some serious diseases such as diabetes, as well as heart and kidney disease.