The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear without Watching What You Eat!

by David Zinczenko

Rating: 2/5 stars

Pages 320

Date completed: January 29, 2016

This book has been on my shelf for too long. I put off reading it because I hate diet books. They generally have the same pattern: cite some studies that may or may not be completely relevant, share some anecdotes of how it worked on some people, a description of the plan and then 200 pages of filler. This one was no different.

The meat of the information in this book can be fit on an index card.

  1. Eat only 8 hours a day. For me this means not eating breakfast until 11am and not eating after 7pm.
  2. Eat at least one food from each of 8 categories everday.

    1. Lean meats (turkey, fish or eggs).
    2. Nuts (walnuts or almonds).
    3. Dairy (greek yogurt or milk).
    4. Beans or legumes.
    5. Berries.
    6. Fruits (Oranges or Apples).
    7. Leafy Greens (Spinach).
    8. Whole Grains (Quinoa or Oatmeal).
  3. Do a short workout routine first thing in the morning.
  4. Sleep a lot.
  5. Drink a lot of water and unsweetend hot drinks.

That is it. There are some decently interesting studies cited in the book that may or may not be relevant. I am going to give the diet a try and I will report back in a couple months to see how I am doing.

I can’t recommend reading this book. If you are interested in intermittent fasting, check out the different studies done123 and if they seem convincing to you follow the instructions I gave above. Everything else in the book is filler. Save your $6.

1. Caloric restriction in humans: potential pitfalls and health concerns.

2. Effects of Ramadan intermittent fasting on sports performance and training: a review.

3. Glucose tolerance and skeletal muscle gene expression in response to alternate day fasting.