Last week I challenged O to try a week on the 8:16 diet. He was a little hesitant at first, but was convinced when I told him, that it was for the sake of the blog.
The diet was first described by author David Zinczenko and editor-in-chief of Men’s Health Peter Moore and requires that you fast for 16 out of 24 hours a day.
For years we have been told that we should eat a lot of small meals during the day, but several experts are pro intermittent fasting for health reasons and believe that the body needs a break from food to heal itself. I don’t know about that, but I was pretty sure this test wouldn’t harm my body.
You can follow the 16:8 diet without restrictions, but if you want to lose weight it’s a good idea to consume less than 1,500 calories a day.
We didn’t count calories and ate whatever we felt like. We skipped breakfast and started eating around noon. That way it was possible to eat lunch with colleges and still have dinner together as a family.
Now for the results……
I lost 3.3 lb. and O lost 0.2 lb. I found the diet very easy to follow and wasn’t starving at any time. Actually my growling stomach caused me to have more energy than usually.
O: “I thought the diet was easy to follow as well, and didn’t find the fasting as bad as I imagined. However I became a bit stressed, when the end of the eating window was approaching and I felt like I needed to fill up before the fasting began. I think the psychological effect of not being allowed to eat for the next 16 hours, might actually have caused me to overeat, resulting in little or no weight loss. On the positive side I ate whatever I felt like and didn’t gain any weight.”
I celebrated my success with some kid approved Healthy Peanut Butter Balls. I used kidney beans instead of black beans, added a little extra refined sugar, some rum essence and rolled them in coconut flakes and they tasted pretty much just like Danish Rum Balls. Mmmmm
Have you tried the 16:8 and what is your experience?