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The Eight Hour Weight Loss Diet

Losing weight for the long-term may not be just about eating healthy and counting calories. Recent research shows that what time you eat may be just as important as what you eat.

The debate over whether or not eating late night snacks contributes to weight gain has been going on for years now. Many seem to think this idea is a myth and putting a padlock on your fridge after dark isnít necessary, as long as you donít overeat lots of high calorie foods.

But that may not be true. Think about it, whatís the natural thing to do?

A hundred years ago, before electric lights were invented, people didnít sit around late at night watching TV or surfing the internet. And they certainly werenít stuffing their faces at all hours of the night with chips, cookies or ice cream. After the sun went down, people went to bed.

What Does Time Have to Do With Weight Loss?

Could losing weight be as simple as eliminating that late night snacks and limiting your meals and nibbling to an eight hour period of time Ė say like 9:00 to 5:00 or 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM? Based on studies done at the Salk Institute, researchers believe this very well might be true.

In their recent research the scientists discovered that managing the timing of a personís meals may control obesity, while helping to prevent high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

Even though the Salk research was done on mice, it was pretty impressive. The study showed that mice fed a high-fat, high-calorie diet over a period of eight hours were slimmer and healthier than mice fed the same diet with the same number of calories over a twenty-four hour day.

They also observed obese mice that were put on the exact same high fat, high calorie diets.

When these mice were limited to an eight-hour eating time as opposed to unlimited time, they lost about 5% of body weight in just a few weeks, plus they had the same health results.

The researchers also found that it didnít really matter what kind of diet the mice were fed. No matter whether they ate an average diet or a high-fat, high-carb diet or whether they were obese to start or not, restricting meal times always resulted in weight loss and better health.

So What Should You Do to Lose Weight and Be Fit?

It looks as if losing weight may not be just about calories consumed vs. calories burned. Metabolism is complex and the process involved may work differently at different times of day.

Of course, they want to do more research using human trials; but, in the meantime, why not try your own ď8 Hour DietĒ experiment. Limit the time of your meals to 8 hours for a couple of weeks and see what results you get. What have you got to lose? Just a few pounds, right?

Including the 8 hour diet here are 7 Easy Ways to Get Your Weight Loss Diet to Work.

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