11 Ways The '8-Hour Diet' Changed My Life

11 Ways The '8-Hour Diet' Changed My Life

A "diet" that doesn't involve dieting? Sign me up!

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I learned about the 8-Hour Diet (aka "16/8 Fasting") after hearing about some of the amazing benefits from a friend. The part that really sold me on this "diet" was that it's not a diet at all! It's more of a lifestyle choice (which sounds totally cliche, but it's totally true).

The "diet" involves selecting an eight-hour period of the day in which you are allowed to eat and then fasting (no eating and only drinking water) for the other 16 hours. This may sound difficult but think about it — if you're getting eight hours of sleep per day (which you should be), that means just eight waking hours of fasting. If you're like me and skip breakfast often, this might sound similar to what you already do BUT I can't believe the differences I'm noticing just by being a little more strict with my eating schedule.

Here comes the best part — I don't have to limit what I eat and how much I eat as long as I stick to eating within I selected 8-hour window. That means all of the pasta, burritos, cookies, and lattes I could ever dream of. I feel like there's definitely bonus points for the days that I'm committed enough to actually "diet" during my eating window, but it totally isn't required.

Here are 11 ways the 8-Hour Diet changed my life!

1. I have more energy.

I honestly don't know the science behind it but ever since I've been on the 8-Hour Diet, I've had so much more energy.

2. I drink more water.

Whenever I start to feel hungry during my fasting period, I drink water. Sometimes when we feel hungry, we are really just dehydrated. I almost always feel better after drinking some water.

3. I appreciate my food more.

Before this "diet," sometimes I would eat just because I was bored. I didn't always appreciate and enjoy the food that I was eating. Now that I only eat within an eight-hour window, I really appreciate my food on a deeper level.

4. I lost weight.

My goal in trying this "diet" was NOT to lose weight. However, I have certainly noticed my pants getting a little looser these days. It really is just an added perk.

5. I don't snack just because I'm bored.

Bored snacking is the worst because it always ends with regret, guilt and an uncomfortable overstuffed feeling. Now that I can't eat after a certain time, I don't have that option to snack. Instead, I drink water, which is even more fulfilling!

6. I can still eat my favorite foods...

I love that I don't have to give up some of my favorite foods (pasta, pizza, cheese (I'm obviously Italian)) for this "diet." I'm noticing the benefits of a typical diet without limiting myself.

7. ...but I also feel motivated to eat things that are good for me more often.

Even though I can still eat my favorite carb-packed foods, this "diet" has motivated me to challenge myself even further and eat some of my favorite healthy foods more often. It magnifies the benefits!

8. My digestive system loves me.

My digestive system has been SO happy ever since I've been on this "diet." It's so much easier for my body to not have to worry about constantly digesting food. Talk about self-love!

9. I can sleep better.

Speaking of digesting food, we've all heard that it's not good to eat right before bed. I usually set my eating time from noon to 8 p.m. so my body is done working by the time I go to sleep around 11 p.m. which equals better sleep!

10. I spend less money.

This is another benefit that I wasn't necessarily looking for but it's certainly nice. I find myself spending less money on food and morning coffee when I can only eat within an eight-hour period.

11. I am happier!

All of the benefits mentioned above have made me a happier person overall. Just as with any "diet," everyone is different and it is important to find what works for YOU. However, I would encourage anyone to give this "diet" a try.

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5 Reasons You Should Keep Eating Avocados

Not only aesthetically pleasing, but also delicious.

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In the past couple of years, there has been a growing craze and fascination with avocados. While we have had avocados around for a long time until recently more and more people have been adding this to their list of favorite foods. Personally, when I was younger I could not stand the taste of it. Now that I am older I don't know what has changed in me but avocados always sound good to me. When eating out, I find myself looking at the menu to see what items include avocados. Or when I'm at home, it's so quick and easy to turn it into a yummy snack. There are so many benefits to eating this but here are some I will lay out to you.

1. Rich in nutrients.

Generally, one avocado is around 60-70 calories and has around 6 grams of fat. While it is a small snack, it can fill you up for the time being and there are many vitamins in this like vitamins C, B, K, and B-6.

2. Can improve your digestion.

An avocado pretty actually high in fiber with approximately 6-7 grams per half fruit.

3. Can detoxify your body.

While it can promote bowel movements this helps in getting rid of inflammation and ultimately getting rid of toxins that need to be removed.

4. Can improve your eyesight.

Like carrots, avocados can help with improving eyesight. They are filled with lutein and zeaxanthin which are two phytochemicals that are especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes where they provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage from things such as U.V. rays.

5. Can lead to healthy pregnancies.

Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit. Folate is necessary for healthy pregnancies and will lessen the chance of possible miscarriages.

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Save Some Calories And Order These Drinks At Starbucks

A few simple modifications to make your favorite drink healthier!

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Everybody knows that a delicious morning coffee is a must, at least once in a while, right? Personally, I have a latte Friday tradition going for myself. I wake up every Friday, squeeze in my morning workout, grab breakfast, and hit the nearest coffee shop on the way to wherever I'm headed that particular day for a little end of the week treat. There is nothing wrong with treating ourselves once in a while, but most of us are also aware (especially now that calorie counts are posted on menu boards) that even a simple morning latte can rack up more calories than your breakfast itself.

The first problem with this is, unlike a hearty breakfast, your coffee calories are mostly sugar and therefore they are absolutely useless for anything except for guaranteeing a sugar crash later on in the day. Second of all, the extra calories are completely unnecessary as there are dozens and dozens of simple swaps that will transform your cup of sugar into a (still delicious) somewhat reasonably healthy, morning pick me up. So why wouldn't you make the change?

Here, I'll get you started.

All caloric values listed are estimates that may vary slightly based on flavor and chosen modifications. Calories listed are those of the most modified form described.

For The Latte Drinker:

Lattes are a fairly easy fix. First and foremost, switch your milk base. Lattes come with 2% milk when ordered regularly. To cut down on calories ask for a lighter milk like skim. If you are a non-dairy drinker, skip the soy milk and ask for almond or coconut milk which are the lightest two of your non-dairy options. A second easy fix is asking for sugar-free syrup which will majorly reduce your carb intake as well as overall calories. If you are against calorie-free sweeteners or just want a more mild drink, try asking for half the amount of syrup.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 250 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 80-120 k cal

For The Cappuccino Drinker:

Easy, easy fix here. Cappuccinos, like lattes, come with 2% milk. Save some calories by switching to skim, or if you're dairy free, ask for almond milk (opposed to soy) to cut calories down to the minimum. If you get flavors in your cappuccino try asking for sugar-free syrup, or simply asking for half the amount of sweetness.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 120 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 80-100 k cal

For The Macchiato Drinker:

So a macchiato, essentially, is similar to a latte (milk base with espresso and flavoring), only heavier due to the added heavy cream, dry milk, drizzle syrup, and butter. And yes, I did say butter. There is butter in your morning coffee if you are drinking a macchiato from Starbucks. As far as making healthy adjustments, I would suggest opting for a lighter milk base like skim or almond milk. I would also ask for sugar-free syrup rather than regular, and even ask for it half sweet as I will continue to suggest with multiple drinks. You may also opt to pass on the drizzle syrup over the top.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 250 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 120 k cal

For The Mocha Drinker:

I'm not going to lie, mocha's hurt me a little bit. These are tricky drinks as, although I'm sure they're delicious, they are essentially sugar bombs. Racking up a whopping 430 calories, a cafe mocha is made up of 2% milk, "mocha sauce", espresso, sugar syrup, and to top it off, a big blob of whipped cream. I'm not here to pass any judgments, but if you're drinking these things on a regular basis, I am glad you're reading this article. Not because you don't deserve it, but because I care about your health. So let's get started. First off, skip the whipped cream. Just skip it. Try skim or almond milk instead of 2%. Ask for a sugar-free vanilla syrup in place of the regular. You can also ask for it half sweet. As far as the "mocha sauce" I suppose this is what gives you the taste you love. Try asking for half of the amount of sauce. If you hate it you can always switch back, but give it a shot.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 430 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 200 – 230 k cal

For The Frappuccino Drinker:

Depending on the flavor, a small Frappuccino can rack up to 500 calories into your system. Not healthy ones either. Guys, like I mentioned with the mocha drinks, I hope these aren't something you're drinking on the regular. Everything in moderation, but I care about your health and well being too much to not warn you against these frozen cups of cholesterol. That was harsh, but its the truth. With too many syrups and various sauces blended into ice and whipped cream to count, it's easier to just switch out your Frappuccino entirely for a blended iced coffee. Order a "Light Frappuccino Blended Coffee" to curb your frozen beverage craving for about 1/4 of the calories and sugar.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 500 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 110 k cal

For The Shaken Tea Drinkers:

Obviously, there are dozens of varieties of tea drinks at Starbucks, whether it be shaken, infused, sweetened, etc. The healthiest way to order Starbucks iced teas is plain and unsweetened. If you need a little more sweet to be satisfied, try asking for their calorie-free sweetener (they use stevia) and or just having them add half of the amount of regular syrup as usual. Try to avoid the lemonade teas, as the lemonade added is just cane sugar, flavoring, and citric acid.

Calories in regular 16 oz: 70 k cal

Calories in modified 16 oz: 0 k cal

Completely Calorie Free Options:

  1. Iced or regular Americano with sugar-free syrup, no cream.
  2. Shaken tea with stevia sweetener.
  3. Black cold brew or black iced coffee.

My Go-To Drink:

My personal go-to drink is an Americano (iced or hot depending on the weather and time of year) with a splash of coconut milk. If I am having a sweet craving, I'll add two pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup.

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