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The 16:8 diet has been one of the most popular diet plans we’ve seen in years – and with good reason. If you found the 5:2 diet too hard, read on for an easier diet plan!

We’ve heard of the popular 5:2 diet; where you eat normally for 5 days out of 7 and then eat 500 calories on any 2 days of the week. While it’s proved effective for most who’ve tried it, there’s now a newer diet that’s even more simple – the 16:8 diet.

It’s an easier and more consistent way of fasting that avoids those 2 days of stomach growling hunger!

Sports Scientist Harry Aitken tells GoodtoKnow, “Intermittent fasting is a dietary technique in which all food is consumed within a relatively small window of time.

“Fasting is going for a significant period of time without eating, and intermittent fasting simply brings in a small window of time where you are able to eat.

“Intermittent fasting has been popularised by religious festivals such as Ramadan and Yom Kippur, where for religious regions people must fast during certain times. With studies confirming loss of bodyweight and fat.”

These studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have benefits on both your body and mental health, as well as being a very powerful tool for weight loss.

However, before starting on any major diet or exercise changes, it’s important to consult with your GP.

How does the 16:8 diet work?

The 16:8 diet works on an hourly basis. So each day you can eat within an 8 hour time frame and fast for the remaining 16 hours. The best part? You don’t have to restrict yourself to 500 calories at all – as long as you eat healthily in your 8 hour time frame, you’ll see the weight drop off.

Experts say that the 16.8 diet restricted schedule gives our bodies the chance to process the nutrients stored in foods and burns away calories. Plus, you won’t go hungry like you do on those two fasting days on the 5:2 either.

Tom Jenane, nutrition and fitness expert said, “The 16:8 diet is a brilliant form of intermittent fasting that has proven results in a number of cases.”

Even the celebs are getting involved. Hugh Jackman reportedly used the 16:8 diet to get in shape for his Wolverine films (it’s even been named The Wolverine Diet!) and Jennifer Love Hewitt is also said to be a fan.

Where does the 16:8 diet come from?

The diet stems from the book 8 Hour Diet by author David Zinczenko and editor-in-chief of Men’s Health Peter Moore, who suggest that a longer fasting time between eating gives the body the time it needs to process the food and burn away extra fat stores.

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