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Eight Hour Diet: Expert claims this is the key to weight loss

What time did you eat your dinner last night? Chances are it was at 7 or even 8 pm.

And what about your breakfast? If your days are long it is likely you grabbed a coffee or piece of toast pretty early in the day.

As the scientific evidence linking intermittent fasting to hormonal control and weight loss has grown, so too has interest in prolonged periods of time within each day that we actually do not eat, reports news.com.au.

Forget calorie counting or limiting your carbs, weight control may be as simple as eating fewer hours each day.

The 8 Hour Diet proposes that limiting your food intake to just eight hours of the day is an easy diet technique that supports weight control.

Here all calories and meals need to be consumed within just 8 hours of the day, for example, brunch at 10 am, lunch at 1 or 2 pm and your final meal of the day by 6 pm.

Here a number of calories or even fat consumed it not important, rather it is argued that our long days, in which food may be consumed across as many as 16 hours each day is one of the key reasons so many of us are struggling with our weight.

Indeed there are some physiological aspects of this argument that make sense. Prolonged periods of feeding, in which food is not only consumed relatively frequently, every few hours and across many hours of the day means that more insulin (the hormone that controls blood glucose levels) is released in an attempt to keep blood glucose levels stable.

There are a number of health benefits associated with not eating for a number of hours, from both a hormonal and weight perspective. Photo / Getty

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