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Another Easy Way to Eat Less (or Less Frequently)


16 hours without food--easier than I thought it would be

If you want to lose weight/fat, the sad fact is that it will probably involve eating less. Many people I know make the mistake of throwing in too many things all at once, versus changing a habit and seeing how it goes. Today I want to give you something small to try if you’re in the mood to experiment.

I’m different in that I’m usually trying to gain weight, but I’m always trying to stay lean as well, so there’s some overlap with the weight loss goal. Okay, I’ll come clean: I did chub up a bit during the recent Easter candy season–too many Peeps and Creme Eggs.

Most of the time when someone says they want to lose weight, they’re talking about fat, not just a number on a scale.

Here’s what I’ve been trying lately which I’ve seen good results with.

Stop eating at 7 PM, then don’t eat again until 11 AM.

This is nothing revolutionary, but I’d never tried it. And there’s nothing magical about the times I chose, it’s just what works for my schedule. It gives me a window of 16 hours where I’m not stuffing food into my face. I’ve always been an eat-in-front-of-the-tv guy, and we almost always watch a show at night, so this took some getting used to, but not much.

During the eight hours when I’m eating, I’m not very careful. I eat enough so that I feel strong during my strength training, that’s about it. I’m not counting calories of grams of anything right now. I’m just going to stick to this window for a month and see what happens. Even if I gorge during those eight hours, I’d predict that over the course of a month my overall intake would still drop, just from a decrease in overall Hog Sessions.

Cut off eating a little sooner, and start a little later in the morning. Maybe you’ll hate it, maybe it will give you crappy results. It’s working well for me right now.


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  • Marc Ensign April 29, 2012, 4:49 am

    Good advice! I stopped eating by 7pm a long time ago and it’s definitely been a good move. I don’t feel so “blech” when I go to bed and feel lighter when I wake up. Waiting until 11am seems a bit long to hold out in the morning though, especially since I’m up by 6am. Shouldn’t you start eating sooner to kick off your metabolism in the morning?

  • Thomas May 3, 2012, 2:09 pm

    This post is screaming out for Leangains.com. What you are describing is currently being practiced by thousands and thousands of people around the world.

  • Noelle Morris May 23, 2012, 5:51 pm

    This may not be such a great idea, if you’re trying to eat healthfully. The results of a recent study (whose results are here: http://data.massivehealth.com/#infographic/when ) suggested that those who skip breakfast eat far less healthy foods, and in larger portion sizes, than those who do not. So yeah, if you wake up at 10 am, then eating at 11 might be fine. But if not, then you’re not doing yourself any favors by skipping breakfast.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 24, 2012, 7:52 am

      That hasn’t been my experience. Everyone who changes their eating has the responsibility to pay attention and see how things change, for better or worse.