I love to read about healthy living, and ways to lose weight. Some might call me obsessed (I know my husband would)! I have an absurd amount of healthy eating cookbooks, I follow many blogs, I wear a FitBit Surge (and participate in multiple challenges each week), I attend at least 1 Weight Watchers meeting a week (2 most weeks), and I have my own healthy eating blog. So, when I had the chance to review a new dieting book from a blog I follow, I jumped at the opportunity.
I was not sure what I was getting into reading “The 16 Hour Diet” by Ashley Barnes. Based on the name, I thought, it was probably going to put me on a liquid cleanse.
Boy was I wrong. “The 16 Hour Diet” introduced me to a concept that is popular with the weight lifting community – that with my healthy eating obsession I had never heard of – intermittent fasting.
Barnes isn’t promoting that you go without eating, or that you starve yourself. Her plan is an “eating schedule,” where you consume your day’s calories within an 8-hour window, and fast the rest. The time of “fasting” is to allow your body to have time to burn what you’ve eaten, dig into stored fat, and kick start hormones that will help you in your journey.
I was a little skeptical at first, but not only does Barnes presents a lot of scientific evidence to back up the benefits, but she also presents you with ways to “Turbo Charge” your weight loss efforts. Plus, she tops it off with some of her favorite recipes at the end of the book.
I usually start eating around 10 am, so to follow “The 16 Hour Diet,” all I have to do is stop eating at 6pm. Since I usually do all my snacking and mindless eating AFTER 6pm – it makes a lot of sense for me to give it a go.
Barnes developed the plan after her own extensive research, and through her own efforts of losing weight. She’s lost 50 pounds in the past 8 months (weight gained after baby #4) through the “The 16 Hour Diet.”
Barnes says, “I was able to find an effective way to lose weight fast, easy, and without changing my life. After following my new found ‘diet,’ I lost 68 pounds in about 6 months. Once I ‘cracked the code’ I immediately wanted to share this with others who I knew were going through the same struggles as me. This is how ‘The 16 Hour Diet’ was born.”
“The 16 Hour Diet” is something you can use in conjunction with other weight loss programs (like my favorite Weight Watchers). Barnes encourages you to eat healthy, and provides you with a calorie calculator to help you determine your own needs. In addition to her book, she offers life and fitness coaching.
To learn more about Ashely Barnes, “The 16 Hour Diet”, her mobile app and personal training packages, visit her online at: letsgetfitwithashleybarnes.com or on Facebook at: facebook.com/LetsGetFitWithAshleyBarnes