Scientists say, Time-restricted Feeding Helps Shed Body Fat

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Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham discovered that early time-restricted feeding helps in losing weight, according to a study published in Science Daily on January 6, 2017.

People who ate after prolonged periods of time, reported to have better fat burning patterns, than those who ate at regular intervals. People eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and do not eat again until breakfast the next morning. The findings were unveiled during a presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at Obesity Week 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss,” said Courtney Peterson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB. “We found that eating between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. followed by an 18-hour daily fast kept appetite levels more even throughout the day, in comparison to eating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., which is what the average American does.”

This research, suggests that eating a very early dinner, or even skipping dinner, may have some benefits for losing weight.

The human body has an internal clock, and many aspects of metabolism are at their optimal functioning in the morning. Therefore, eating in alignment with the body’s circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health. Following this, helped rodents reduce weight, in turn, reduce risk of chronic diseases.

Researchers found that, although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night. It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body’s ability to switch between burning carbs and burning fats.

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