Eating early may help you lose weight, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.
Time-restricted diets and intermittent fasting have become popular in the recent years, but until now, a study has not been done to explain why these type of diets help burn fat and increase weight loss.
This new study found that eating all of your meals during the morning and early afternoon help curb appetite and promote fat burning.
Eating early may help you lose weight
For the study, 11 participants who were overweight were chosen to try two meal-timing schedules for four days. The type and amounts of foods were the same for all participants. The researchers found that the group who ate between 8am and 2pm did not burn more calories but their appetite appeared to be reduced.
“What we found is that the hunger hormone, ghrelin, was lower in the morning and tended to be lower in the evening [when people followed the early time-restricted feeding schedule],” Peterson said.
Although more research is necessary, these findings say that changing mealtimes could help reduce appetite and aid weight loss.
A larger eating window may be more sustainable for weight loss
The researchers suggest that it may be easier for people to follow a larger eating window than the one specified in the study. I can agree that fasting for 18 hours is very difficult. I am used to eating every few hours so fasting for that long will make my weight loss harder.
This is not for everyone
Individuals such as athletes or people with health conditions may not find these meal-timing schedules suitable. I understand there are certain situations where you have to eat more often and doing otherwise would be an unhealthy approach. In that case, this approach should be avoided.
Seek professional help
Before you go on any extreme diet changes, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or registered dietician. It is important to be aware of all the changes that come with intermittent fasting and to make sure it is right for you. If eating early in the day and then fasting for the rest of the day is not for you, then you can try eating more frequent small meals to support weight loss.
Source: Cruickshank, H. “Eating All of Your Meals Early in the Day Might Help You Lose Weight” www.healthline.com July 26,2019
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