Eat only between 10 o'clock in the morning and 6 o'clock in the evening, and lose weight effortlessly
Eat whatever you want and, but only eat during a limited part of the day. Using this principle, obese indivualss can lose weight with relatively little effort. Nutritional scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago report this in Nutrition and Healthy Aging.
The researchers experimented for 12 weeks with 2 groups of two dozen obese adults. The control group did not change its dietary pattern, but the experimental group were only allowed to eat between 10 o'clock in the morning and after 6 o'clock in the evening.
The control group ate from half past nine in the morning until half past eight in the evening.
Althought the subjects in the experimental group were allowed to eat as much as they wanted in the 8 hours they could eat, nevertheless reduced their energy intake by 20 percent. That amounted to 341 kilocalories per day.
The effect of the reduced energy intake due to the intermittent fasting dietary pattern was - of course - weight loss. The subjects lost about 2 kilos.
The lean body mass of the subjects did not change.
"In summary, these findings suggest that 8-h time restricted feeding produces mild caloric restriction and weight loss in obese adults, without intentional calorie counting", the researchers summarize.
"These preliminary data offer promise for the use of time restricted feeding as a weight loss technique in obese adults, but longer-term, larger-scale randomized controlled trials will be required before solid conclusions can be reached."
Nutrition and Healthy Aging 4 (2018) 345-53.
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