Created: 10 November 2016
Who doesn’t want to eat food and still lose weight? All of us want it! This new study suggests that eating dinner early or by mid-afternoon and if followed by an 18-hour daily fast or until breakfast the next morning can help you lose weight.
The new research exposed that eating a very early dinner, or even skipping dinner, can reduce your hunger pangs, and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help in losing weight.
"The study found that eating between 8.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. followed by an 18-hour daily fast kept appetite levels more even throughout the day, in comparison to eating between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m.," said lead author Courtney Peterson from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, US.
"Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss," Peterson added. The body has its on internal clock, and many aspects of metabolism are at their best functioning in the morning.
Therefore, eating according to the body's circadian clock by eating earlier in the day can absolutely influence health, explained the researchers.
The study showed that although the early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) strategy did not affect the amount of calories burnt by participants, it reduced daily hunger pangs and increased fat burning during several hours at night.
It also enhanced metabolic flexibility, which is the body's ability to switch between burning carbs and fats. Whether eTRF helps with weight loss or improves other aspects of health is still not known.
"These initial findings suggest for the first time in humans what we've seen in animal models -- that the timing of eating during the day does have an impact on our metabolism," said Dale Schoeller, Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, US.
The findings were presented at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at the ObesityWeek 2016 in Louisiana.