Should You Try Time-Restricted Eating? Here’s What Science Says

Should You Try Time-Restricted Eating? Here’s What Science Says

Time-restricted eating is an eating pattern that restricts you to eat during a certain window of time each day. The idea is that restricting your eating to certain hours each day helps you lose weight faster. But does it actually work?

According to new research, dozens of animal and human studies show that time-restricted eating can prevent and manage chronic metabolic diseases.

“Animal studies so far have shown that time-restricted eating affects many organs and even the gut microbiome in a beneficial way. Several pathways and molecules that are associated with metabolic diseases, such as prediabetes, diabetes, adiposity […], fatty liver disease, and certain cancers are modulated in a desirable way by time-restricted feeding,” said Prof. Satchidananda Panda.

The researchers, however, also require more thorough investigations to further show the favorable benefits that time-limited eating may have in humans and to establish the underlying processes.


Time-restricted diet

A time-restricted eating regimen is a simple and relatively easy way to lose weight. The diet involves eating most of your calories during a short period of your day, typically between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Traditionally, the afternoon portion has been restricted. The basic idea behind time-restricted eating is to eat mostly during a specific window of daytime hours, and forswear eating after 6:00 p.m.
The typical time-restricted eating regimen involves eating four or five small meals, rather than three large ones. First, you eat in the mid-morning, then you eat at lunchtime, then you eat at mid-afternoon, and then you eat just before you go to bed. Some time-restricted eating plans require you to fast for 12 hours each day. Others have you skipping breakfast altogether. There is evidence that time-restricted eating can help people lose weight


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