Intermittent fasting has shown success in helping people lose weight, but some people can find it difficult to eat normally most days and then severely restrict their food intake other days. A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism offers an alternative — time-restricted eating.
Time-restricted eating allows you to eat the same every day, but you limit the time during which you can have food to a 10-hour window. So, if your first meal is at 8 a.m., your last calories for the day will need to be consumed by 6 p.m. For the next 14 hours, you fast.
The new study is small, following 19 people for three months. At the time of enrollment, all participants met three or more criteria for metabolic syndrome:
- Waist circumference of 102 cm (men) or 88 cm (women)
- Triglycerides of 150 mg/dL or higher (or on drug treatment for elevated triglycerides)
Excerpted from AJC