Time-restricted eating, also known as intermittent fasting, has been shown to aid individuals with Type 2 diabetes in weight loss and blood sugar control according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open from researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Participants who ate only during an eight-hour window between noon and 8 p.m. each day actually lost more weight over six months than participants who were instructed to reduce their calorie intake by 25%. Both groups had similar reductions in long-term blood sugar levels, as measured by a test of hemoglobin A1C, which shows blood sugar levels over the past three months.
Study Design and Results: The study was conducted at UIC and enrolled 75 participants into three groups: those who followed the time-restricted eating rules, those who reduced calories, and a control group. Participants’ weight, waist circumference, blood sugar levels, and other health indicators were measured over the course of six months.
Excerpted from Sci Tech Daily