Trendy intermittent fasting really can improve energy levels, boost mood and reduce hunger pangs, according to a new study. Researchers found that only eating within a 10-hour window each day, then fasting for 14 hours, benefitted mood and sleep more than varying eating times from day to day. Intermittent fasting (IF), or restricting your food consumption to a set window, is a popular weight loss regime.
A 10-hour window means limiting your daily eating schedule to 10 hours and fasting for the remaining 14 hours. For example, if you first eat at 9 am, you must then finish eating by 7 pm. For the study, 37,545 people who use the ZOE Health app were asked to eat as normal for the first week and then eat within a ten-hour window for another two weeks.
Dr. Sarah Berry, of King’s College London and chief scientist at ZOE, said: “This is the largest study outside of a tightly controlled clinic to show that intermittent fasting can improve your health in a real-world setting. “What’s really exciting is that the findings show that you don’t have to be very restrictive to see positive results.
Excerpted from Islander News