Should You Combine Time-Restricted Eating and Exercise?

A new study has found that time-restricted eating and high intensity exercise can work together to improve health and help people achieve fat loss. Time-restricted eating, also known as intermittent fasting, involves limiting the hours for eating to a specific number of hours each day. 

The research published in the PLOS ONE Journal found that, when combined, time-restricted eating and high intensity exercise could contribute to weight loss and improve markers of cardiometabolic health, including cholesterol, blood glucose, and lipid levels.

How the study was conducted: 64 women with obesity were assigned to one of three groups: time-restricted eating (diet only), high intensity functional training (exercise only), or time-restricted eating plus high intensity functional training (diet + exercise). Participants ate only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, and those in the functional training groups worked out three days per week with an instructor. After 12 weeks, all three groups had achieved significant weight loss and body composition improvements. Favorable changes were also found in lipid and glucose levels.

Excerpted from Healthline

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