Are There Benefits to Time-Restricted Eating?

Eating a later breakfast and an earlier dinner can reduce body fat, says a British study.

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD
Jan 15, 2019

Winning the battle of the bulge may mean going without food for just a little longer. A small, 10-week British study with 13 participants found that people who were required to delay their breakfast by 90 minutes and eat their dinner 90 minutes earlier than normal lost on average more than twice as much body fat as those in the control group, who ate their meals at their usual times. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition Science.

Participants could eat as much as they wanted of whatever they wanted, but only within a certain eating window. Those in the time-restricted feeding group ended up eating fewer calories overall, which likely explains the outcome. Larger studies are needed to determine if this method of fasting can bring about lasting weight loss and other health perks.

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Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

2 Comments

  1. Avatar SWALLIN on February 4, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Hmm, I thot brain needed 20 G protein w/in 20 min of arising?
    I try to eat before 7pm.
    I DO wonder which foods speed up metabolism.

  2. Avatar Joseph Morgan on March 17, 2020 at 5:52 am

    What is really interesting is all these studies in weight management generally focus on diet. With all the additional medicinal benefits that exercise provides, why are we not putting energy into exercise and weight management. I personally was raised with the manatra that one should not eat after 6:00 pm or withing 3-4 hours of bedtime. (makes sense in terms of fat gain). There is as much research showing the need for a timely breakfast to ensure blood sugars for attention span and ability to focus (for students and people at work) as there is showing the tendancy for weight loss. So we sacrifice attention and ablity to focus at work and in school in order to lose weight when adding a bit of exercise not only loses weight (or at least encourages weight management) but enhances body metabolism, body functions, reduces ageing process (that is slows down muscle loss, promotes endocrine health, enhances heart and pulmonary function et al, et al, et al.)

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