Weight Loss

Researchers from the University of Alabama-Birmingham have come up with the most effective method of losing weight. This method is early time-restricted feeding (eTRC) where there is no restriction on the type of food that you are eating, only the time of eating is restricted for a day.

Courtney Peterson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB stated “Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss”.

The researchers presented their work at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at Obesity Week 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana and explained that the smaller window of meal eating time reduces swings in hunger. The normal eating window pattern is 8 a.m to 8 p.m whereas this new one allows the food intake from 8 a.m to 2 p.m that is the last meal should be taken by mid-afternoon, giving the break of 18 hours when the next meal will be taken in breakfast of next morning.

For the study, a group of men and women with excess weight were made to follow this diet pattern for four days, for the next four days the regular pattern was followed and the results were observed. The eTRC method was seen to burn fat for a longer period of time, also the metabolic flexibility was seen to improve which is the ability of one’s body of switching between burning carbohydrates and burning fats.

Peterson, one of the researchers involved in the study said “Whether early time-restricted feeding helps with long-term weight loss or improves other aspects of health is still unknown. Because the study involved only a small number of participants, a larger, more comprehensive study will need to take place to confirm the finding”.

It is most beneficial for the ones who cannot resist having products that increase weight but can stay without food for a long time. During the time period of 8 a.m to 2 p.m you can eat whatever you want to but have to give a longer break to your stomach for the fat burning process. The calorie burning, however, does not get affected by eTRC. This potential weight loss method though has not been tested on humans on a long run and the effect of it on our health is yet to be found, but the results are expected to be positive as the test on rodents shows the continuation of the fat burning process with no side effects.

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