In modern-day life, there is more awareness of how to stay fit and healthy. This is due to the prevalence of easy access to information regarding health. As a result, an average person is a minute away from knowing about new exercise or diet. Weight loss is also a common internet search.
As the problem of obesity is one the rise, knowing how to maintain and lose extra weight is important. Health professionals also recommend keeping an eye on factors like weight, body fat content and more.
While this is a good thing, people may end up doing not-so-good things for their health. This is because of the spread of false information and temporary, quick method for faster results. Consequently, a vast majority of people follow an extreme diet which shows drastic results.
However, most of such diets are harmful in the long run. There is medical literature present on many of the popular diets today. Unfortunately, many of the popular diets also endorsed by celebrities are harmful to health.
Therefore, it is better to rely on the methods and diets backed by science for healthy weight loss. There are new studies every day which highlight different ways of losing weight and improving health.
For example, a new study talks about the consumption of food earlier in the day for losing weight. The findings of the study appear in the journal obesity. Courtney M. Peterson is the lead author.
What Was the Research Method?
Since obesity is a global pandemic now, more studies are needed on strategies of weight loss. Previous research on weight loss shows it is not only the diet that matters.
While one needs to maintain a healthy diet, there are also other important factors. This includes exercise as well as the timings of the meals. The new study focuses on the later.
In fact, this study is the first randomized trial to look at the effects of meal timing on weight. To do so, the researchers recruited around eleven participants. All of them were had overall good health but were also overweight.
These participants were then further divided into two groups. The experimental group had six participants while the control group had five.
The difference between both was that the first followed an early time-restricted schedule. The second group ate at the usual timings. Three meals were given to each of the groups. There was no variation in meals.
The restricted group could only eat between 8 am to 2 pm. So, they had their last meal at 2 pm and then had to fast for around eighteen hours till breakfast the next day.
On the other hand, the second group had their breakfast at 8 am as well. However, their last meal was at 8 pm. Their fasting time before breakfast the next day was twelve hours.
The period of this experiment was four days. After that, the researchers checked the participants’ metabolic rate using different tests.
What Was the Result?
After going through different tests, the researchers did not see much of a difference in the metabolism of the groups. However, the important finding was that the first group had an improvement in appetite. They also had reduced levels of ghrelin – the hunger hormones.
In addition, the time-restriction also lead to higher fat burn. According to the researchers, this may be because the body starts burning fat instead of carbs if the last meal is at 2 pm.
However, they also state that one needs to be more cautious with these findings. More research is needed in the matter to know more about meal timings and weight loss.