Fat Loss for Women

Top Benefits of Early Time-Restricted Feeding

A recent study examines the fat-loss benefits of this meal-timing strategy.

Meal-timing strategies appear to help with weight loss, and researchers agree that coordinating meals with your natural circadian rhythm can lead to improved metabolic health. But it appears that a strategy called early time-restricted feeding, which offers a shorter window of time in which to consume your meals — for instance 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — also helps reduce appetite and boost fat loss, according to a report published in the journal Obesity

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The hormone ghrelin was lower in the morning and in the evening with study participants who followed the early time-restricted feeding schedule, resulting in a reduced desire to eat. They also burned more fat during a 24-hour period than those on a traditional intermittent-fasting plan. Researches do warn, however, that athletes and very active people may have a difficult time with this kind of super-restrictive plan, so assess your schedule and your lifestyle to determine whether it is right for you.