If you’ve had little success with other diets, you might lose weight simply by timing your meals differently. Would you believe you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight, just as long as you keep your meals within certain hours? Timed eating is a real weight-loss tool, and we can explain how it works.
You may be able to lose weight by only eating between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The best part? You don’t have to keep track of your calories. This type of eating pattern, a type of intermittent fasting, tends to reduce caloric intake without effort. It can also induce short bouts of ketosis, which forces the body to burn its fat stores for energy. See more below on how timed eating may be the key to sustainable weight loss.
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Types of Timed Eating
Researchers have studied two main approaches to timed eating. The first entails alternating 24-hour periods of eating whatever you want with 24-hour periods of fasting. This approach tends to have a high dropout rate. The second allows you to eat whatever you want for 8 hours, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., fasting the remaining 16 hours. Considering the remaining hours include all the time you spend each night sleeping, it’s really not that restrictive.
One study has shown this daily, intermittent fasting is an effective weight loss strategy. It requires no calorie counting to work, just a willingness to restrict all caloric intake to a specific 8-hour window. People who follow this strategy tend to take in fewer overall calories, but that’s not the only reason these dieters are losing weight.
Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting may reduce cardiovascular risks in people who have heart disease and high cholesterol. Studies on mice have shown it can reduce inflammation and improve cognitive function. It also shows promise in improving blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Intermittent fasting can cause short bursts of ketosis, a normal metabolic function that’s safe for most people. Ketosis can be dangerous in people with diabetes, who are more likely to accumulate excessive ketones in their blood. This can lead to a potentially fatal condition called ketoacidosis. Symptoms include fruity-smelling breath, confusion, rapid breathing, frequent need to urinate, nausea and vomiting. People with health issues should talk to their doctors before starting any kind of fasting or ketogenic diet regimen.
Who has the energy and patience to count calories? Intermittent fasting could be the dieting trick you’ve been waiting for, with sustainable weight loss as easy as watching your clock. Give it a try and see what timed eating can do for you.
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