The Truth About Time-Restricted Eating: No Benefit Seen in Weight Loss

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In the never-ending battle to lose weight, many people have turned to time-restricted eating. This involves eating all of your daily calories within a certain number of hours each day. Proponents of this diet claim that it leads to weight loss, but a recent study has found that there is no benefit to time-restricted eating when it comes to weight loss.

Researchers found that time-restricted eating is no more effective than traditional calorie restriction when it comes to weight loss. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at a group of obese patients and found that those who restricted their eating to a certain number of hours per day did not see any greater reduction in body weight or fat than those who simply limited their daily intake.

However, the study did find that time-restricted eating may offer some benefits when it comes to metabolic risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. While more research is needed to confirm these findings, the study provides valuable insight into the debate over which method of weight loss is more effective.

The researchers enrolled 139 participants who were randomly assigned to either a time-restricted eating group or a control group. Both groups were instructed to follow a calorie-restricted diet for 12 months. The primary outcome of the study was the difference in body weight between the two groups at the end of the 12-month period.

The researchers found that weight loss was not significantly different in the two groups who each restricted food intake for 12 months. The mean reduction from baseline at one year was 8kg (95% CI -9 to 6), which is similar whether it’s imposed by time or calories; however, there were some notable differences between modes of operation when looking closely into certain metrics like waist circumference and blood pressure level change over this period.

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The year-long study found that there was no significant difference in weight loss between the two groups. While time-restricted eating didn’t seem to have any benefits in terms of weight loss, it’s possible that it could help with other metabolic risk factors. If you’re looking to lose weight, traditional calorie restriction is still your best bet for now.

For more information on the study and its results, be sure to check out ClinicalTrials.gov.

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