For many of us, the concept of skipping a meal as important as dinner sounds like blasphemy. However, there is some logic in the idea. According to some research carried out recently, eating during smaller timeframes during the day can be better for us with regards to losing weight.
Skipping an evening meal in favor of eating earlier on in the day is supposedly the way to go if you wish to start eating less and gaining less weight.
Indeed, it was found that those who ate during the day while fasting at evening would be able to burn off more fat. However, one interesting argument against this is that whilst fat burning increased at night, it did not increase overall. Therefore, some are calling this ‘revelation’ out for just being another fad lifestyle idea to try out. So, who is right?
Still Studying This
There’s not really any way to say at the moment. Even the lead author of the study, Courtney Petersen, was clear that there was no guaranteed correlation. In an e-mail response to popular medical site Medical Daily, she said: “We will need to do a larger study to find out for certain whether or not [time-restricted feeding] improves fat burning.”
The one thing that has been shown in these results, though, is that the 18-hour fasting that people are taking on was not increasing hunger ratings. The old belief is that fasting during such long-term periods would make us hungrier, but this appears to fly in the face of that particular piece of evidence.
Human research is still ongoing, though, so it’s hard to say at the moment if this system is going to be one that you should look to follow. For now, though, it’s going to be interesting to see how this progresses. If it turns out to be correct, then we could find that time-restricted eating might help us to lose weight as time goes on.
For now, though, the aim is to show that things like overall food intake will be reduced meaning that we are going to be taking in less food, spending less money on food and giving our bodies less work to do.
The main argument, though, is whether this is the kind of lifestyle change that we could make and benefit from long-term. While there is no clear answer yet, and more studies are required, it’s certainly an interesting way of looking at the subject.
If you are pregnant, though, it’s recommended that you do not try something like this just yet.