There is a common belief that eating meals earlier in the day, or eating at certain times can affect weight loss, but a new study shows otherwise.While weight loss – where you eat between two specified hours per day – has become more common, it has no effect on your ability to shed weight.
In the research to be presented at the American Heart Association Science Sessions 2020, 41 overweight adults were examined.
Of the participants, 21 subjects were asked to eat according to a time constraints pattern, who ate at certain times and finished nearly all of the food before 1pm.
The other 20 people ate at normal times within 12 hours, eating half of their daily calories after 5 pm for 12 weeks.
Regardless of when the adults consumed, both groups lost weight.
Study author Nisa M. said. Maruthur, assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology, and nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore: “We’ve been wondering for a long time whether eating during the day affects the way the body uses and stores energy.”
“Most of the previous studies did not control the number of calories, so it was not clear if people who ate earlier consumed fewer calories. In this study, the only thing we changed was the time of eating in the day,” she added.
She continued: “Therefore, to lose weight, you do not need to cover your main meal at breakfast and only eat salad for dinner.”
“The research may show that intermittent fasting works because of a placebo effect, or because it gives dieters greater control over calories,” she explained.
On the 5: 2 diet, lean people only eat 500 calories a day on two days out of seven. While on the 16: 8 diet, they eat within eight hours.
Proponents of the diet say it can lead to hormonal changes in the body that aid weight loss.