Science just busted another dieting myth.
New research from China shows that time-restricted eating does not, in fact, help you lose weight. This weight-loss method involves fasting for some of the day and eating only during a certain window of time.
In the study, two groups of participants were given the same daily calorie restrictions, but one group only ate between 8am and 4pm. After a year, both groups lost between 14 and 18 pounds. The time-restricted group had no notable differences from the other group, except they missed out on cocktail hour.
It should be noted: time restrictions could be a good method for keeping that calorie count down, if that’s what you’re going for. Dr. David Katz, a specialist in preventive and lifestyle medicine and nutrition, told CNN: “Restricting time instead of calories does not contribute metabolic magic; rather, it is a form of discipline that helps to control calories.”
Past studies found that time restriction worked, but those were conducted in mice or in short human trials.
So, put that cream back in your coffee and eat dinner again! As a recent Intuitive Eating disciple, I just want everyone (including myself) to let the guilt go, trust yourselves and your bodies, and do what feels good.