Weight loss diet tips, eat a late breakfast and early dinner to reduce body fat
Weight loss diet: If you wish to lose weight, you may want to delay breakfast by 90 minutes and have dinner 90 minutes earlier, finds this new study.Updated: Aug 30, 2018 11:09 IST
If you are aiming for weight loss, small changes in your breakfast and dinner times can help you. A 10-week study on ‘time-restricted feeding’ (a form of intermittent fasting), done by researchers led by Dr Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey, investigated the impact changing meal times on dietary intake, body composition and blood risk markers for diabetes and heart disease.
Participants were split into two groups — those who were required to delay their breakfast by 90 minutes and have their dinner 90 minutes earlier, and those who ate meals as they would normally. Participants were required to provide blood samples and complete diet diaries before and during the 10-week intervention and complete a feedback questionnaire immediately after the study.
Researchers found that those who changed their mealtimes lost on average more than twice as much body fat as those in the control group, who ate their meals as normal. If the pilot data can be repeated in larger studies, there is potential for time-restricted feeding to have broad health benefits. Although there were no restrictions on what participants could eat, researchers found that those who changed their mealtimes ate less food overall than the control group. As part of the study, researchers also examined if fasting diets are compatible with everyday life and long-term commitment.
Dr Jonathan Johnston, said, “Although this study is small, it has provided us with invaluable insight into how slight alterations to our meal times can have benefits to our bodies. Reduction in body fat lessens our chances of developing obesity and related diseases, so is vital in improving our overall health.” The full findings are present in the Journal of Nutritional Science.
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First Published: Aug 30, 2018 11:08 IST