Mealtime is an important part of improving our health. Several researchers have studied the subject for several years. For example, we know that mealtime is more critical for weight loss than calories, as is the state of mind that changes our food choices.
A new pilot study published on August 30, 2018 in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences indicates that minor changes to breakfast and dinner can reduce body fat. Indeed, changes in breakfast and dinner schedules can reduce body fat.
In a 10-week, time-limited feeding study, researchers at the University of Surrey (UK) investigated the impact of mealtime changes on diabetes and heart disease markers.
TIME AND BODY GREASE
Participants in this study were divided into two groups. Those who had to delay their breakfast 90 minutes and dinner 90 minutes earlier, and those who ate normally.
Participants were required to provide blood samples and complete feeding diaries before and during the 10-week intervention and to complete a feedback questionnaire immediately after the study.
Unlike previous studies in this area, participants were not required to follow a strict diet and could eat freely, provided they were in a certain window. This helped the researchers determine if this type of diet was easy to follow in everyday life.
A LOSS OF TWICE MORE BODILY GREASE
The researchers found that those who changed their meals lost on average more than twice as much body fat as those in the control group who ate normally.
If these pilot data can be repeated in larger studies, it seems possible that the time-limited diet has health benefits.
Although there were no restrictions on what participants could eat, the researchers found that those who changed their meals consumed less food than the control group.
This result was supported by questionnaire responses that revealed that 57% of participants reported a reduction in dietary intake due to decreased appetite, reduced eating options, or decreased snacking. (especially in the evening). It is currently uncertain that the longer fasting period undertaken by this group has also contributed to this reduction in body fat.
As part of the study, researchers also examined whether fasting diets are compatible with daily living and long-term commitment. When asked, 57% of participants felt that they would not have been able to maintain the new meal times beyond the 10 weeks prescribed because of their incompatibility with family and social life. However, 43% of participants would consider continuing if meal times were more flexible.
Finally, although this study is small (60 healthy participants, aged 29-57), the researchers point out that this study provides invaluable information on how mild alterations to our meals can have beneficial effects. on our body. In addition, they indicate that fasting diets are difficult to follow and are not always compatible with family and social life. "So we have to make sure that they are flexible and conducive to real life. We will now use these preliminary results to develop larger and more comprehensive studies on time-limited feeding. "