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In recent years, bodybuilders and fitness influencers have praised intermittent fasting as a weight loss agent. If you do not already know, intermittent fasting will only be done for a fixed period of eight to ten hours.
It is generally accepted that there is no fixed way to perform intermittent fasting and that this can be changed to its schedule. However, a recent study found that if you want to lose a lot of money, you should eat as early as possible and as quickly as possible.
The study published in the journal Obesity found that eating earlier in the day increased weight loss and suppressed appetite in overweight individuals, even though they did not burn more calories than with normal meal schedules. The researchers said that this is because a meal schedule for early meals is better coordinated with the daily rhythm of the human body's internal clock.
"We suspect that the majority of people consider time-eating strategies to be helpful in losing weight or keeping their weight. These strategies, of course, seem to curb appetite, which can lead to people eating less," said Courtney Peterson , Ph.D., lead author of the study, in a press release.
The study had a small sample size – only 11 adults. They all followed four different meal schedules over four days: one in which they ate all meals in 12 hours from 8 to 20 o'clock, and one in which they ate only six hours from 8 to 14 o'clock. They all ate the same amount in both meals.
Not surprisingly, participants lose more weight after fasting for 18 hours than after fasting for 12 hours. The strategy, however, also diminished their appetite and made them richer the study. All this despite the fact that there was no increase in calorie consumption.
The researchers pointed out that previous studies have found that shifting food intake earlier in the diet increases weight loss, and their results appear to support this.