Every year there seems to be a new fad diet that everyone swears by, and tons of people try it – some with success and some without. This year the diet craze seems to be focused on intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating. The Wall Street Journal just published an article supporting the benefits of this type of fasting, not only for dieting, but for other chronic conditions as well, such as better blood sugar control, lower inflammation, improved brain function and improved heart health and sexual function. Research has shown that these benefits occur from fasting for 12-16 hours per day and restricting your intake to an 8-12-hour window of time.
Even before this article was published, I was a strong advocate of time restricted eating. Many people that follow this practice lose weight and feel better. It seems to be effective because fasting positively influences our hormone levels, which affect our metabolism, blood sugar and fat burning. I also like time restricted eating because it helps people avoid night-time eating, which can be a significant contributor to weight gain. Some articles claim that you can eat whatever you want, if you restrict the timing of your eating, but the types of foods we choose are very important, and this is not a free pass to eat whatever you want in the smaller time frame. It is still important to choose whole foods with quality protein, healthy fats and a wide variety of vegetables, which are very important for our health. Time restricted eating is not for everyone, but it can be a useful tool in the quest for weight loss.
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