If you fast for 16 hours every day and eat whatever in the rest 8 hours, can you still lose weight? According to a new study published by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging, yes you can.
The study says that this daily time-restricted fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure. How nice!
The key of this study is time-restricted eating, it’s a form of fasting that limits food consumption in selected hours each day. The researchers worked with 23 obese volunteers who had an average age of 45 and average BMI of 35.
What the volunteers do is to eat any type and quantity of food they desired between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. , but for the remaining 16 hours only drink water or calorie-free beverages. In 12 weeks, the volunteers consumed fewer calories, lost weight and had improvement in blood pressure. On average, participants consumed about 350 fewer calories, lost about 3 percent of their body weight and saw their systolic blood pressure decreased by about 7 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
I like this new way of losing weight, since I am not a fan of counting calorie. And this 16:8 time restriction isn’t that hard to take, it’s something that everybody can have a try and benefit from. A lot of people give up a diet plan or a weight loss plan simply because the plan is too hard to stick to. This way, on the contrary, is more acceptable.