A new study shows that time-restricted eating – what most people know as intermittent fasting – can improve weight loss, blood pressure and mood. In the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers tested a specific form of time-restricted eating in which the subjects ate only between 7 AM and 3 PM, and they followed that regimen six days a week for 14 weeks. This is different than what most intermittent fasters do, usually skipping breakfast and only eating lunch and dinner. Over the 14 weeks, the participants in the study lost an average of roughly six pounds. They also had better blood pressure and moods compared to participants who ate throughout the day. Eating all your food before mid-afternoon might be a great option if you can do it, as insulin sensitivity is highest in the morning. But for many people, it might be difficult to skip dinner for social reasons or because they might struggle to fall asleep feeling hungry.
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