Time-restricted eating is a form of daily intermittent fasting. Under this form of fasting, people consume all of their food in a set window of time.
some people practice 16:8 fasting, where they would go 16 hours without eating and then eat in an 8-hour window, such as eating from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Other people use a more restricted window and practice 20:4 fasting.
If someone were to take in 500 fewer daily calories than the number of calories they need to maintain their weight, then they would lose 1 pound per week.
The goal of this study was to determine if time-restricted eating offered any further benefits to a calorie-restricted diet.
The researchers divided the participants into two groups and instructed them to eat a certain amount of calories per day (1,500 to 1,800 calories for men and 1,200 to 1,500 calories for women).
At the end of the study, the participants were all weighed one last time. The participants in the time-restricted eating group lost a mean of 6.3 kilograms, and the participants in the calorie restriction-only group lost a mean of 8 kilograms.
“Among patients with obesity, a regimen of time-restricted eating was not more beneficial with regard to reduction in body weight, body fat, or metabolic risk factors than daily calorie restriction