So when is the best time to eat to lose weight?
Studies show it all comes down to two numbers - 16:8
The idea is to consume all your calories during an eight hour period in the day, and fast for the other 16 hours.
So you culd decide to eat between 9am and 5pm or 10am and 6pm for example, and then not eat anything for the rest of the day.
This strategy is known as intermittent fasting and there are studies that show it does work.
In one study, intermittent fasting led to greater weight loss
loss in men with obesity
compared to calorie restriction.
In another study, men who followed a 16:8 approach for eight weeks while resistance training had a decrease in fat
mass while maintaining their muscle mass.
It's also been shown to help prevent type 2 diabetes
, lower blood pressure
and protect the brain against mental decline, and it could protect the liver and help prevent cancer
Keep reading for some tips to finally turn your weight loss
plan into a success with the 16:8 strategy...
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5 Tips to make 16:8 intermittent fasting a success
So the first thing to mention is that while this method doesn't require you to reduce calories or even restrict what you eat, it will obviously work better if you eat sensibly by following a healthy diet
But having said that, don't exercise just before you're going to start your fasting period - or during this period - as exercise can increase appetite, which will make it harder for you to restrain from eating...
Drinking calorie-free drinks, like water and unsweetened tea could help reduce hunger during the fasting period.
Don't watch TV during the fasting period as this will ensure you don't get exposed to images of food, which may trigger your appetite.
Meditating during the fasting period can also help you feel relaxed and fulfilled.
Give it a try - you could be pleasantly surprised!