When it comes to weight loss, as with most things, you want to keep it simple.
But conventional medicine continues to do what they do best…
They study something time and time again, which only makes things more complicated.
Why provide so much information—and an abundance of choices—when a solution is already clear and concise?
In this instance, the solution is something I practice every day—for an abundance of health benefits.
Plus, I recommend it to most everyone, as it’s seemingly doable for ALL…
Look into this eight-hour window
According to new findings, time-restricted eating (TRE) during the earlier part of the day may promote weight loss and reduce blood pressure (BP).
In a randomized, clinical trial, researchers analyzed 90 obese participants whose eating habits were narrowed to an 8-hour window, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., for an average of six days each week.
Ultimately, after 14 weeks, this earlier approach to TRE was more effective for losing weight and lowering diastolic BP (bottom number) than eating during a 12-hour window.
In the end, researchers concluded it “may therefore be an effective treatment for both obesity and hypertension.”
Now, I’m sure you can imagine the contingencies after a conclusion like that.
These scientists complained that you can make associations… BUT, BUT, BUT.
Well, how did we decide cigarette smoking kills? It was through association! We didn’t insist on larger, longer double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to figure it out.
Of course, you can’t give people a potential carcinogen—then sit back and watch what happens. Or… can you?!
Isn’t that what we’re doing when we tell people sugar, carbohydrates, and trans-fats are fine… and dietary fat is bad?
Intermittent fasting works wonders
The bottom line is this: TRE is a form of intermittent fasting, which is something I practice every day.
Sure, I can agree that research doesn’t pinpoint optimal fasting intervals. Some studies highlight the benefits of an 8-hour eating window, whereas others talk about alternate fasting days, and so on.
But that’s also the beauty of IF… there’s no one set way to do it.
And practically all variations—whether you’re fasting on alternate days, using the 5:2 approach (where any two days in a single week are your fasting days), or simply restricting your meals to specific eating windows—appear to deliver benefits in some form or another.
In fact, I take a closer look (and highlight a few tips for adopting any iteration of IF into your healthy lifestyle) in the July 2021 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“Unleash the power of your body’s natural rhythms and watch your health soar”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to become one!
Until next time,
“Early Time-Restricted Eating Ups Weight Loss, but Jury Still Out.” Medscape, 08/09/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/978911)