ISLAMABAD: A paper that features in the journal Obesity describes a trial that shows how the timing of meals influences metabolism. The authors write that “Eating in sync with circadian rhythms by eating early in the daytime appears to reduce body weight and improve metabolic health.
“However, they add that it is not clear which mechanisms could be driving “these weight loss effects.” Therefore, the new study is the “first randomized trial to determine how meal timing affects 24-hour energy metabolism when food intake and meal frequency are matched.
A total of 11 men and women completed the trial: 6 in the eTRF group and 5 in the control group.
To qualify for the trial, participants had to be in good health, aged between 25 and 45 years, and carrying excess weight. Reduced appetite and hunger hormone The eTRF group breakfasted at 8:00 a.m. and ate their last meal of the day at 2:00 p.m. They then fasted for around 18 hours before breakfasting the next day.
The control group also breakfasted at 8:00 a.m. but their last meal of the day was at 8:00 p.m. Therefore, they fasted for around 12 hours before breakfasting the next day.