So I eat late. This is no secret. Often I am sitting down to dinner at 9 or 10 pm many nights. I know it is not good for me to eat this late and I know it contributes to heartburn and weight gain etc. But let's face it I'm a real person just like you and get hungry too.
So this comes across my desk- eating early and then fasting until breakfast show real promise in fat loss. WHAT?
Hears the deal.
Early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) is supposed to reduce hunger swings and alter fat burning patterns. When you are following eTRF you eat your meals between 8 am and 2 pm and then fast the rest of the day. Now some people ate dinner at two or had big lunch at 2 and no dinner. This was variable. I could see that working for me. Just have to run past the kale chips.
Humans internal clock and body metabolism does seem to function best in the morning, therefore eating in conjunction with that would make sense. Ideally you want to eat, workout, do everything important in the morning- then go into shut down, reboot mode for the evening. Ok, so this is why they have us working from 8- 4ish.
Now, in rodents this method reduced the levels of disease and obesity. In a VERY small human study, us humans were less hungry and burned more fat but it did NOT change how many calories we burned. HMMM- strange. So this means that we may not see a shift in weight. Based on the limited scale of this study more research is definitely needed.
In the meantime, maybe you just needed to change your schedule all this time.