In Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers released findings that seem to indicate early time-restricted feeding may lead to more efficient fat burning and weight loss. This first human test found when subjects ate only between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. followed by an 18-hour daily fast, their appetite levels were more even throughout the day, in comparison to eating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The human body has an internal clock, and many aspects of metabolism are at their optimal functioning in the morning. Therefore, eating in alignment with the body’s circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health.
Although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it did reduce daily hunger swings and increase fat burning during several hours at night. It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body’s ability to switch between burning carbs and burning fats.