Many of us have tried strategies for fat loss or weight maintenance. One of these is intermittent fasting: to eat only during parts of the day. But, what is actually happening when you do this?
A new study tried to find out. It combined intermittent fasting with another idea that’s been around, to eat your calories mostly early in the day, to keep in line with our biological rhythms. The result was promising: participants had lower levels of hunger hormones (ghrelin), felt less hungry subjectively, and felt fuller, as compared to a control regime where they would eat the same calories but throughout the day.
So, science validates the concept of restricting feeding times, especially when you eat bigger early on, and less, or nothing at all, later in the day or at night. Counter-intuitively, it can actually make you less hungry – and therefore, less likely to overeat.