EAT BET­TER

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Editor’s Letter - Reg­is­tered nu­tri­tion­ist Anita Bean re­veals the truth be­hind the lat­est food trends

Start­ing your day’s eat­ing at 10am and fin­ish­ing by 6pm could help you shed a few pounds, a new study found. Time re­stricted eat­ing – dubbed the 16:8 diet because you fast for 16 hours then eat what­ever you want for eight – re­sulted in a weight loss of around 3% in 12 weeks, and low­ered the blood pres­sure of vol­un­teers by 7mmhg. Although they didn’t count calo­ries or cut foods, peo­ple who ate this way con­sumed around 300 fewer calo­ries a day, which led to weight loss. How­ever, it’s not a mir­a­cle diet – it’s just one way of achiev­ing a calo­rie deficit. On the plus side, it gets you away from calo­rie count­ing and doesn’t for­bid any foods. On the mi­nus side, it’s still pretty re­stric­tive. For most peo­ple, eat­ing within a 10-11 hour daily win­dow may be more re­al­is­tic and equally ben­e­fi­cial for weight loss.

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