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A pilot study of limited-time eating, where food is only consumed within an eight-hour daily period, has shown that the plan is simple and easy to follow, and that weight loss is at least as good as that achieved through a more complex diet will interventions.
50 participants with obesity tried following the plan for 12 weeks. Telephone surveys were conducted weekly, and after 6 and 12 weeks, participants visited the clinic to be weighed. Nearly 60% of participants were still following time-limited eating after three months and had lost an average of 3.5 kg, but those who failed to achieve full compliance also lost weight.
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London say the adherence and weight loss results are encouraging enough to warrant a randomized trial with long-term follow-up.
Corresponding author Dunja Przulj of Queen Mary University in London said, "There is currently a lack of simple weight management plans that people can adhere to. In this study, more than a quarter of participants had lost at least 5% of their starting body weight by the age of 12 weeks."
The study is published in PLOS ONE.
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"Temporary Eating as a Weight Loss Intervention in Obese Adults" Dunja Przulj, Daniella Ladmore, Katherine Myers Smith, Anna Phillips-Waller, and Peter Hajek. PLOS ONE 2021. journals.plos.org/plosone/arti… journal.pone.0246186
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