Time restricted eating/Intermittent fasting is a dietary practice that involves eating all of your meals and snacks within a certain window of time each day.
It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its potential to support weight loss and health. While it still remains controversial in this sphere, there are many other benefits to time restricted eating that have nothing to do with weight loss and may even provide additional health benefits.
Controversy has formed around the claim that intermittent fasting (IF) supports weightloss with health advocates arguing for and against its effectiveness. In this blog however I' m going to pull the focus away from weightloss and into the many other benefits of time restricted eating.
One of the most notable non-weightloss benefits of time restricted eating is improved sleep. Eating late at night can interfere with the body’s natural circadian rhythm and make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. By eating earlier in the day and finishing meals at least three hours before bedtime, you can help your body fall asleep and stay asleep more easily.
Time restricted eating can also help reduce inflammation, which can lead to chronic health problems. Studies have found that eating within a shorter window of time each day helps reduce inflammation in the body. This is likely due to the fact that eating during a consistent window of time helps regulate hormones such as insulin and cortisol, which are both involved in inflammation.
Another benefit of time restricted eating is improved mental clarity and focus. Eating within a consistent window of time helps regulate hormones, which can help improve mental focus and clarity. Additionally, eating within a certain window can help reduce cravings, which can help make it easier to stay focused and accomplish tasks.
Finally, time restricted eating may help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Studies have found that time restricted eating can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. These health benefits are likely due to the fact that time restricted eating helps regulate hormones and improve metabolic health, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It also maximises the time that the body can spend on rest and repair without the additional energy burden of digestion.
Time restricted eating can has many benefits which has nothing to do with weight loss. It can help improve sleep, reduce inflammation, improve mental clarity and focus, and reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Therefore, it is a great dietary practice to consider for those seeking overall health and wellbeing.