Time-restricted eating doesn’t appear to boost weight loss

There are a number of reliable ways to lose weight. A relatively new approach called time-restricted eating (also called intermittent fasting) — limiting meals to a certain window of time each day — was put to the test in a small randomized trial. Findings were published April 21, 2022, in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers in China randomly apportioned 139 obese men and women into two groups. One group was told to limit daily calorie intake (1,500 to 1,800 calories or men, and 1,200 to 1,500 calories for women). The other group was told to follow the same calorie limits but to eat only between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. To make sure no one cheated, participants had to photograph every morsel they ate and keep food diaries. After one year, people in both groups showed about the same amount of weight loss (between 14 and 18 pounds) and the same changes in body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. That indicates that changes came from calorie restriction, not time restriction. Critics of the study say it could be that the eating window — eight hours — simply wasn’t short enough to make a difference for the time-restricted group, and that a six-hour window might have different results. So time-restricted eating continues to be debated. But there’s no question that calorie reduction and exercise are effective for weight loss; we have lots of evidence that they work.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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