Study suggests eating only eight hours a day gives the same weight loss results as counting calories

Person being measured for weight loss.
Person being measured for weight loss. Photo credit Getty Images
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A new study may have found another means to lose weight for those looking to get in shape this summer. The study found that those who only ate from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. saw an increase in weight loss, similar to those who counted calories.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the 90 obese adults in the group that restricted their eating window lost about 5% of their body weight in six months.

KCBS Radio’s Bret Burkhart and Patti Reising spoke with Dr. Adam Gilden, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, about the two weight loss methods examined in the recent study and what the findings mean.

Burkhart shared that the study examined two different groups, one that saw participants count calories daily and another that only had participants eat from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The study found that weight loss was similar in both groups, but those eating from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. weren’t just eating everything they could during the eight hours. Burkhart shared that they weren’t doing it alone either.

“Both of the groups that got weight loss assignments had pretty intensive support from dieticians,” Burkhart shared.

Burkhart says that while the second group was limiting the hours in which they ate, they also were encouraged to make healthy choices around their eating.

While intermittent fasting has become a popular dieting trend in recent years, Burkhart shared that the technical term is “time-restricted eating.”

The author of the study suggests that limiting your window of eating during the day creates a sort of “natural calorie restriction.”

“It’s not that there’s something magical about only eating for eight hours,” Burkhart said. “It’s the behavior of limiting your eating to eight hours that creates a condition in which people tend to eat less naturally, by about 400 calories per day.”

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