If you want to lose weight fast, you might want to consider eating your dinner earlier or skipping it altogether, a new study says.

“We found that eating between 8am and 2pm followed by an 18-hour daily fast kept appetite levels more even throughout the day, in comparison to eating between 8am and 8pm, which is what the median American does,” said study lead researcher Courtney Peterson, PhD, of Pennington Biomedical Research in a press release.

How it works is that people who take part in early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) and eat their last meal by mid-afternoon, and who also don’t eat again until breakfast the following morning keep their appetite levels more balanced throughout the entire day. This is the eating timetable that helps you to shed the pounds. Within your body’s internal clock, parts of your metabolism are at peak performance during morning hours.

During four days of the study, 11 men and women with excess weight ate food between 8am and 2pm (eTRF) and then another four days they ate between 8am and 8pm. Researchers then tested the impact of eTRF on calories burned, fat burned and appetite. And during this time all the participants were on the same feeding schedule, ate the same amount of calories during each time window and were tested and supervised.

While the study showed the eTRF did not have an impact on calories burned it did reduce daily hunger swings and boosted fat burning overnight. Also, the body’s ability to switch between carbs and fats — metabolic flexibility was increased. Further research in this area could prevent people from becoming overweight.

“The timing of eating during the day does have an impact on our metabolism,” said Dale Schoeller, PhD, FTOS spokesperson for The Obesity Society and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. “With additional research on early-time restricted feeding on humans, we can create a more complete picture of whether this innovative method can best help prevent and treat obesity.”

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Dr. Amy Lee

Dr. Amy Lee has board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition and obesity medicine specialty. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness and weight management. Her Clinical nutrition fellowship training at UCLA has allowed her to incorporate realistic lifestyle modification in all her medicine patients.