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Timing, Quantity, and Quality: Key Elements of Meal for Health Benefits

A new randomized controlled study reveals that time-restricted eating (TRE) can significantly help in weight reduction and improve metabolic outcomes for those with type 2 diabetes.

Key Findings:

  • Participants: 99 obese diabetic patients

  • Study Duration: 3 months

  • TRE Regimens: 16:8 (fast for 16 hours, eat in an 8-hour window) and 14:10 (fast for 14 hours, eat in a 10-hour window)

  • Results: Both IF 16:8 and 14:10 groups showed significant weight loss compared to the control group. TRE 16:8 group lost an average of 3.18 kg, while the TRE 14:10 group lost 2.5 kg. Significant improvements in blood sugar levels, HbA1C, and lipid profiles in both TRE groups.

  • Conclusion: TRE (3 days a week) is effective in reducing weight and enhancing metabolic health in type 2 diabetes patients. The 16:8 regimen showed slightly better results than the 14:10 regimen.

But remember, it's not just about how much you eat – when and what you eat are just as important! Choosing nutritious, high-quality meals during your eating window can maximize these health benefits.

Sukkriang, N. and S. Buranapin, Effect of intermittent fasting 16:8 and 14:10 compared with control-group on weight reduction and metabolic outcomes in obesity with type 2 diabetes patients: A randomized controlled trial. J Diabetes Investig, 2024.


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