A new study from the University of Surrey has revealed “real world” factors that influence people’s interest in eating a diet called time-limited eating.
According to NHS England, 67 percent of men and 60 percent of women in the UK are overweight or obese – with more than 11,000 annual hospitalizations directly attributable to obesity.
Time-limited eating, which is a type of intermittent fasting, involves limiting the time between the first and last food intake each day – thereby extending the daily fasting period.
In a study published by the journal Appetite Surrey researchers interviewed 608 people to find out what factors would help or prevent them from adopting a time-limited eating routine.
The study found that the majority of respondents had a 10 to 2 hour feeding window on working days and free days. More than 400 respondents believed they could reduce their three-hour feeding window if there were any obvious health benefits associated with the practice.
The study also found that the percentage of participants’ likelihood of taking intermittent fasting decreased as the duration of the time restriction increased – 85% thinking they could reduce their window to 0.5 hours, to 20% thinking be able to do it. maintain a reduction of four hours or more.
Respondents also identified availability of time (69 percent), ease of follow-up (62 percent), and work commitments (54 percent) as key factors that could influence their decision to adopt intermittent fasting.
Jonathan Johnston, lead author of the study and professor of chronobiology and integrative physiology at the University of Surrey, said:
“Time-limited eating has the potential to become a hugely effective tool in tackling the obesity epidemic in many countries. However, the study clearly shows that the ability of people to narrow their window to daily diet depends on their individual lifestyles. “
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