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Study Says eTRE Can Help You Lose Weight


Early time-restricted eating (eTRE) is basically a diet where you eat little through most of the day. The idea here is that you should not eat between 7 A.M. and 3 P.M. And now a new study conducted by researchers from the Weight Loss Medicine Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital shows that this just might help dieters lose weight.

Everyone wants to lose weight, but they also want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to dieting. People continually look for the easy way to diet without having to spend a lot of time exercising or giving up eating the foods that they love so much.

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But as of today no magic diet pill or diet gimmick has ever been found that allows people to continue to drink all those sugar drinks, eat junk food and fast food, and still lose weight.

The eTRE study was written by Courtney M. Peterson, PhD, University of Alabama, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Participants in the study were instructed to consume 500 fewer calories than their resting energy expenditure every day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. They followed this program at least 6 days a week for 14 weeks. The trial group in the study lost an additional 2.3 kg, an approximate 50% improvement in weight loss.

According to the study, “Early time-restricted eating (eTRE) was more effective for losing weight and lowering diastolic blood pressure than eating over a period of 12 or more hours at 14 weeks.”

“The eTRE intervention may therefore be an effective treatment for both obesity and hypertension,” they added. “It also improves mood by decreasing fatigue and feelings of depression-dejection and increasing vigor, and those who can stick with eTRE lose more body fat and trunk fat.”

Peterson also explained that, “It also improves mood by decreasing fatigue and feelings of depression-dejection and increasing vigor, and those who can stick with eTRE lose more body fat and trunk fat. However, eTRE did not affect most fasting cardiometabolic risk factors in the main intention-to-treat analysis.”

Before people jump to start an eTRE diet it should be noted that the study’s participants were basically on the honor system. They were not monitored at all times and they could have engaged in extra exercise or eaten less the rest of the day too. Even the study’s authors acknowledged that there is a need for more research.



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