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Type 2 Diabetics lose weight with Time-Restricted Eating

Time-Restricted Eating Tested for Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes. People who limited the time they spent eating each day to an 8-hour window between 12 pm and 8 pm lost more weight after 6 months than those who restricted calories, according to results from a randomized clinical trial that involved 75 adults with type 2 diabetes. Participants in the time-restricted eating group found it easier to stick to their intervention than did participants in the calorie-restriction group. No participants reported serious adverse events in the study published in JAMA Network Open.

Both intervention groups experienced a reduction in average blood glucose levels compared with control group participants who maintained their initial lifestyle habits throughout the study. There was no difference in average blood glucose levels between people who engaged in time-restricted eating and those who engaged in calorie restriction, despite the difference in amount of weight lost between groups.

“Time-restricted eating may have served as a refreshing alternative to [calorie restriction], in that it only required patients to count time instead of calories, which may have bolstered overall adherence and weight loss,” the researchers wrote.

Published Online: November 8, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.21874

Emily Harris

JAMA. Published online November 8, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.21874

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