In my last blog post I introduced you to the concept of time restricted eating and the benefits that can come from following this eating strategy. Just in case you forgot or missed the last post (click here to read) , the three benefits of time restricted eating are reduced decision fatigue, reduced calorie consumption and improved circadian rhythm. As I stated last week, by reducing your decision fatigue you will have increased will power and energy which will make it easier to adhere to your diet until it becomes a habit. And once it becomes a habit then it becomes a part of your life, just like brushing your teeth, and you brush your teeth right?
Not only will reducing decision fatigue improve your diet, but it will also allow you to focus on other aspects of your life; like work, family and exercise! But enough about decision fatigue, it’s time to found out why time restricted eating reduces your calorie consumption.
But Erik I already know the answer to this, if you reduce your eating window obviously you will eat less calories, says everyone.
Last week I wrote a blog post on the following question, What is the best the way to lose weight? As I stated last week, I believe that any diet can work for anyone as long as you can adhere to the diets guidelines. However, not every diet will work for everyone due to genetics, social life or food preferences. Therefore, I recommend trying out numerous diets to find the right one for you. Based off my experience as a trainer, time restricted eating has been highly effective for my clients. I hate to sound like a broken record, but we live in an age of food abundance where every craving can be satisfied with a click of a button. This is the first time in human history where we have access to food 24/7 and our hearts are paying the price. Food availability will only continue to rise and as technology increases physical activity will decrease. Obesity will continue to affect millions of people and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The obesity crisis has a massive effect on the economy and costs us between 147 and 210 billion dollars in preventable health care spending (1).
In my five years as a personal trainer, I am often asked, Erik, what is the best way to lose weight?
When I first started training clients my response was a low carb paleo modification due to my own success and research on it. The research convinced me that insulin was the culprit and that if you kept insulin low you would burn more fat and lose weight faster. Now this did work for some, but some didn’t do that well either. I followed this approach for the first four years of my career. But if you asked me that question now, I would give you an answer that you would hate, and that answer is: It depends. It is an interesting question, one that doesn’t have a correct one because there are multiple answers to it.