This eating pattern is based on the body’s circadian clock: eat your meals during the daytime hours, allowing your organs to rest at night. Specifically, eat your meals within 8-10 hours of the day, and take in nothing but water the rest of the time. This pattern of eating aligns with the traditional vedic yoga culture of eating only two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. Here are some researched benefits:
- Weight loss/management
- Body cells more actively going through the repair process
- Lower cholesterol
- Diabetes 2 prevention
I’ve been doing Time Restricted Eating, also called Intermittent Fasting, for about a year: Breakfast at 8 am and lunch finishing about 2 pm. I eat as much of whatever I want during my two meals. Then I drink a coffee or tea at 3 pm, and after that stick with water until breakfast. I do that 5 days a week, and then get to splurge eating dinner twice a week, with no adverse effect, according to research.
In that year, I’ve lost about 15 pounds and maintained that new 145 lb weight, eating the foods I like. I have more energy. I feel lighter in everything I do. I think more clearly. In fact the yoga teacher training I took in Bali followed a similar meal schedule twice a day: breakfast at 10 am and a second meal at 2pm, water the rest of the time. You’d think I’d have been starving, but my energy was great all the way through.
In addition to Rhanda Patrick’s work this website provides much useful information: https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting/time-restricted-eating