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Compressing your eating day is as effective as counting calories, study finds

By: Kaitlyn Zhou

Many people of all ages go on diets or try to lose weight. However, researchers have found that the result of one’s appearance may not only depend on your status of food, but also the schedule you would normally have for a meal. What does that quite mean, people ask?

There were two groups: the people who ate between noon and 8 PM, and the people who paid attention to their food choices. Researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine that after a year, both groups lost about 4% of their body weight.

However, the people who didn’t change their diet and eating habits actually gained 1% in body weight in the same time that the others lost body weight.

“To study more about this subject, the U.S. decided to compare and contrast two weight-loss methods,” said a nutrition researcher at the University of Illinois Chicago, Krista Varady. Varady claimed that even though both methods resulted in the same outcome, the method that showed more time instead of calories was an easier diet to adapt and cling to.

Considering many humans have an interest in dieting, the solution of a healthier diet could be relied on by many citizens. According to the CDC, about 49% of Americans try to lose weight every year. That's 56% of women and 42% of men!

Dieting is easier said than done, since the most common diet is to burn more calories than consumed. It can be expensive and a waste of time to be keeping track of portion sizes and only consuming low-calorie meals, wrote Dr. Adam Gilden and Drictoria Catenacci of the University of Colorady School of Medicine in an editorial that accompanies the study.

Unsteady diets can cause harm to human bodies, so the best way to lose weight would be having a steady diet, giving positive results. Scientists and researchers are still on the lookout for more information about the healthy diets and the best way to deal with it.

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