What if you skip dinner

The clinical study by Dr. Peterson's team took part in eleven overweight men and women. They initially only ate between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for four days (eTRF). Then they ate between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for four days, just as most people do.

The researchers now examined the influence of the eTRF method on the number of calories burned, on the amount of fat burned and on appetite.

Fat burning increases when you go to bed without dinner

It was found that the number of calories burned was not influenced by the eTRF. But the daily cravings decreased and the fat burning increased - for several hours at night.

In addition, the flexibility of the metabolism improved with the eTRF. This is the ability of the metabolism to switch back and forth between burning fat and burning carbohydrates as required.

These changes in the participants' metabolism and in their eating behavior (less appetite) are so beneficial that not only can the body fat percentage be reduced, but also many chronic diseases can be positively influenced or do not even occur if the eTRF is used regularly and practiced permanently.

Going to bed without dinner - and losing weight is easy

Whether you eat two or three main meals a day, whether you also include snacks in between, whether you eat a few large meals or several small meals, is up to you and your preferences. In any case, it is important not to eat anything from late afternoon (4 p.m. at the latest, better earlier), i.e. to go to bed without dinner. You will see that you will then lose weight much more easily.

You can of course consume drinks such as water or herbal teas. But of course not smoothies or shakes, as these are liquid meals.

We have described in detail here the specific health benefits of missing dinner or eating in a small time frame: Intermittent fasting


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  • Obesity Society. "Eating dinner early, or skipping it, may be effective in fighting body fat." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, November 3, 2016, (Eating early for dinner or skipping dinner altogether can be effective in combating body fat)

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