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Time-restricted eating reduces body mass in young athletic men

Time-restricted eating reduces body mass in young athletic men

Optimum nutrition is especially important for athletes interested in improving and maintaining their body composition and sports performance. Restrictive energy intake, along with structured exercise,…

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Optimum nutrition is especially important for athletes interested in improving and maintaining their body composition and sports performance. Restrictive energy intake, along with structured exercise, is an effective non-pharmacological approach for achieving these results. Study: Effects of time-restricted eating on aerobic capacity, body composition and markers of metabolic health in healthy men. Image Credit: Giorgio1978 / Shutterstock.com The benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) has become a popular alternative to energy restriction (ER). IF is a dietary approach that varies between feasting and fasting periods.

Fasting periods typically occur for a specified overnight duration, while feasting periods involve the consumption of food during limited time windows. IF can be practiced using several different protocols; however, time-restricted eating (TRE), during which eating is limited to a few hours each day, has been studied extensively.

IF can be beneficial for increasing exercise performance in combination with regular training. For these purposes, the beneficial impact of IF depends on the positive regulation of metabolic pathways associated with mitochondrial biogenesis. This would further increase the expenditure of energy during exercise.

Studies on IF have been carried out during Ramadan, which is a religious practice where Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset for about one month. Such studies have shown that Ramadan IF negatively impacts aerobic capacity; however, this also occurs during non-Ramadan TRE. To date, limited studies have examined the impact of TRE on exercise performance.

Only three studies have focused on the impact of TRE on endurance markers in young and […]

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