Weight loss can be at the forefront of many people’s minds, in regards to getting healthier.
One of the harder parts of dieting is eating heather and cutting out treats and snacks.
Yet a new study has revealed how to reduce body fat without making a change to the foods in a diet.
Instead, it is all about the time the food is eaten instead.
A study by researchers at the University of Surrey found that changing the time that breakfast and dinner are eaten can aid fat loss.
The 10-week study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences, analysed meal times and diet intake.
To do this, they asked 16 adults to eat their breakfast 90 minutes later than usual, and dinner 90 minutes earlier than usual.
After analysing the subjects against a control group who ate their meals at the usual time, they found the fat loss of up to twice as much.
By changing their meal times, the participants ate less food compared to the control group.
More than half (57 per cent) also explained who they had a reduced appetite as well as less time to eat.
This could lead to new research on fasting and whether they can be implemented into daily life.
Jonathan Johnston, co-author of the study, said in a statement: “Although this study is small, it has provided us with invaluable insight into how slight alterations to our meal times can have benefits to our bodies.
“We are now going to use these preliminary findings to design larger, more comprehensive studies of time-restricted feeding.”
However, the study also found that more than half (57 per cent) would not be able to maintain the diet plan.
This is due to social lives and family commitments.
Mr Johnston said: “As we have seen with these participants, fasting diets are difficult to follow and may not always be compatible with family and social life.
“We therefore need to make sure they are flexible and conducive to real life, as the potential benefits of such diets are clear to see.”
Choosing a breakfast cereal with larger flakes can also aid weight loss, according to a different study.