This is why I lean toward that interpretation. It hasn’t been directly tested but there are a few lines of evidence which support it.
Unsolicited shade (jk): intermittent fasting doesn’t “work” in the absence of weight loss. But they’ve been doing the studies wrong since forever. Skipping breakfast was the problem.
#eTRF, on the other hand, has shown metabolic benefits independent of weight loss. It’s a circadian phenomenon. It may also help you lose weight:
The best part: #eTRF has extremely high adherence, especially for a “diet” intervention. Participants were able to fully adapt to earlier or lighter dinners in less than 2 weeks…
What is the mechanism, you ask?
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