How Time-Restricted Eating Can Make a Big Impact on Prediabetes
Being diagnosed with prediabetes can seem scary, but it’s also an opportunity to take back your life.
Prediabetes means your blood glucose levels are high, but not too high as to receive a full diabetes diagnosis.
There’s time to turn things around.
A recent study published in Cell Metabolism found that people with prediabetes who adhered to a time-restricted eating period, only eating meals between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., saw significant benefits. They included:
Eating 9% fewer calories per day naturally
Losing 3% body fat and 3% belly fat
Sleeping better at night
Lowering bad cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol.
Lowering their doses of medications
The 19 people who participated in the study didn’t change anything else, not what they ate or how much they exercised.
The only change was not taking in any calories in that 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. time frame. They did this for just three months before seeing the results noted above.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin — a fitness guru, longtime radio host and sports medicine doctor with more than 50 years of practice — explored the results of this study in a recent blog post.
“Various patterns of intermittent fasting (such as alternate-day modified fasting) have become popular since many people find these diets easier to follow than traditional calorie restriction diets,” Mirkin said. “The type of intermittent fasting used in this study, called time-restricted eating, looks very promising for treatment of patients with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, diabetes or obesity.”
One thing about the study Mirkin said is especially important to note is the reduction in body fat and belly fat.
“Storing fat in your belly, rather than your hips, is associated with diabetes because it means that you probably store fat in your liver,” Mirkin said. “Most people with a large belly and small hips have excess liver fat and high blood sugar levels after eating, and are at high risk for diabetes and heart attacks.”
Intermittent fasting is one way to approach weight loss, but it’s possible to see even greater results by coupling it with a healthy meal plan.*
That’s one area Diet-to-Go can help with, especially when it comes to diabetes.
Diet-to-Go’s Balance-Diabetes meal plan strictly adheres to the American Diabetes Association Guidelines for proper, balanced nutrition for people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Like all Diet-to-Go plans, it takes the guesswork out of healthy eating by delivering chef-crafted, portion-controlled meals right to customers’ doors — or offering fresh local pickup at health club partners in many cities, such as Washington D.C., Baltimore and Los Angeles.
The Balance-Diabetes plan is specifically designed to help you lose weight, manage pre-diabetes and prevent type-2 diabetes.
Plus, the meals taste amazing. Here’s just a small sample of what’s on the menu:
Cherry Almond Bar with Yogurt
Whole Wheat Bagel
Szechuan Turkey Burger
Porcini Mushroom Chicken
Diet-to-Go also allows unlimited substitutions, customized menu management and service pauses — all at no additional cost.
So there you have it: intermittent fasting paired with tasty, convenient meals. It doesn’t get much easier than that!*
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? Share your experience in the comments below!
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.