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A man eats a burger in a hurry. (Photo : GettyImages/ Joe Raedle)

Weight loss programs have been quite difficult for some individuals to follow. That is why easy alternatives are being introduced now and then, including meal schedule change.

Since people became conscious of their physical appearance, various weight loss programs have been introduced in the society. Apart from  rigid exercises and challenging diet plans, an individual wanting to lose weight may now take advantage of the latest weight loss study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham said to effective in fighting body fat.

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Based on the latest research, time-restricted eating is considered as an effective tool to contain a person's craving while aiding metabolic function. According to the new study, one may eat anything he or she wants as long as it is between 8 a.m and 2 p.m. time-frame.

"When you're eating between 8pm and 2am, you're eating as much as you're burning but you keep more muscle and lose more fat," lead researcher Dr Courtney Peterson told Daily Mail. "But we think this is because as you're getting closer to bedtime, the body is thinking. I haven't had enough calories yet and on the 8am to 2pm schedule, the body has registered most of its calories."

This particular study is a good weight loss alternative for most people, especially those who grew accustomed to eating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Such eating habit has long been considered as normal by the society, but this latest study somehow injects a positive influence of time-restricted eating as part of achieving a weight loss goal.

However, an individual wanting to try such time-restriction method should also consider sleep timing. For apart from the eating habits, sleep also influences the metabolism and hormones of an individual.

Research suggests that sleep loss disrupts the internal clock of the body and its metabolism, which likewise affects hormonal balance. Such sleep disruption could confuse body's signals for tiredness and hunger. Thus increasing its demand for sugar and starchy foods that could lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Watch here below some tips to avoid sleep disruption: