A pilot study from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center has shown there are noticeable, positive drop in blood pressure and blood sugar when restricting your eating too early in the day.

The study had participants restrict eating to 6 hours a day, starting in the morning. Associate Executive Director for Clinical research Dr. Eric Ravussin has a suggestion if you’re interested in trying out fasting.

“I would recommend as a first strategy is not to eat too late at night.”

Ravussin says this is because the body evolved to undergo intermittent periods of fasting, due to the scarcity of food. He says fasting helps cut back on the unhealthy habit of snacking.

“Grazing and snacking have been in parallel with the increase in the incidence of obesity. I think this is something that the body was not designed for.”

The study did not have participants undergo a fasting period that began later in the day. But the Doctor says this type of dietary plan may not work for everyone, specifically those who have to engage in strenuous early morning activity.

“If you have been fasting for 18 hours, to do your workout you have to adapt that. I don’t think that one size fits all.”

The study did not focus on how fasting effected individuals weight loss.