On Blue Monday - officially the most depressing day of the year, apparently - what could be better than science informing you that in order to shift those Christmas pounds you need to stop eating every day after 2pm?
This is what a group of researchers from University of Alabama have proposed under the guise of the term "Early Time-Restricted Feeding". eTRF is based on the idea you can eat anything, anything, you like between the hours of 8am and 2pm but then you must undergo 13 hours of fasting.
Researchers put 11 men and women on an eTRF diet for four days where they ate four meals a day, the last one during the afternoon. For the following four days they consumed the exact same number of calories but ate them throughout a normal day from 8am to 8pm.
The number of calories burned did not alter but cravings at night stopped for those that finished eating at 2pm and did not for those who ate regularly.
Sound like a good trade off for having to have two breakfasts before you've even got into work? Well it is according to study author Dr Courtney Peterson who said to The Daily Mail, "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."
Here is a template meal plan for you if you're considering it:
5am: Awake naturally with stabbing hunger pains in your stomach
8am: Double Full English
2pm: Second cheeseburger