Diet expert Dr Michael Mosley reveals delicious drink that helps curb cravings to boost weight loss

Elimination may have less to do with what you eat and more to do with when you eat it.

Although he has advocated several diet plans that can help you lose weight — namely the Fast 800 diet — television doctor Dr. Michael Mosley recently became a big proponent of a different approach that doesn’t involve cutting calories or watching what you eat.

dr Michael Mosley is a proponent of timed eating, which involves narrowing the eating window and fasting in between


dr Michael Mosley is a proponent of timed eating, which involves narrowing the eating window and fasting in betweenPhoto credit: Rex Features
The diet guru said adding some lemon and ginger to water can help curb hunger pangs when fasting


The diet guru said adding some lemon and ginger to water can help curb hunger pangs when fastingPhoto credit: Getty

Called time-restricted eating, it means narrowing your eating window and not eating between certain hours, which often coincide with your bedtime.

You can give yourself a 12-hour window to eat and fast for the remaining 12 hours, for example from 8am to 8pm – this is known as the 12:12 method

dr Mosley himself prefers the 14:10 method, which involves a 10-hour eating window followed by 14 hours without food.

He spoke about it on an episode of his Just One Thing podcast series, where he gushed Advantages of time-limited food.

“I change what I eat, I don’t cut calories, I just change what I eat,” the diet guru said.

And research shows that limited eating can lower blood pressure, improve sleep, help you lose weight and even lower your risk of developing diabetes, according to Dr. Mosley.

He joked, “One of the simple things about it is that a lot of people confuse it with calories, but by and large we can tell the time.”

Still, for some, it may be an ordeal to limit themselves to eating between certain hours.

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For others, the mere idea that you can’t or shouldn’t eat at a certain moment can trigger hunger pangs that are difficult to ignore.

dr Mosley had some tips to escape this misery.

You can enjoy a few different drinks in your no-eating window that won’t tempt you to break your fast.

First, staying hydrated is synonymous with eating on a timely basis — you may even confuse thirst and hunger signals.

“We get about 20 percent of our fluids from food, and if you limit your calorie intake, you have to offset that reduction,” explained Dr. Mosley in a blog post on his website.

During Lent, you can opt for black tea or coffee — both of which have virtually zero calories, according to the diet guru.

Sparkling water is also a good option and the bubbles it contains can actually make you feel full.

If you’re looking to add some oomph to your water—be it flat or sparkling—Dr. Mosley to flavor it with lemon, lime or ginger.

Aside from making your regular water delicious, studies show that these ingredients can actually aid digestion and suppress appetite.

If you are used to having dessert in the evening, herbal teas in the cupboard can also be a little sweet treat.

On the subject of beverages, Dr. Mosley recently reviewed the benefits of most people’s favorite morning pick-me-up.

Aside from boosting your brain and mood, the brew can also give you the boost you need to get through your workout as long as you drink it well.

A steaming cup of joe can also help burn fat, the diet guru said.

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