Time-restricted eating, commonly called intermittent fasting, involves limiting your eating to a small window during your day. A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that this approach to eating affects the expression of genes in multiple tissues, including the gut and brain, and might explain some of the health benefits ascribed to intermittent fasting. From a weight loss perspective though, another new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests this diet might have little, if any, effect. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found no association between an interval of the day in which people had their meals and their weight. Instead, only eating smaller meals was associated with weight loss. It’s important to understand that no one strategy works for all people when it comes to diet. Eating healthy foods, exercising on a regular basis, and then possibly trying time-restricted eating intervals a few times a week might be the best approach.