This might be a really silly question as weight loss happens when a calorie deficit occurs.
However, I wondered if anyone had tried calorie counting on its own independently and then coupled it alongside IF calorie counting and found out their results improved as a result of introducing IF along with counting calories?
For example if you did calorie counting on its own and consume 1400 calories were your results the same as if you implement IF and eat the same amount of calories 1400. So still eating the same amount of calories over the day.
The reason I ask is because I understand that calorie deficit creates weight loss and as long as you are technically eating in a deficit you will lose weight. Is IF really only to create an eating window and helps controlling when we eat and reducing triggers to overeat because we know the window is closed. I know that this contributes to weight loss as a tool to create healthier habits but wondered if you eat the same calories on calorie counting alone, and then calorie counting along side IF will you get the same results? I’ve read that IF has its own unique health benefits and that weight loss can be improved because your body is getting a better chance to break down the food we eat. Is this true? Or does it ultimately always just come down to amount of calories we consume? So both will work exactly the same for weight loss and IF is more of a tool to help us stay on track and be sustainable in our efforts, because you are less likely to sabatage your diet in 8 hours of overeating rather than 12.
Just wondered if anyone had tried both and had an opinion if counting calories on its own / calorie counting alongside IF yielded better more effective results in terms of how much weight they were losing or whether it was more of a case they felt it provided them with more discipline and longer term longevity.