for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California
study started
estimated completion
Pam Taub, MD



The investigators intend to measure the health impact of a dietary intervention known as time restricted feeding (TRF) on patients with metabolic syndrome (three or more of: increased waist circumference, abnormal cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar). The investigators will enroll patients with metabolic syndrome who eat for ≥ 14 hours per day and will ask participants to reduce daily oral intake to 10 hours per day. The investigators will assess the impact of this dietary change using measures obtained before and after a 12 week intervention period, including body mass index, blood pressure, various lab parameters and blood sugar levels (assessed using a continuous glucose monitor). The investigators will assess for compliance with TRF using a Smart Phone application (myCircadianClock (mCC) app).


Weight Loss Metabolic Syndrome Overweight and Obesity Syndrome Overweight Time Restricted Feeding


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Waist circumference ≥ 102 cm (Men) or ≥ 88 cm (Women).
  2. Triglycerides ≥ 150 mg/dL (or on drug treatment for elevated triglycerides).
  3. Reduced HDL-C < 40 mg/dL (Men), < 50 mg/dL (Women) (or on drug treatment for reduced HDL-C).
  4. Elevated blood pressure, systolic blood pressure ≥ 130 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 85 mmHg (or treatment with antihypertensive drug with history of hypertension).
  5. Elevated fasting glucose ≥ 100 mg/dL (or drug treatment of elevated blood glucose).
  6. Age ≥18 years.
  7. If patients are on cardiovascular medications (HMG coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins), other lipid modifying drugs (including over the counter drugs such as red yeast rice and fish oil), anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetes drugs), no dose adjustments will be allowed during the study period
  8. Own a Smartphone with Apple iOperating System (OS) or Android OS. Baseline eating period is ≥ 14 hours per day.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Pregnant or breast-feeding.
  2. Caregiver for a dependent requiring frequent nocturnal care/sleep interruptions. Shift workers with variable (e.g. nocturnal) hours.
  3. Planned international travel during the study period.
  4. Active tobacco abuse or history of treatment for alcohol abuse,
  5. Known inflammatory and/or rheumatologic disease,
  6. Known history of familial hypercholesterolemia,
  7. History of major adverse cardiovascular event within the past 1 year (acute coronary syndrome (ACS), percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, hospitalization for congestive heart failure, stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA))
  8. Uncontrolled arrhythmia (i.e. rate-controlled atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter are not exclusion criteria)
  9. History of sudden cardiac death (SCD) or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implantation for any reason,
  10. . Known history of thyroid or adrenal disease,
  11. . Any history of malignancy,
  12. . Known history of type I diabetes,
  13. . Known history of major immune disease,
  14. . Eating disorder or bile syndrome,
  15. . History of cirrhosis
  16. . History of stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease or requiring dialysis
  17. . History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  18. . Known active infectious diseases,
  19. . Currently enrolled in a weight-loss or weight-management program,
  20. . On a special or prescribed diet for other reasons (e.g. Celiac disease),
  21. . Currently taking any medication that is meant for, or has known effect on, appetite,
  22. . Any history of surgical intervention for weight management,
  23. . History of venous thromboembolism.
  24. . Uncontrolled psychiatric disorder (including history of hospitalization for psychiatric illness)
  25. . History of known clotting or bleeding disorder(s)


  • UCSD
    La Jolla California 92037 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Pam Taub, MD
    Dr. Taub is a general cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the UC San Diego Health System. She is the director of the Hannah and Gene Step Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Center that will be located in the new UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center opening in 2016. The mission of the Center is to actively engage patients and the community in prevention of cardiovascular disease.


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