Reducing body weight has been shown to lower blood pressure in obesity-related hypertension. However, success of those lifestyle interventions is limited due to poor long-term compliance. Emerging evidence indicates that feeding schedule plays a role on the regulation of blood pressure. With two studies, we examined the role of feeding schedule on energy homeostasis and blood pressure. In study 1, rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) ad libitum for 24 h (Control) or for 12 h during the dark phase (time-restricted feeding, TRF). In study 2, rats fed a HFD were administered a long-acting α-MSH analog at either light onset [melanotan II (MTII) light] or dark onset (MTII dark) or saline (Control). MTII light animals ate most of their calories during the active phase, similar to the TRF group. In study 1, Control and TRF rats consumed the same amount of food and gained the same amount of weight and fat mass. Interestingly, systolic and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was lower in the TRF group. In study 2, food intake was significantly lower in both MTII groups relative to Control. Although timing of injection affected light versus dark phase food consumption, neither body weight nor fat mass differed between MTII groups. Consistent with study 1, rats consuming their calories during the active phase displayed lower MAP. These data indicate that limiting feeding to the active phase reduces blood pressure without the necessity of reducing calories or fat mass, which could be relevant to obesity-related hypertension.