New Study Shows – When You Eat Could Matter More than What You Eat
The study by Salk (Institute for Biological Studies) researchers indicated that the timing of when we eat may influence weight control more than the number of calories we actually consume. They found that putting mice on a strict 8 hour feeding and 16 hour fasting regime resulted in healthier, slimmer mice even when they were fed a high-fat diet. Conversely the mice in the other group that were fed the same diet but were able to eat any time of day or night were both fatter and less healthy.
The research also showed that allowing the mice to eat only during an eight-hour period reversed obesity and diabetes. In their latest study, the Salk researchers selected nearly 400 mice, some that were normal weight and some that were obese.
They were put on a variety of diets with different time restrictions. The results showed that the benefits restricting the time that the mice could feed were apparent in all groups regardless of mouse weight and the type of diet (i.e. high or low fat) and, to a certain extent, the length of time restriction.
The conclusions drawn were that the mice limited to eating during a 9 to 12 hour time slot gained less weight than the “controls” that were able to eat at leisure/will, even though both groups were fed the same number of calories. Interestingly, the mice of the time-restricted diet developed more lean muscle mass than the mice that ate without any restrictions.
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