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When You Eat May Matter More than What You Eat

New research from the Salk Institute suggests that the timing of meals and snacks may influence weight control more than the number of calories you consume. This approach hasn't been investigated in humans yet, but studies with mice have shown that limiting food consumption to an eight to 12 hour period during the day resulted in healthier, slimmer mice even when they were fed a high-fat diet. That wasn't so for other mice fed the same diet but allowed to eat any time of day or night. The research has also shown that allowing the mice to eat only during a specified eight-hour period reversed obesity and diabetes. In their latest study, the Salk researchers assigned nearly 400 mice, some of normal weight and some that were obese, to a variety of diets and differing time restrictions. Results showed that the benefits of time-restricted feeding held true regardless of mouse weight, the type of diet and, to some degree, the length of time restriction. The study showed that mice limited to eating during a window of 9 to 12 hours gained less weight than the "controls" that were allowed to eat at will, even though both groups consumed the same number of daily calories. The time-restricted mice also developed more lean muscle mass than the mice that ate without restrictions.

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Reader Comments (6)

Isn't that called the intermittent diet?
May 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEverton
Intermittent fasting was my thought exactly
May 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
Isnt that how many of us do it. The last hour before we sleep to
eat nothing and then morning protein. I nibble/graze all day.
All my vitals and blood work are perfect. I'm 5'7" / 115 pounds.
May 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLorigan
When we don't eat through out the day it causes stress on our body which thinks that it isn't getting enough nutrients. The stress releases adrenaline which slows our digestion and makes our bodies create fat. Eating throughout the day is definitely optimal for health.
May 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrendon Bradley, DC
Thanks for the informative article. i just want to add one more thing, if you allow me. Being a dentist, i believe that while having short gaps between eating can effect your physical health, it is also dangerous for your teeth, and can lead to tooth cavities and infections. like Dr Weil said, its not how much you eat which is important, rather, its how frequently you eat which can have a direct impact on your physical and dental health
May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMehmood Asghar
Bredon Bradley have you got any evidence to back that BS statement up?? Or are you going by something that either worked for you or something you read in woman's weekly? ?
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrdh

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