For years we’ve been told to watch WHAT we eat for optimal health. But a very recent study may soon add in one more element to the equation.
In fact, this could be a HUGE breakthrough in helping you keep the kilos off and staying healthy for life.
Everyone knows that to get and stay healthy, you’ve got to watch WHAT you eat.
But a recent study conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego suggests that WHEN we eat can be just as important – if not more so.
Most of us eat whenever we feel like it. And if we are on an eating schedule, it’s usually throughout the entire day. The only time we don’t eat and give our digestive system a break is while we’re sleeping (which these days may as little as 4 – 6 hours for many!).
That’s why the results of this study are surprising…
It turns out that keeping the times you eat to just a block of eight hours and fast the other 16 can be great for your health.
The study, published earlier this year in Cell Metabolism, took mice that shared the same genes, gender and age and split them up into two groups.
Both groups ate the same exact thing – a high-fat diet where 60 percent of the calories came from fat.
The only difference? One group was allowed to eat and nibble throughout the day, whenever they wanted. The other group was only allowed to eat during an eight-hour window and fasted for the remaining 16 hours.
Researchers observed the mice for 100 days. At the end of the study, the mice who were allowed to eat whenever they wanted gained weight and developed clear markers of metabolic syndrome – high blood sugar, high cholesterol and liver damage.
The mice that were only allowed to eat during an eight-hour period weighed 28 percent less.
But that’s not the impressive part… these same mice showed NONE of the negative health effects (i.e. high cholesterol, blood sugar, etc) that the eat-any-time group developed… despite eating exactly the same thing! 
Says Satchidananda Panda, the study’s lead author, “…regular eating times and fasting for a significant number of hours a day might be beneficial to our health.”
It seems that by letting your body fast daily for an extended period of time activates certain liver enzymes that cause your metabolism to burn extra calories as heat instead of storing them as fat. For sure, more studies need to be done on humans to see the effects of fasting 16 hours and eating for only 8.
But there is promise. Most successful health interventions we know of today, were first tested in mice.
This may even be an interesting experiment to try for yourself, and see what happens. Now, this doesn’t mean you should go out and eat whatever you want. What you eat STILL matters. Just keep eating the healthy meals you’d normally eat, but only do so during an eight-hour time-frame. So maybe from 12pm – 8pm or if you like to get an earlier start, from 10am – 6pm. ( I personally only eat between 12pm and 7pm daily)
Who knows? Try it for 30 days and you just might surprise yourself!
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1. Megumi Hatori, Satchidananda Panda, et al.”Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet.” Cell Metabolism, 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2012.04.019
Eat Yourself Thin
Pork Tenderloin with a Honey Grape Sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
905 gms pork tenderloin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon Asian five-spice powder
1. Preheat grill for medium heat.
2. Lightly oil grate. Season meat with salt and pepper, and place on grill. Cook for 15 to 25 minutes, or to desired doneness, turning meat as necessary to cook evenly. Remove from grill, and let stand10 minutes before slicing.
3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook shallots and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in grapes, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and five-spice powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
4. Process cooled sauce until smooth in a blender or food processor. Serve over sliced tenderloin.
3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you’d like.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Ready: 40 mins
Amount Per Serving – Calories: 264 / Total Fat: 9.2g / Cholesterol: 84mg / Sodium: 554mg / Total Carbs: 17.4g / Dietary Fibre: 0.7g / Protein: 27.7g
Recipe from AllRecipes.com.