When it comes to an eating schedule, we are firm believers that one size does not fit all. Some may benefit from eating 3 large meals, while others function better by eating 5-6 small meals a day. It’s all about preference and what your day looks like. There are also certain claims about eating after 7 PM that many have brushed off now and again. That being said, there is now some scientific evidence showing that those eat within a 9-12 hour timeframe developed less body fat than those who have the whole day to eat, even though they consumed the same number of calories.
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Researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego subjected 400 mice to different diets – from high fat diets, a high sugar diet, and a high fat and sugar diet. Regardless of the diet plan, the mice that ate within the allotted feeding time had developed less body fat.
Amanda Chaix, a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute said:
“Your body clock ensures that metabolic enzymes are ready for the cycle of consuming food, storing energy, fasting, and burning energy. If you eat at an improper time, you disturb the system and your body may not metabolize the calories you consumed as efficiently.”
Don’t be concerned if your routine takes you to the gym after work instead of early in the morning or if your dinners are later into the night than 7. If you think about it, a 12-hour time frame means eating between the hours of 10 AM and 10 PM or something similar. That gives many plenty of time to for a snack at night so you don’t go to bed simply dreaming of raiding the fridge.
Interested in giving this theory a try? The researches also discovered that even when the mice ate healthfully for the majority of the time but indulged in high-fat meals for two days, they still gained less weight than the other mice. By adhering to these guidelines you could potentially go through your holiday parties and weekends filled with debauchery totally guilt-free! By scheduling your meals 12 hours apart you could be making a simple change that will grant your waistline a huge favor.
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