Want to lose weight? What if you could do it by eating exactly the same thing in exactly the same amounts?
If you think that’s the craziest fad diet you’ve ever heard of, think again.
Researchers at The University of Adelaide have shown it works, and what’s more it could reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes.
All that with one simple rule: you have to eat at the right time.
The research team found limiting meals to a strict nine-hour window during the day — from 8.00am to 5.00pm or later in the day, from midday to 9.00pm, say — produced noticeable health benefits.
The research followed 15 men known to be at risk of developing type-2 diabetes. They restricted mealtimes to a specific nine-hour period but otherwise stuck to their usual diet, even if that included junk food.
After just one week, their bodies were better at controlling blood sugar — a crucial function lost in diabetes — and they had also dropped a little weight.
While it might mean adjusting to a slightly later breakfast or earlier dinner, Adelaide University’s Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn says the results offer hope of a relatively low-impact way to improve our health.
“Time-restricted eating regimes demonstrate that we can enjoy foods that are perceived to be ‘bad’ for us, if we eat them at the right time of day, when our bodies are more biologically able to deal with the nutrient load,” she says.
“And perhaps more importantly, if we allow our bodies to have more time fasting each night.”
A larger study is now planned to further explore the effects of time-restricted eating on type-2 diabetes risk.*
*The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.
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