Those looking for shedding their extra kilos and keeping obesity at bay should confine their caloric consumption to an 8- to 12-hour period and also avoid snacking at midnights, a new study has found.
The researchers at the Salk Institute said that obesity is not caused only by the type of food that is consumed but the time of eating greatly matters when it comes to maintaining good weight and shape.
Eating at midnights might help staving off health problems like high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
Study was conducted in 2012 under the leadership of Salk associate professor Satchidananda Panda. They considered mice for the study which were fed with a high-fat diet. The mice were grouped in two. The first one was allowed access to the diet for only eight hours per day, while the second group had access to the same food for the whole day. The mice in first group were found healthier and slimmer than the counterparts who ate whole day. Interestingly, both the groups consumed the same number of calories.
The study showed the remarkable benefits of time restriction. According to the researchers, a correct time of food consumption can reverse obesity as well as diabetes in animal models.
The researchers explain time restriction synchronizes the function of hundreds of genes and gene products in our body in a better way with the predictable time of food consumption.
During a comprehensive analysis of the blood metabolites in the mice that consumed diet under time-restricted system found that multiple molecular pathways that go skewed in metabolic disease returned to normal.
The researchers are now planning to conduct in-depth study on the effects of time-restricted eating in humans.
The research findings were published in the journal Cell Metabolism.