No one likes dieting. Just thinking of…
- Counting calories, or
- Eating fewer carbs, or
- Avoiding white foods, or
- Cutting back on fat, or
- Living off of lemon juice, cayenne pepper & maple syrup, or
- Writing down everything you eat, or
- Eating nothing but kale, or
- Drinking 20 glasses of water per day, or
- Chewing each bite of food 20 times, or
- Popping fat-burners, or
- Taking pictures of every meal, or
- Eating nothing but bacon, or
- Spending too much bathroom time thanks to laxatives, or
- Loading up on “natural” weight-loss supplements, or
- Eating only raw foods…
…fills most of us with an almost unbearable sadness.
Let’s face it. Diets suck.
- Wouldn’t it be cool someone came up with an weight loss plan for people who can’t stick to a diet?
- And wouldn’t it be cool if that weight loss plan was based on some solid science?
- And wouldn’t it be cool if that weight loss plan was 100% free?
- And wouldn’t it be cool if that weight loss plan gave you the weekends off?
Today is your lucky day!!!
Today I am going to tell you about the research conducted by Dr. Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Professor Panda and his associates are interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock. In his lab, he “uses genetic, genomics and biochemical approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation.”
Luckily for us, two of his recent studies (see References below) have looked at how a time-restricted diet produces weight loss & prevents metabolic disease.
Here’s how it works
In his 2012 study – Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet – Dr. Panda found that animals who had their food consumption restricted to an 8-hr window were protected against obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hepatic steatosis, inflammation and have improved motor coordination….even though they consumed an equivalent amount of calories compare to the control group which was allowed to eat whenever they wanted during the day.
Think about that…you can eat just as much as you NORMALLY do, but by restricting yourself to an 8 hour feeding window, you will
- Prevent obesity,
- Prevent insulin resistance,
- Prevent leptin resistance,
- Prevent type 2 diabetes,
- Have a healthier liver,
- Have lower levels of inflammation, and
- Will be physically more coordinated.
But wait…it gets even better.
In his 2014 study – Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges – Dr. Panda looks at how time-restricted feed (8-9 hrs per day) works against PRE-EXISTING OBESITY.
What they found is that, even without restricting calories, instituting a 9-12 hour feeding period…
- Reduces obesity,
- Reverses the progression of type 2 diabetes,
- Improves liver function and high cholesterol
…even when the little lab mice were allowed to…
- Eat whenever they want on weekends
- Chow down on high-fat, high-fructose, and high-sucrose diets throughout the week
What Does This Mean For You
It means that by restricting your food consumption to a 9-hour window during the work week, you can…
- Keep eating your “normal” diet,
- Lose body-fat,
- Improve your liver function,
- Lower your cholesterol,
- Prevent type 2 diabetes,
- Drink beer & eat nachos on the weekend
NOTE: I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but even though I am super-excited about this research, I want to prepare you for the possibility that further research may expose flaws in the theory. That’s the nature of science. For now, I suggest cautious optimism. Give this plan a try for a 4-6 week period and see how it works for you. After all, you are your own personal lab mouse.
And if you want to let me know how this plan works for you, contact me via social media. All my social media links are in the footer.
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- Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges – 2014
- Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet – 2012
- Dr. Satchidananda Panda – Salk Institute for Biological Studies
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