What if one fairly simple change in the way you eat could make a positive difference in your health, and possibly result in weight loss? Exciting new research points to a path that may accomplish this. And you don’t even have to change what you eat. It’s called Time-Restricted Eating.
Healthy Living | Weight Loss
Should we watch the clock
instead of the scale? by Jan Cullinane
Think about your average day. Do you eat breakfast around
7 a.m., have lunch midday, perhaps indulge in a late afternoon
nibble, consume dinner around 7 p.m., and then perhaps enjoy a
9 p.m. snack and/or a beverage while you’re working on the
computer, reading, or watching TV? If so, the time you have “fasted”
(not eaten) would be 10 hours, and your “eating window” would
be 14 hours, which is pretty typical for most of us in the United
States. With Time-Restricted Eating (TRE), instead of the average
14 eating hour window, you condense your daily food consumption
into a tighter time frame, such as 12 hours. This gives your body a
daily 12 hour fast, instead of the average 10 hour American fast.
Your body will most likely reward you for this change. Let’s see why.
Our bodies have clocks that operate on a roughly 24-hour
cycle (circa means “about” and diem refers to “day”). There is an
optimum time for our body to digest food, make hormones, and
repair tissue. Our guts, stomach, mouth—virtually all of our organs
and cells—operate on these clocks. You may be familiar with the
research demonstrating that people who work night shifts tend to
have more health issues, including obesity, gastrointestinal issues,
heart disease, and diabetes. Most people who work at night are
fighting their natural circadian rhythms. We are doing the same if
we are eating when our body should be resting and repairing itself.
So, chomping down on that Dove bar at midnight won’t allow your
body to do its best work.
What is Time-Restricted Eating? Circadian Rhythms