Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Is it "Time" to Eat?
Does it matter what time you eat? It's commonly heard that eating at night results in weight gain and fat storage. The otherside of the arguement says however, that it doesn't matter when food is eaten, but it's the quantity and quality of the food that really counts. Which side is correct? According to some new research, when you eat and/or don't eat may have a significant effect on the body's metabolism.
The research shows that when mice were put on a strict 8 hour feeding/16 hour fasting schedule it resulted in rescheduling of circadian rhythm hormone release. During times of eating, genes that trigger the release of enzymes needed to break down sugar were more active. Whereas, during times of fasting genes that trigger fat breakdown for energy were more active. So what does all of this mean? As the article states, a clearly defined eating schedule puts metabolic enzymes into "shift work" optimizing the burning of sugar and fat. The more defined these feed/fast periods are the stronger the response of the genes become. The feed/fast pattern used in this research very closely mirrors that used in intermittent fasting (IF).
Optimize your metabolic potential and give it a shot!