Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Eat now, not then, live forever

I wrote the other day about the benefits fasting. Here's a modified version of that, which a friend of mine is practicing with good results.

Researchers have shown that limiting food intake to a period of eight to 12 hours can boost cognitive and physical performance, and may even lengthen life span.

Known as time-restricted feeding, or TRF, the approach is simple: Eat more or less what you want, but don’t consume anything before or after the allotted time.

Why does everything need an acronym? Asking for a friend.
The researchers argue that humans’ circadian rhythm is not designed for a world with 24-7 access to food. “If you’re eating all the time, it messes up that pattern,” he says. For many if not most Americans, that pattern is deeply out of whack, and many of us eat from early morning until late at night.
The evidence indicates that eating most of your food earlier in the day is probably healthier than eating most of your food later in the day. He also notes that there are many complexities to the issue, including the fact that most people eat healthier food at breakfast (oatmeal or cereal, for instance) than they do at dinner (hamburger, fries and dessert).
One of the researchers has adopted TRF and says he’s seen benefits: lower blood sugar, weight loss, better sleep and more energy.
He now uses a modified version, in which he eats breakfast at 7 a.m., skips lunch and has dinner with his family at around 7 p.m. In essence, he has two long fasts a day, between meals and overnight. Others around him have adopted the classic TRF regimen, including his 15-year-old daughter, his mother and several graduate students in his lab. He says his mother had pre-diabetes before starting the diet; since then, her blood sugar has dropped significantly, to a healthy level.
I'll give it a shot, maybe, as long as it doesn't interfere with my nap.

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