How Fasting and Meal Timing Can Prevent Obesity and Diabetes

For many years people believed that if you burn the calories that you consume in a day, you can continue losing weight and prevent disease.

According to the latest research, all calories do not react the same way when metabolized via digestion. The timings of your meals and the time between each of your meals play an important role in obesity and diabetes incidents.

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It has been proved that extending the fasting times in your day and eating regular meals at fixed times can override the negative effects of a high-fat diet.



  • Contradictions

A large number of health experts state that a diet high in fat can lead to obesity and disease. It would be more beneficial if you ate frequently throughout the day. A recent study has proved that regular grazing throughout the day can lead to increased incidents of metabolic syndrome, along with related diseases such as diabetes. This happens because your blood sugar levels stay elevated for longer periods of time, and they never return to a fasting level fully. The latest study stated that regular meal times and fasting during the day for several hours can be beneficial for your health.

  • How the study was conducted

Two groups of mice sharing the same genes, age, and gender were fed with unhealthy food comprising of 60% of fat calories. One group was allowed to eat frequently throughout the day, and the other group was restricted to eat for only 8 hours in a day, which means that they fasted for 16 hours each day. After 100 days, mice that grazed throughout the day developed high cholesterol, gained weight, and faced liver damage, high blood glucose and reduced motor control. The mice that fasted for 16 hours each day weighed 28% less than the other group, and showed no negative health effects in spite of consuming the same calorie count from the same fatty food. The conclusion of the study was that fasting time during the day is important. By eating meals in a timely manner, one can still resist the negative effects of high fat diet.

  • Nutritionists have now started believing that there are intricate components associated with overweight, chronic disease and obesity except for calorie consumption and macro-nutrient content. By limiting meals to an 8-hour period every day, you can improve your digestive hormonal balance between ghrelin and leptin. This can dramatically lead to improvement in biometrics related to metabolic disease and obesity.