Eating regularly scheduled meals can help fight weight gain, according to a recent study by the Salk Institute.
According to the Salk Institute, Satchidananda Panda, an associate professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory and senior author of the paper, stated that:
“It’s a dogma that a high-fat diet leads to obesity and that we should eat frequently when we are awake. Our findings, however, suggest that regular eating times and fasting for a significant number of hours a day might be beneficial to our health.”
The press release further stated that:
“Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that regular eating times and extending the daily fasting period may override the adverse health effects of a high-fat diet and prevent obesity, diabetes and liver disease in mice.”
“Mice in the study that were fed a high-fat diet and allowed to eat whenever they wanted to, not surprisingly, gained weight. In contrast, mice that had their feeding restricted to eight hours a day were protected against obesity, despite the fact that they consumed just as many calories as the unrestricted mice.”
The study also showed that the mice who were given a restricted diet performed better in exercise tests than the other group, which was allowed to eat whatever it wanted. Megumi Hatori, a postdoctoral researcher in Panda’s laboratory and a first author of the study stated:
“This was a surprising result For the last 50 years, we have been told to reduce our calories from fat and to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. We found, however, that fasting time is important. By eating in a time-restricted fashion, you can still resist the damaging effects of a high-fat diet, and we did not find any adverse effects of time-restricted eating when eating healthy food.”
The researchers state that more tests, this time done on humans, can help to solidify their theory.