16:36 16 September 2012
Gone are the days when the only option to lose weight is to starve oneself. Today, a research study has confirmed that eating high fat diet on a fixed schedule can improve metabolism and therefore can solve the problem of obesity.
The tests done on mice revealed that eating at the same time for the same length of time everyday can result to unique, improved metabolism and can lead to reduced body weight. Scientists back up this claim saying eating on a schedule leads to a metabolism where ingested fats are not stored, but used for energy at times when food is not available.
The research concludes that by carefully scheduling meals and by sticking with the daily schedule, one metabolism can be improved tremendously; one can eat any amount of food and not be worried about putting extra pounds. Simply put, when eating high fat diet, timing is everything if you don’t want to get fat.
The research used four control groups of mice. The first group was fed high fat diet on fixed schedule while the second group was fed low fat diet on a fixed schedule. The third and fourth group ate on an unscheduled low fat and unscheduled high fat diet respectively.
Although all mice belonging to different groups have gained weight, it was worth nothing that weight gain was greater on mice that were placed on unscheduled high fat diet. On the other hand, mice that were on scheduled fat diet gained less weight compare to those mice that were placed under unscheduled low fat diet.
Professor Oren Froy said: 'Our research shows that the timing of food consumption takes precedence over the amount of fat in the diet, leading to improved metabolism and helping to prevent obesity.
'Improving metabolism through the careful scheduling of meals, without limiting the content of the daily menu, could be used as a therapeutic tool to prevent obesity in humans.'
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