Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Next Trend in Dieting

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Next Trend in Dieting

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Byline: Vanessa Brown


Eat only in a specific time-frame

Easy to follow

Lowers blood pressure

Improves glucose levels

Better sleep

Less time spent eating allows cellular repair

NEW year, new crazy diet trend.

Health experts have revealed research behind the new concept dubbed "time-restricted feeding", or TRF, which follows the rule you can eat whatever you want as long as its in a specific time window.

TRF, which is hailed as a miracle tool for weight loss and diabetes prevention, means you can pick the hours you want to eat and eat as much as you want -- as long as it's in a 12-hour window, or ideally 10 hours.

The findings, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, revealed those following TRF consumed fewer calories and lost weight, with others recording a lower blood pressure, improved glucose levels and even physiological changes linked to slowing the ageing process.

Satchidananda Panda, a professor at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, first tracked the effects of time-restricted feeding in mice in 2012.

He expanded his studies to include humans in 2015, using a free research app he created called 'MyCircadianClock', which followed 156 people.

Dr Panda found when eight overweight people who normally ate for 15-plus hours a day restricted their eating to a 10-hour window for 16 weeks, they lost 4 per cent of their weight.

A year later, they reported sticking to the plan, even though they didn't have to, and had kept the weight off.

"All of them said they slept better, and they felt more energetic throughout the day," Dr Panda said.

"They were actually feeling less hungry."

The TRF studies of mice -- which provided the bulk of research on the strategy -- found that the body has more time to produce the components for cellular repair, break down toxins and colouring agents in food, and repair damaged DNA in the skin and stomach lining. …

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