Does The Time You Eat Between Meals Matter?
If two people consume the same exact food, but one consumes a portion of their food late at night, the food will have the same impact on their bodies weight-wise… right?
Not according to a study done by the Salk Institute in California.
The study involved two groups of mice.
One group was allowed only to eat within an eight hour period. The second group were free to eat any time they wanted day or night.
The mice that ate at set times during the day did not become obese.
The second group of mice however was found to have 70 percent more fatty deposits.
The study explains this by pointing out that at certain times of the day the liver, intestines and muscles are at peak efficiency. Other times they are sleeping.
Every organ has a clock and their metabolic cycles are critical.
When mice or people eat throughout the day and night, it can throw off those normal metabolic cycles.
The Salk Institute research team suggests that restricting meal time could help lower obesity rates.
There’s a pattern, which you should build up between meals. Anything you do to upset that opens you up to problem with hormones that control your appetite.
There are different ways to accomplish this. We at PhatBurn currently eat 5 meals per day spaced 3 hours apart. Some people do 4 meals spaced 4 hours apart. Some more advanced techiques involve intermittent fasting.
The key takeaway is your body doesn’t like guessing when it’s next meal is coming. The more regular you can keep an eating schedule the better your fat loss results will be.
When is your next meal planned for?