What is Time Restricted Eating? Well, let me explain it by some research done by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. On typical diets people “restrict” their calories. But what if you didn’t restrict your calories? What if you ate all the calories you wanted? What if you ate the foods that typically cause, obesity, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and inflammation but restricted the time?
In this video Dr. Rob explains how to use Time Restrictive Eating to possibly help with weight loss, cholesterol, inflammation and much more based on Dr. Panda’s research.
Dr. Panda fed two separate groups of mice all those foods and calories that would usually cause obesity and disease. The first group of mice did become obese and developed, or were on their way to develop, many of these diseases. However, the mice that were fed only during set time periods didn’t develop those disease and crazy enough didn’t gain weight! This is nuts right? Time Restricted Eating isn’t so much about restricting what you can or can’t eat. Time Restricted Eating is about restricting the TIME in which you eat.
A minimum of a 12 hour period without food each day is need to start seeing the benefits. The best overall results did seem to come with a 9 hour window but 12 was sufficient to see improvements.
Now, this doesn’t mean run down to the donut shop and grab a baker’s dozen, a gallon of your favorite ice cream and a large pizza. What this research regarding Time Restricted Eating may mean for humans is, if we eat a healthy diet and restrict the time period in which we eat it may have significant benefits on our health. Here’s what some of the research says:
Research done by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, and other research combined found time restrictive eating may:
- Improve weight loss
- Improve growth hormone level, which is one of the main fat burning hormones
- Reduce cholesterol
- Reduce the likelihood of becoming diabetic
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve lean muscle mass WITH OUT the need for exercise.
Dr. Rob’s Take:
I personally put myself through Time Restricted Eating and here’s what I did and here are my thoughts. The research on Time Restricted Eating indicated that all you need to do is not eat for a period of 12 hours. However, additional improvements on endurance seemed to occur when eating was restricted to only a 9 hour period. I wasn’t able to stick to the 9 hour period all the time due to my work and lifestyle schedule, however, it was very easy for me to consistently land somewhere between 9 and 12 hours. Almost immediately I notice a flattening of my stomach, an improvement in my hand temperature and better overall energy. I mentioned the hand temperature because traditionally if I went too long without eating my hands would become cold. When I increased my organic beef and moved into this style of eating the hand temperature dramatically improved. I attribute to the improvement in metabolism and hormone levels.
The one thing I did like about it was it saved me time during the first part of my day, which is huge. I didn’t have to worry about getting breakfast ready. All I had to do was prep my lunch the night before and then when I woke up I showered and was out the door.
I think this may be a viable method of eating.
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