With the obesity crisis at an all-time high, it is of the most importance that people begin to change the way they live. Not only are people putting their own health in jeopardy, but they are also putting a huge strain on healthcare services as they develop preventable diseases. One great way to maintain your health is time restricted eating. This dieting method is based on our body’s circadian rhythm. Because our cells all have roughly a 24-hour clock that they run on it is important to respect these biological mechanisms or else the body will be thrown out of synchronization, which can lead to many serious side effects.
In today’s modern world it is often hard to maintain a “normal” lifestyle. Many people work night jobs, long shifts, or must travel extensively. This makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for the body to maintain homeostasis. When we do not follow the body’s natural programming it throws off metabolic pathways that effect every organ system in the body. If one cannot maintain a normal sleep cycle, one good first step is to eat within a certain time period, usually 10 hours. This 10-hour window starts as soon as you ingest anything that is not water.
Studies have been done with both humans and mice, and they have found some very promising things about this simple lifestyle change. First of all, even without any drop in calories it can prevent extra body weight gain. It also helps to prevent hepatosteatosis, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation. If that wasn’t enough it can also help to optimize metabolic pathways so that your body can absorb nutrients more efficiently and expend energy more effectively. The list of genes affected is tremendously long due to its overall effect on one’s health. Further research is needed to prove if the improved biological rhythm gained from time restricted eating can extend one’s lifespan.