As you may know, I’m a bit of a fan of intermittent fasting.
That means I usually don’t eat breakfast.
And as a result, I think the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day was probably put out by some marketing people back in the day to sell a bunch of breakfast cereal.
That’s not to say I never eat breaky.
I love a Sunday morning pancake session with the girls after I’ve done a little home workout.
But what I wanted to share with you today is something that you might be interested in if the intermittent fasting thing is your go.
I get that it’s not for everyone, and for some people it’s probably better to not skip a meal, but if it works for you, this research I found on Science Direct might be of interest.
Basically, the study wanted to see what other benefits intermittent fasting had apart from weight loss (participants were fed enough food to maintain their weight).
Their approach was different to mine with this. They fed people earlier in the day to work in with the bodies circadian rhythms in metabolism.
The first group had a 6 hour feeding window (with dinner before 3pm) and the second group was a control group that had a 12 hour feeding window between 8am-8pm.
Now I’ll clarify all the findings by saying that the study was done on pre-diabetic men, so take that for what you will, but the findings are interesting nonetheless.
Everything from improving cell functioning, to lowering blood pressure, to less oxidative stress and increasing insulin sensitivity.
They also found that it lowered the desire to eat in the evening.
So all positives – and that’s not even taking into account weight loss – which of course it can help with if that is what people want and they are changing how much they ate too.
So that all looks good for the intermittent fasting thing.
The only thing I would’ve liked to have seen was this study vs the same approach but with a later feeding window.
So no breakfast but eating dinner at say 6-7pm.
It’ll be interesting to see if the results still stacked up the same.
The downside of this approach in the study was of course no regular dinner. Which is obviously a family time together or a social occasion if you actually get to eat with adults!
As a result this approach wouldn’t be for everyone with the feeding cycle.
But if it works for you, it might be worth a try if it’s something you’re interested in.
Let me know your thoughts on fasting and if you’ve tried it or not, and how it worked for you.
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