Intermittent Fasting Shreds Belly Fat, Reduces Heart Disease – Study
Researchers have found that a 10-hour time-restricted eating window “intermittent fasting” results in weight loss and reduced abdominal fat, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The pilot study could lead to a new treatment option for metabolic syndrome, a condition affecting 30% of the US population, which can lead to diabetes, strokes and heart disease.
Study author Satchidananda Panda said: “Unlike counting calories, time-restricted eating is a simple dietary intervention to incorporate, and we found that participants were able to keep the eating schedule.”
Time-restricted eating, also known as intermittent fasting, supports an individual’s circadian rhythms and can maximize health benefits, as evidenced by previous research published by the Salk team.
Circadian rhythms are the 24-hour cycles of biological processes that affect nearly every cell in the body.
Increasingly, scientists are finding that erratic eating patterns can disrupt this system and increase the risk for metabolic syndrome and other metabolic disorders with such symptoms as increased abdominal fat, abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides, and high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
“Eating and drinking everything (except water) within a consistent 10-hour window allows your body to rest and restore for 14 hours at night. Your body can also anticipate when you will eat so it can prepare to optimize metabolism,” said Emily Manoogian, the paper’s co-first author and a postdoctoral fellow in the Panda lab.
“We wanted to know if controlling the timing of food intake to support circadian rhythms would improve the health of individuals that were already being treated for cardiometabolic diseases,” she added.
Co-author Michael Wilkinson said: “We suspected a 10-hour eating intervention might be beneficial because of Satchidananda Panda’s pioneering work in animals, which showed that time-restricted eating led to dramatic health benefits, including a healthier metabolism.”
“Adapting this 10-hour time-restricted eating is an easy and cost-effective method for reducing symptoms of metabolic syndrome and improving health,” added Panda.
“By delaying the onset of diabetes by even one year in a million people with prediabetes, the intervention could save roughly 9.6 billion dollars in healthcare costs.”