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Can When You Eat Affect Your Health?

Time to Eat

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  • New research suggests that when you eat could be just as important as what you eat … and possibly even more so
  • Mice that fasted for 16 hours a day stayed lean and healthy even when fed a high-calorie diet; their mouse counterparts that had access to food day and night became obese and showed blood sugar and liver problems despite eating the same number of calories
  • Other research suggests fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes similar to those that occur when you exercise, offering protection against chronic disease
  • Fasting does not mean starving yourself; options for intermittent fasting include skipping breakfast, cutting off your food intake in the early evening or late afternoon, or even simply delaying meals, such as breakfast, until after you exercise

By Dr. Mercola

Intriguing new research is adding weight to the notion that when you eat could be just as important as what you eat... and possibly even more so.


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