New weight loss method: twelve-hour rule helps with weight loss
Those who want to reduce their weight often torment themselves with diets where you are not allowed to eat this or that. However, a study has shown that it is not so much what is consumed that is important, but when. The so-called "twelve-hour rule" can therefore help you lose weight successfully.
When you consider that being overweight or obese can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as a heart attack, there are certainly enough reasons to lose those extra pounds. Many try to slim down again through dieting. But a large part of these methods are not suitable for everyday use and experts have been arguing for years about which form of diet is the best. According to a new study, it doesn't matter what is eaten, but when.
Study with mice
A research team led by Dr. Satchidananda Panda from the Salk Insitute in California found that the body burns a lot of fat and calories when food is only consumed within a certain period of time.
For the study, the scientists put 400 mice on different diets: some of the animals were fed a diet that was high in fat or high in sugar and fat.
Others were given a high-sugar diet and still others were given a balanced diet or were fed in different time windows.
12-hour rule has an effect
It was shown that those rodents who were only allowed to eat their food within a time window of nine to twelve hours remained slimmer overall than the mice who were allowed to consume the same amount of food over 24 hours.
Even the animals, which were allowed to eat for 24 hours at the weekend, but returned to the maximum 12-hour rule during the week, do less than those who always had food at their disposal.
Overweight animals even lost weight according to this principle.
Not suitable for eating every time of the day
The idea of eating only within a certain period of time is not new. For example, there are so-called interval fasting or diet approaches that only suggest eating until a certain time. In addition, nutritionists repeatedly emphasize that not every time of day is suitable for eating.
If you are still eating late at night, the food is difficult in the stomach because it has already switched to sleep mode.
However, such diets should be used with caution. Even if this can reduce the calorie intake, it remains important what is consumed in the remaining twelve hours.
With pizza, fries and pasta, those wanting to lose weight could quickly slip into an unhealthy vicious circle.
Further research planned
This means that, among other things, care must be taken to ensure a balanced vitamin intake. Long fasting can also lead to hunger attacks that are difficult to control.
Furthermore, it is pointed out that the study results in mice cannot be directly transferred to humans.
Further research should therefore show what the 12-hour rule can really mean for weight loss in humans. (sb, ad)