New study shows intermittent fasting promotes metabolic health
Time-restricted eating, a form of intermittent fasting, has shown promise in promoting metabolic health.
Intermittent fasting (which limits the eating time to several hours each day) has better compliance among people practicing it and retains key metabolic benefits, as compared to caloric restriction.
A new study in mice shows that time-restricted feeding (TRF) influences the activity of genes in 22 diverse tissues all over the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and gut.
“Our results open the door for looking more closely at how this nutritional intervention activates genes involved in specific diseases, such as cancer,” senior author Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D., who holds the Rita and Richard Atkinson Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, told Medical News Today.
In addition, another recent study in mice found that the fasting eating pattern may even have anticancer effects.
“I have seen intermittent fasting work as an extremely effective tool for my clients who need to lose weight,” said “A huge plus is that it discourages mindless snacking, which is a problem for many,” Kimberly Gomer, RD, a dietitian and director of nutrition at Body Beautiful Miami in Miami, Florida, told Medical News Today.