Study Suggests that a Precisely Timed High Fat Diet Can Reset Your Metabolism
Researches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have demonstrated that a precisely timed high-fat diet contributes to a metabolism in which fats are allocated for energy instead of being stored in the body.
Published under the title “Timed high fat diet resets circadian metabolism and prevents obesity” in The FASEB Journal, the study contradicts previous animal studies that suggested that high fat diets lead to obesity by a disruption of natural circadian rhythms.
Professors Oren Froy and Zecharia Madar collaborated with research students and doctors, hypothesizing that by keeping meal frequency on a strict schedule, they could help to control individual’s metabolisms. They would administer regular feedings at precise times to fuse a high fat diet without the disrupting the animal’s regular rhythms.
Details of the Study
The researchers fed a group of mice high fat foods at regular intervals for 18 weeks. These mice were examined in relation to three other groups of mice. One ate high fat foods without regular feeding intervals, eating when they chose. Another ate low-fat foods at their own frequency. A third ate low-fat foods with regular intervals administered by the researchers. Calories remained the same in all groups.
The mice that ate high-fat foods in an unscheduled fashion gained the greatest amount of body weight. The mice that gained the lowest amount of body weight were in the groups that ate their meals at frequencies determined by the researchers. The mice that ate high-fat foods at regular intervals exhibited less weight gain than the mice eating low-fat foods at unscheduled times.
Additionally, the mice that consumed high-fat foods at intervals determined by the researchers displayed a metabolism in which ingested fats were used for energy between meals, instead of being stored as bodyfat.
What Does This Mean?
Though the studies were performed with animals and plenty more research needs to be done, science is starting to catch up with bodybuilder’s concept of nutrient timing. Whether it’s experimenting with intermittent fasting, or stressing the importance of a post workout meal, weightlifters and bodybuilders are always personally testing new ways to build the bodies of their dreams. In fact, though they are not scientists and aren’t performing traditional experiments with control groups and determined variables, bodybuilders are often years ahead of the medical profession when it comes to nutrition and muscle-building concepts.
Healthful High Fat Diet Foods
If you’d like to include some nutritious foods in your high fat diet, make sure to get a an even proportion of the three basic fat types. Saturated fats are precursors to testosterone and are found in red meats and milk. Monounsaturated fats are the heart-healthy fats you find in avocados, almonds, and olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats have a whole range of benefits and are found in fatty fish and walnuts. For a diet plan built around protein and fat that strips pounds away, you should consider the keto diet.