Could the secret to dieting be when you eat?

Could the secret to dieting be when you eat?

Losing weight is something that plays on all our minds, yet whilst some of us find it easy to shift the pounds, for others it is not always that simple.

Luckily you may soon be able to change that…

According to new research from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem it may be possible to train your metabolism to work harder during specific periods of the day so you are able to burn more fat.

In fact, by eating 3 meals at set times every day, researchers believe your body clock will be able to recognise when you are eating and improve your metabolisms efficiency during this period.

How does it work – the study

Based on studies performed on mice, researchers split them into 4 groups consisting of: high fat restricted feeding time, high fat unrestricted feeding time, low fat time restricted feeding time and low fat unrestricted feeding time; to examine the effect their body clock could have on their metabolism.

Fed these fat controlled diets over 18 weeks, researchers found that whilst they were all given the same number of calories, those on the time restricted high fat diet put on less weight that those on the unrestricted low fat diet – 12% lower bodyweight and 21% lower cholesterol.

What does this mean for you?

Whilst this research is not meant to suggest that you can eat a high fat diet at set times without putting on weight (those on the high fat diet still put on weight, but more slowly). This research does show that by regulating when you eat you can be more successful with your weight loss.

All you need to do is ensure that you follow a balanced diet containing all your major food groups and exercise regularly. Do that and you can sync your body clock and ensure that metabolism is burning at the right time.

What else can I do?

Although eating right and exercising regularly can encourage weight loss, there are other natural things you can do to offer your body more support.

Take the following 3 herbs for instance. Each is reputed to be beneficial on your appetite and blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon – this herb can help to regulate your blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of food so you are left feeling fuller for longer. Also known to help move fat from your liver (to be used for energy), by metabolising fats more readily this can lower your bad cholesterol levels.

Other uses of Cinnamon – sweet in flavour, Cinnamon can discourage cravings. Known for its anti-fungal properties, Cinnamon can kill off parasites and yeast overgrowth that can lead to sugar cravings.
Garcinia – this berry is traditionally used in weight loss supplements due to its ability to act as an appetite suppressant and prevent your body from making and storing fat. Known to block the enzyme responsible for converting carbohydrates into body fat, Garcinia can encourage natural weight loss.
Siberian Ginseng – an adaptogen herb, Ginseng can increase your access to stored energy, making you less tired and more able to stick to a routine and exercise.

Any one of these herbs can improve your weight loss chances and ensure you lose weight naturally.

So why not try combining them with a balanced diet and exercise, and see if keeping your meals to set times can help you to lose weight more successfully.

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