Eat less at the right time to live longer, study says

Wrong eating habits are linked to a number of health problems in humans, and today science is trying to move forward to find out what is actually working in this area in order to increase people’s lifespan.

A new study was published Thursday (5/5) in the journal Science suggesting that in addition to eating less, we should focus our meals on times when we are most active. The work was done by a team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US, and mice were used as guinea pigs.

During the experiment, by reducing the diet of mice, the researchers were able to make them live about 10% longer than expected.

And when, in addition to reducing calories, scientists also limited food intake to the time of the greatest activity of rodents – in this case at night – the life expectancy of animals increased by 35%. In other words, eating less at the right time would be the key to a long life.

Leading the work, molecular biologist Joseph Takahashi, known for his research on circadian cycles, explains that a possible adaptation for humans would be to limit food intake to the daytime. And on the Science Alert website, he added that he himself does this in his daily life.

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In recent years, diets that advocate limiting food for certain periods as a weight loss strategy have become popular.

However, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that meal times don’t really matter when it comes to weight loss. As practice shows, for weight loss it is necessary to close your mouth.

However, a study published in the journal Science focuses on longevity. The hypothesis, which should be further explored by further research, is that calorie restriction, combined with setting a specific time period for eating, compensates for the metabolic decline that occurs over time. “In our study, we found profound differences in life expectancy,” says Takahashi.


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