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“Scheduled” High-Fat Feedings Prevent Obesity

September 12, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Animal-based research conducted in Israel has found that the timing of consumption of a high-fat diet is important to its impact on weight loss. A carefully scheduled high-fat diet can reduce body weight and induce changes metabolism: ingested fat is not stored but is used as energy between meals. For 18 weeks, mice fed a high-fat diet on a fixed schedule were compared to mice that ate scheduled and unscheduled low-fat diets, and a high-fat diet on a fixed schedule. The mice on the scheduled high-fat diet had a lower final body weight than mice on an unscheduled high-fat diet, as well as mice on the unscheduled low-fat diet, though both consumed the same number of calories.
H. Sherman et al., "Timed high-fat diet resets circadian metabolism and prevents obesity", The FASEB Journal, September 12, 2012, © Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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