Circadian fasting may be the solution to improving metabolic health
Eating according to your circadian rhythms means you take advantage of this natural period of increased metabolic activity.
Current research on meal timing suggests that fasting early can help lower blood sugar (glucose) levels, control weight, and improve body composition. Some studies indicate this previous caloric intake 2per day before 3:00 p.m. is associated with consuming fewer calories per day and having a better quality diet, while consuming a higher percentage of daily calories after 8:00 p.m. is associated with higher body mass index (BMI) and body fat.
So there’s pretty well-established (and growing) evidence for eating earlier in the day. However, what still comes up is the comparison of the fasting time period. So far, evidence shows that early, time-restricted feedings can lower fasting blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, meaning your cells are more responsive to the hormone that helps the body use glucose better. And late feeding with limited time can raise blood sugar.
But from a fasting perspective, intermittent fasting is generally considered beneficial therapeutic approach to the treatment of type 2 diabetes3.
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