Those of you who have read my thread on the supplements I take know that, while I am suitably skeptical about mouse studies, the contents of my daily-fist-full-o-pills contains so many things shown to extend the lifespan of mice that I worry that, should a mouse somehow get hold of one of my little plastic bags of pills, that rodent would still be on hand to witness the heat death of the universe.
My current shocking diet has two components: first, it is fairly low in carbohydrates, and second, I try to eat one meal a day. Here's a new study that shows how healthy that second part is if you happen to be a mouse*.
Time-Restricted Feeding Prevents Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Mice Lacking a Circadian Clock
Actually, the finding is broader than the title suggests since they found that the feeding regimen also protected wild variety mice who would otherwise become fat and unhealthy.
* Tall Allen will be thrilled.
PDA, I am sure you realize that, whatever degree you might be lowering net carbs is significantly added to by your intermittent fasting approach of 1 meal a day.
For any that might not know: if you eat one meal per day (or even 2 meals a day say between 3PM and supper, or an 0900 breakfast and a 1PM lunch, or whatever fasting approach one finds easiest ), you are by definition cutting carbs. Unless you eat as many calories at the one meal as you would have eaten in 3 meals + snacks(very unlikely in my experience), you are cutting carbs even if you make no other effort to do so. Even if you pay no attention to % of calories from carb or whatever, and you just keep on eating whatever you normally eat, you have still cut carbs. Someone might ask: "how so?".
I am glad you asked!
It is so simple! Say John Doe is eating an average of 2500 calories(adjust up or down accordingly to how much you eat) per day, equally divided by 3 meals per day, for 833 calories per meal. And lets say they have been following the oft recommended 25%(or less) of calories from fat(625 calories, 70 gm) and 15% from protein(375 calories, 94 gm) and 60% (most get more) from carbs(1500 calories, 375 gm of carb/day). You will be eating a whopping 375 gm of carb per day.
So, you decide to get your fill of food in one meal a day. If you are like me, even though you are really hungry around lunch time, you find that it gets no worse or hunger even decreases by supper, and you end up eating about
the same amount that you would have normally eaten for supper. I also think my stomach sort of shrinks and I seem to get full quicker.
If so, and I eat a normal supper of 833 calories, at the same 60% from carb, I will consume 500 calories from carb, or 124 gm. So I am down from 375 gm carb per day to 124. A 66% reduction of carb intake. Not too shabby without even counting carbs or anything else, I just ate my normal supper and was satiated by that.
Not exactly Atkins, but a significant reduction none the less. But what if I do actually stuff myself at supper because I am so hungry, and eat 25% more calories than I normally would at super? So, my 833 calorie meal is now 1041 calories. At the same 60% from carb, I will eat 624 calories from carb, or 624/4 calories per gm of carb = 156. Still, even then a reduction from 375 to 156, almost a 60% reduction in gms of carb taken in per day.
In addition to the other claimed benefits from fasting, this will result in a stretch during the day of almost no insulin production, as well as a much lower daily average insulin load in response to less carb. Some are claiming that to develop insulin resistance(prediabetes/metabolic syndrome, and finally type 2 diabetes), the blood level of insulin needs to be both high and chronic, IOW insulin produced most of the day(3 meals + frequent snacks, each responded to with an insulin dump into the blood stream).
So, even if you managed to eat 3 meals worth of calories in one meal(VERY unlikely, though you might over do it for a meal or 2 while getting used to it), simply not having a high insulin level all day long is probably going to be beneficial health wise. IMO. One of the elements needed for insulin resistance- chronically high insulin levels- will be done away with or reduced. In the far more likely event that a person will end up eating far fewer calories on average, then the total load of carb will be automatically reduced, as will the insulin produced in response to those carbs.
So, almost certainly, any form of fasting is also a significantly lower carb(hence lower insulin) diet. EDIT: whether or not you lower the % of calories from carbs- the more common way to eat low carb, Atkins et all- you still lower the net total cabs consumed in a day. Even if % remains the same. But, if one also tries to lower the % of carb in any meal........ well, you can see where this is going.
Post Edited (BillyBob@388) : 9/3/2018 11:56:51 AM (GMT-6)