Eating less and at the right time helps you live longer, says study

Improper eating habits are associated with a number of health problems for humans, and today science is trying to find out what really works in this area in order to make people live longer.

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

During the experiment, the researchers reduced the mice’s diet, allowing the mice to live about 10% longer than expected.

When the scientists, in addition to cutting calories, also limited meals to when the rodents were most active—in this case, at night—the animals’ life expectancy increased by 35%. In other words, eating less and at the right time will be the key to living longer.

The study’s lead, molecular biologist Joseph Takahashi, who is noted for studies of the circadian cycle, explains that one possible adaptation for humans would be to limit meals to the daytime period. And she added to the Science Alert website that she does this herself in her daily routine.

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

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, has shown that mealtimes don’t make much of a difference when it comes to weight loss. As practice shows, closing your mouth is very important for weight loss.

The study, published in Science, however, focuses on longevity. The hypothesis that needs to be explored further with further research is that calorie restriction combined with establishing a specific time to eat will compensate for the decrease in metabolism that occurs over time. “We found profound differences in life expectancy in our study,” Takahashi says.

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