Study under review: Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges
Short-term fasting due to religious beliefs has been practiced for thousands of years. More recently, intermittent fasting (IF) has been becoming more popular. There are different kinds of IF, including randomly skipping a meal/meals, alternate day fasting, and using time-restricted feeding (TRF) windows.
A TRF protocol has participants consuming all of their daily energy intake within a set window of time (four hours, six hours, etc), inducing a 12-22 hour daily fasted window. While human trials are limited, an increasing number of animal studies are showing that TRF appears to be beneficial for improving many chronic disease risk factors, even while consuming a diet that should otherwise make the animal obese and diabetic.
Prior to this new study, however, it was not known if the benefits of TRF extended beyond protection against high-fat diets, or if TRF could be protective against excessive sugar or fructose intake. Questions also remained about TRF’s effect on pre-existing obesity, as well as its lasting effects.
Time-restricted feeding (TRF) has been a part of religious practices for thousands of years. Recently it has captured the attention of biomedical research due to promising research for disease prevention, mostly in animal studies.
Other Articles in Issue #03 (January 2015)
Heart benefits of alcohol may not apply to everyone
CETP TaqiB genotype modifies the association between alcohol and coronary heart disease: The INTERGENE case-control study.
Type 2 diabetes: a preventable disease
A look at the increase in global diabetes risk and the reason behind the growing rate of type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Investigating a progression of carb and saturated fat intakes
Effects of stepwise increases in dietary carbohydrate on circulating saturated fatty acids and palmitoleic acid in adults with metabolic syndrome.
Whence the hype?
The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study.
Running on empty: can we chase the fat away?
Body composition changes associated with fasted versus non-fasted aerobic exercise.
Fitting into your genes: do genetic testing-based dietary recommendations work?
Disclosure of genetic information and change in dietary intake: a randomized controlled trial.
How does a lifetime of marijuana use affect the brain?
Long-term effects of marijuana on the brain.
A mouse’s microbiome may cause its brain to leak
The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice.
- Interview: Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., FACN, FACSM
- Interview: Ramsey Nijem