A new study has shown that it’s possible to have your cake and still remain thin and healthy.
The study, which was conducted on mice by regulatory biologist Satchidanada Panda, revealed that it is possible to eat fatty foods and still have little risk of weight gain and the diseases that come with it. If you do want to eat a snack, eat it earlier, then wait 16 hours to eat it again.
Panda’s study was published online by the journal Cell Metabolism and tested mice’s eating habits over 100 days. The control group ate regular food, while two groups ate high-fat, high-calorie food.
One of the groups who were fed high-fat, high-calorie foods were allowed to eat whenever they wanted, and thus became obese. The other group, who were only able to eat high-fat foods for eight hours, were just as lean as the mice in the control group. The obese mice had high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, but the other group who was forced to fast, showed no signs of inflammation.
This study suggests that our stomach’s, brain’s, and body’s digestive machinery needs a break from incoming fuel.
The study, however, hasn’t come without controversy. Obesity researchers are skeptical, since mice aren’t tempted by fast food and other sugary sweets. Panda has acknowledged though that his research needs to be refined and tested on humans.