A popular belief says that the number of calories consumed impacts directly the weight, and, as a result, we need to cut off our favourite dishes. The truth is eating the right food is just halfway to maintaining or reaching the desired shape. What is the other thing as important as an effective diet? Timing, science says.
Researchers have analysed the genes in control of the biological clock, and the new observation implies that knowing the perfect time to eat our meal is a game-changer for losing weight, as well as adding years to one’s life.
Dr. Joseph Takahashi found the first gene that set the mammals’ biological clock and was awarded the Gruber Neuroscience Prize for his insights into the circadian rhythms at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.
The UT Southwestern scientist believes that digging further into this matter may lead to another significant discovery.
I’m extremely excited about the future of our research into calories and lifespan,” Dr. Takahashi stated. “Every time we do an experiment, a new set of questions opens. It keeps unfolding. … One of the best things about being a scientist is that you keep finding new discoveries and new phenomena that you didn’t realize were there.”
The Biological Clock Have a Say in Everything
Over time, he noticed how the biological clock affects every form of life, from parasites to mammals.
Another trial outlined how critical it is to resist the snacking temptation at night for healthy skin. It might seem a standard warning, but late-night snacking reduces the skin’s ability to fight the sun’s UV rays.
He made tests on mice using high-tech sensors and automated feeding, leaving behind the old methods that implied the manual feeding of mice and other scientific ‘struggles.’ The mice that ate only according to their biological clock, in the normal feeding/active cycle, lost weight even though all groups of mice consumed the same quantity of food. Dr. Takalashi intends to find the best eating schedule to measure the results on the lifespan. Is the calorie reduction or timing that hangs heavier in the balance? “The answer may be a balance of both.”