When it Comes to Obesity – An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Fat
Obesity is an ongoing problem, despite the many weight loss drugs, surgeries, exercise programs and other plans for losing pounds. Dr. Panda tells us that, “When a disease becomes an epidemic, prevention becomes the most effective way to combat it. Obesity and metabolic diseases are diseases of prevention – rarely diseases of cure. Unfortunately, for over 50 years of medical research we have only two lifestyle intervention recommendation for obesity prevention – low caloric intake and increased exercise. the first one rests on the dogma that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. And it is almost impossible to count calories on a consistent basis and reduce intake for each and every meal. Exercise is definitely good, but our children have increasingly limited access to safe schools and parks for physical activity. We know these two interventions dont work. So, we think if successful, overnight fasting will be effective in preventing obesity. At least we will cut down eating for a few hours and automatically reduce caloric intake, second with increased fasting we will begin to burn fat and increase basal metabolic rate. The good hope is unlike a new gene that promises a pill 10 years down the road that often ends with a failure in clinical trial or adverse side effects in patients, we can test this hypothesis in only a couple of years in human with very little cost to the taxpayers or to the biotech research venture.
Dr. Panda’s research shows that when we eat, may just be as important as what we eat. Exercise, healthy eating, and watching when you eat may help you shed some unwanted pounds, and be healthier overall. We’ll be watching for that next round of research, in humans – until then, as always, consult your physician before making changes to your eating habits or beginning any course of weight loss or exercise.
Hatori et al.; Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet. (2012). Cell Metabolism. Accessed on May 17, 2012.