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Best Time to Eat
When you eat may be as important as what you eat. If you can restrict the number of hours you feast each day to an eight-hour window—9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for instance—you may be healthier and slimmer (no kale required). A study at the Salk Institute found that mice that gorged on a high-fat diet for only eight hours a day weighed 28 percent less and had few health problems compared with those that consumed the same amount of fatty food throughout all their waking hours. Time-restricted eating entrains the circadian clock and metabolic pathways, the researchers find. The result is a system that soaks up nutrients and burns off fats more efficiently. (Caveat: Scientists are optimistic that these findings also apply to humans, but further research is required.)
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