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Plan­ning to eat ear­lier? “Make sure din­ner con­tains enough pro­tein – it’s the only macronu­tri­ent that sends chem­i­cal mes­sages to your brain to sig­nal you feel full,” Beck ad­vises. Plus, eat fi­bre-rich foods to help man­age ap­petite. “If you do feel hunger and crav­ings later in the evening, first ask your­self if you’re truly hun­gry or just eat­ing out of habit. Also, have a glass of wa­ter to make sure you’re not just thirsty.”

How­ever, un­til science catches up, it’s a case of ‘watch this space’. “Our un­der­stand­ing of nu­tri­tion, as op­posed to fast­ing, is a lot more ad­vanced,” Beck ex­plains. “Cur­rently, we have a pretty ex­ten­sive (but cer­tainly not com­plete) un­der­stand­ing of nu­tri­ents that our bod­ies re­quire to grow, de­velop and main­tain health. We also know that if these nu­tri­ents aren’t pro­vided in our di­ets over an ex­tended pe­riod of time, then we’re likely to de­velop po­ten­tially de­bil­i­tat­ing nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies.” Real world trans­la­tion: let’s not eat fries for 10 hours and hope the clock will erase the dam­age.

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