THE FINAL VERDICT
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.