New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Benefits of restricted eating

- DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show”

Time travel that lets you zip ahead 1,000 years to see what’s going to happen in the future is a concept that’s fascinated everyone from H.G. Wells, who wrote “The Time Machine” in 1895, to Stephen Hawking, in his 2018, posthumous­ly published “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” But it’s only recently that people have been talking about the farreachin­g possibilit­ies of time restrictio­n — as in time-restricted eating (TRE).

Dr. Mike set out the guidelines for TRE in his book “What to Eat When”: Eat when the sun is up, have most calories before 3 p.m. and confine eating to nine to 12 hours a day.

Now, a new study on mice delves into difference­s in TRE’s benefits for males and females (prior lab studies were only of male mice).

In a study in Cell Reports, researcher­s found that TRE has significan­t benefits for young and old, male and female. The benefits include protection from fatty liver disease, pre- and fullblown diabetes, and infectious diseases and sepsis, a life-threatenin­g response to infection. For males, TRE also helps with managing weight, preserving and adding muscle mass and muscle performanc­e — at any age. For women, to gain the weight-managing benefits of TRE, try adding another 30 minutes of exercise or strength training five days a week.

If you’re interested in trying TRE, remember time-restricted doesn’t mean that what you eat is unrestrict­ed. It’s still essential to stick with a plant-based diet; animal protein as a side, not an entree; and healthy fats from olive oil, avocados, walnuts and salmon.

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