The food program was studied by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and requires that all three main meals be consumed within six hours
Diets are not for you, why can't you reduce the number of calories you eat each day? It is a common problem: the failure rates of diets, according to statistics, are around 95%. But now new research has identified a "secret" for burn excess fat without changing the amount of calories on the plate. According to the study conducted by the Italian researcher Eleonora Poggiogalle of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the USA with the team of Eric Ravussin and Courtney Peterson (and currently at La Sapienza University of Rome), the secret is to consume the three meals of the day over the span of just six hours.
The diet of the clock: times
We start at 8 am with breakfast, have lunch at 11 and have dinner at 14 in the afternoon. In the 18 hours between the last meal and the first of the following day, however, fast. This "clock diet" also determines the decrease in appetite, and therefore can be followed without too much effort and without even having to reduce the amount of sugar and fat ingested. It is a diet balanced: it provides 50% of carbohydrates, 35% of fats and 15% of proteins, which however must be taken strictly in the first part of the day.
To demonstrate the efficacy of this food program, scholars have asked overweight patients, aged 20 to 45, to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner over 12 hours, from 8 to 20, for four days in a row . For the next four days, however, the time frame for meals was reduced from 8 to 14. In this second phase, the researchers found a reduction of ghrelin levels, the hormone responsible for increasing the "sense of hunger". The key factor was the 18-hour fast, which allows for optimize fat disposal without adverse health effects.