It’s that time of the night again. You’re all riled up from the final outrageous scene of “Scandal,” and suddenly find yourself in the kitchen raiding the refrigerator or pantry for something salty, fatty or sweet.
The study, published Wednesday in the journal Cell #metabolism, used a mouse model to demonstrate the effectiveness of a time-restricted eating strategy for maintaining a healthy weight. Though it has yet to be tested on humans, the researchers are optimistic it could help a person stay trim as well.
Time-restriction diets also appear to aid weight loss in a significant way. At one point in the study, the researchers put the obese mice that were eating all the time on a 9-hour time-restricted diet and observed they lost 5 percent of their body fat within a few days, even though they were given a diet with the same caloric and fat content. Additionally, the mice that ate a non-restricted diet on the weekend but stuck to the time restrictions during the week also didn’t get fatter.
Rule of thumb: Don’t eat within 4 hours of bedtime and you’ll lose weight.