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According to Prof. Froy, “Our research shows that the timing of food consumption takes precedence over the amount of fat in the diet, leading to improved metabolism and helping to prevent obesity. Improving metabolism through the careful scheduling of meals, without limiting the content of the daily menu, could be used as a therapeutic tool to prevent obesity in humans.”

This makes sense in a way with what we've been told for years: yo-yo dieting will actually make you gain weight in the long run by making your body start to be more efficient at expending fewer calories and more efficient at storing them because of the feeling that starvation times may be coming.

Beyond the high-fat scheduled, vs. low-fat unscheduled, I'd like to see what happens if the number of calories are designed to create weight loss and then one group is fed on a schedule and one is fed unscheduled. I'd be willing to bet that the scheduled group would lose more weight, not so much because of the high-fat, but rather because their bodies wouldn't be trying to conserve all the calories they received expecting a famine.

Our bodies have not really evolved all that much from our hunter/gatherer ancestors. Back then, feast or famine was a way of life and we would store fat before winter, and slowly use a lot of it during the elan times when foliage was sparse and the number of game animals was limited. Our bodies developed the ability to conserve those calories so we could live longer on less food. Now, we have food available literally 24/7/365, but we try to starve ourselves, thinking that we'll fit into those smaller pants, or look great for some fill-in-the-blank special event, we can sometimes lose weight quickly, but the next time we try the same strategy, we find that the weight is a little harder to lose. After years of yo-yoing, we can find weight loss almost impossible. I really do think that the key is to eat healthy food, spread evenly through the day, not gorged at 3 meals or worse, skipping meals in anticipation of eating more later.

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