According to new research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, limiting carbohydrate consumption to dinner could help reduce morbid and severe obesity.
The study, which was led by a research student Sigal Sofer under the supervision of Zecharia Madar, Ph.D., assigned 78 policemen to either be on an experimental diet in which carbohydrates were limited to dinner or a weight-loss diet in which carb consumption was spread throughout the day. During the study, the subjects’ leptin, ghrelin and adiponectin levels were monitored. These hormones are linked to satiety, hunger and obesity respectively.
“The idea came about from studies on Muslims during Ramadan, when they fast during the day and eat high-carbohydrate meals in the evening, that showed the secretion curve of leptin was changed,” said Madar.
The results showed that the the hormone levels in the patients who only ate carbohydrates during dinner changed so they experienced less hunger, improved weight, abdominal circumference and body fat levels, along with healthier rates of blood sugar and inflammation.
Madar noted that the results show that this could be a new beneficial form of dieting and the next step is to research what caused the change in hormone levels.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that nearly 35.7 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, and in 2008, the total medical costs incurred due to obesity-related ailments was $147 billion. Some of the health risks associated with obesity include type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Besides losing weight, the University of Maryland reports that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids has also been proven to help reduce the risk of these conditions. You can get omega-3s from chia seeds, flax seeds and Omegakrill supplements from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.
To prevent obesity, the Mayo Clinic recommends exercising for at least 150 minutes a week and eating a low calorie diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.