“He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well.” ~ English Proverb
Time-Restricted Eating (TRE)
Intermittent Fasting, Time-Restricted Eating, Time-Restricted Feasting, 5:2 Diet, Eat. Stop. Eat, Alternate Day Fasting, The Warrior Diet…
You can see how much a quick google search generates when it comes to the idea of eating outside of the American norm of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. There are hundreds of different ways when it comes to a fasting routine. Many of the differences between these are merely due to semantics.
Regarding Tiger Medical Institute, we are huge fans of Time-Restricted Eating and primarily focus on that for our clients. There are numerous benefits that we will dive into, as well as its relatively simplistic and sustainable approach.
Time-Restricted Eating (TRE) is more than just a diet to lose weight.
Can you lose weight while practicing TRE? Yes, of course. Could you also gain weight while practicing TRE? Yes, absolutely.
TRE is not the magical “be-all, end-all” silver bullet to cracking your health/performance issues. However, it is an integral part of the puzzle.
Why We Like It
TRE has multiple benefits for your brain and body. Tiger encourages most clients to practice TRE because we believe it is vital to line up eating with your circadian rhythm.
A TRE plan follows the circadian clocks of the organs involved in your digestive process. Some functions must happen during your daily eating windows. Why? There are critical functions that must occur during the evening and night according to a regular rhythm.
When you continue eating from early morning until late at night, the processes opposite digestion fail to occur, leading to problems. When you take a break between meals, your glucose levels remain stable, your insulin levels drop, and your body has a chance to “clean up shop” - all of which can support benefits like weight loss and longevity.
Another reason why we like TRE is that it helps promote Autophagy, a cellular waste removal process that happens when you fast, resulting in improved cellular efficiency and body functions.
Autophagy is essential because our cells need to be cleaned regularly. When we are constantly eating, it discourages this process.
Exercise also helps promote autophagy.
Autophagy benefits can include:
- Removing toxic proteins from the cells that are attributed to neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease).
- Enhanced cognitive function
- Promotes regeneration of healthy cells
- Anti-aging properties
While there are many different intermittent fasting protocols and many different types of fasting guides to follow, we at Tiger promote TRE for its many benefits, simplicity, and sustainability to incorporate into your likely busy life.
Give it a try, and let us know what you think!