Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

Studies presented at the Strauss Institute conference prove that the hour in which we eat strongly affects our health. Amali Messika, Chief Dietician at Strauss Group, explains how fixed timing of meals (even large ones) can contribute to weight loss

The Strauss Institute conference, held this year, showcased innovative studies on proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Guest of honor at this conference was Prof. Jay Hoffman, head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Florida.

The findings he presented fascinated the conference participants and will probably interest you as well. Prof. Hoffman surprised the participants when he recommended drinking a glass of chocolate milk after a workout. According to him, food products can replace most of the food additives athletes and people engaged in sporting activities consume.

Take, for example, the proteins that athletes and many other people consume to recover from a strenuous workout. A glass of chocolate milk within an hour from completing a workout will do the same job.   Carbohydrates combined with proteins after a workout have the same effect as a protein additive. This glass of chocolate milk effectively gives the body back what it lost during exercise.


Prof. Hoffman, an American-born Israeli who serves in the Israeli Air Force reserves, was a professional football player who, after retiring, devoted his life to nutritional research that improves sports performance In recent years, Hoffman started to apply his knowledge to the entire population, and he currently works with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) on improving the performance of soldiers in combat units.  

In his lecture, he also addressed the issue of energy drinks whose popularity has increased significantly. He said that while the consumption of sugary drinks in the U.S. is declining, energy drinks are on the rise.      

These drinks are specifically common among athletes Hoffman believes that many nutritional supplements will be become redundant if we consume food in a balanced and timely way. Prof. Oren Froy, from the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Hebrew University, also based his studies on our biological clock. Prof. Froy's lecture addressed timed eating, moving and sleeping.  

A study conducted under his activity in the Hebrew University found that timed eating which includes appropriate ratios of protein, carbohydrates and fats, with an emphasis on timing their consumption during the day, will actually result in weight loss and unique metabolism that utilizes fats more optimally during our sleep hour and stores less fats in our fat tissue, thus helping us reduce weight.  

A study conducted as part of his activity in the Hebrew University found that timed eating which includes high-fat foods will actually result in weight reduction and unique metabolism that doesn't store fats in fat tissue but rather utilizes them more for energy in the absence of available food.   Recent studies have shown that our biological clock controls the energy balance and metabolism. High-fat foods disrupt the biological clock, thereby causing metabolic disorders that create weight gain.      

Prof. Froy demonstrated in his lecture that by regulating our internal body clock we can help fight the war on obesity: "We have shown that time-constrained eating which does not limit the average daily caloric intake provides a timing signal for the entire system.  

"The evident conclusion of the new studies is that on the one hand it is important to maintain a balance in our meals and, on the other hand, it is important to eat at regular times and incorporate physical activity at regular times, provided it is not taking place in the late hours of the day.  

Such a lifestyle that combines adaptation of personal guidelines can aid our weight-loss process and, primarily, help us maintain a healthy lifestyle over time. Holding scientific conferences for researchers and developing tools to promote a healthy lifestyle are a material part of activities at the Strauss Institute.