Have you seen Rhonda Patrick’s interview with Satchin Panda?
Rhonda also discussed this on Joe Rogan’s show.
Dr. Panda has been investigating the circadian clock, and how food affects it. Specifically, he found that mice – eating the same diet and same number of calories as the control group – lost body fat and increased lean body mass when their feeding window was restricted to a 9-10 hour window. The idea is that the ‘clock’ starts ticking when you have your first food of the day, and you are most insulin-sensitive for the next 9 hours or so. If you consume food, say, 12 hours after your first bite of the day, you will not digest it in an optimal way. He’s done a trial with humans, which had similar results, but the time-restricted humans ended up eating fewer calories.
Notably, he claims that anything other than water, including black coffee, starts this daily clock. If this is true, then all of us who enjoy a breakfast of black coffee may be hampering our weight loss. If you’re drinking black coffee at 8am, it means you don’t really want to be eating or drinking anything (besides water) after 5pm. Perhaps intermittent fasters are better off saving that first coffee of the day for late morning?