“A high fat diet is good for some, not so good for others and a low fat diet is good for some, but not for others,” he says.
But researchers have found something significant about your eating patterns and your risk of developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Research reveals: Timing could make all the difference if you have type II diabetes or metabolic syndrome!
According to Dr Wright, in a recent study, researchers worked with mice with an apparent genetic tendency towards metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes. (Metabolic syndrome is characterised by high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and easy weight gain and, if not ‘turned around’, will ultimately result in type II diabetes.)
They fed the mice high fat meals at the beginning or at the end of 12-hour ‘awake and active’ time periods – the equivalent of breakfast or dinner time for the mice.
What they found was significant.
They found that a high fat dinnertime meal significantly worsened several aspects of metabolic syndrome, whereas a high fat breakfast-time meal did not. They also found that this effect was constant despite significant differences in total daily calories and total daily fat.
So “if you have type II diabetes or any of the “diabetes precursor” features of metabolic syndrome or if family members have type II diabetes, the “Paleo” (caveman) diet (relatively high in animal protein and fat) is almost always best,” advises Dr Wright.
While you probably know about “good” protein (organic and free range) and “bad” protein (grain fed animals and farmed fish) and the dangers of getting too much saturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids. Now it appears that the timing of the fat consumption may make a difference, too!
Although this was just a mouse study and “may or may not apply to humans, if you have type II diabetes or any of the features of metabolic syndrome, why not find out if it applies to you,” says Dr Wright.
How do you do this?
You can try a “Dr Douglass style” breakfast
According to Dr Wright, Dr William Campbell Douglass has been writing for years that an old fashioned breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausage is actually best for your health.
After you’ve tried the Dr Douglass style” breakfast, you can then observe whether you do better with controlling your weight, blood sugar or any of the other features of metabolic syndrome that you may have.
Who knows, you could ditch that ‘healthy’ oat bran for good!