A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association suggests that certain diet habits show promise in helping to prevent heart disease and related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. These include:

Intermittent fasting:  Though more research is needed, studies suggest severely limiting your calorie one or two days per week may help with weight loss and reduce triglycerides, blood pressure, and insulin resistance. ” We’ve known for a long time that calorie restriction can delay the onset of age-related conditions and diseases. Now we have newer data on intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding that’s dramatic and promising.” says Mayo Clinic’s Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D.

Meal timing:  Some studies suggest that people who consume most of their calories late in the day have a higher risk of obesity and heart disease. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming 50 percent of daily calories at lunch and 20 percent at dinner led to about a 33 percent greater weight loss than eating 50 percent at dinner. Similarly, restricting calories to a 10-to-12 hour period may be beneficial for dropping pounds.

Eating breakfast:  It’s associated with a better blood glucose and insulin balance, which may lower type 2 diabetes and obesity risks.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health  May 2017