Survey of firefighters shows benefits of restricted eating during a 24-hour shift

  • Source: KPBS-TV 15 San Diego
  • Published: 10/05/2022 09:27 AM

San Diego battalion chief David Picone has been a firefighter for 25 years. He was the department’s point man on a survey that examined how a restricted eating schedule impacted the cardiovascular health of firefighters. He said if you believe that people who work at all hours have to eat at all hours, this study proved that is not true. “When you’re on a 24-hour shift you might get another three or four calls in the evening and you feel like, 'Maybe I need to eat something to have more energy,'” Picone said. “But the study showed that it’s completely opposite. You actually get more tired and less healthy by eating at those odd hours.” Time restricted eating often means only eating within a 10-hour window each day, and fasting for 14 hours. It has shown health benefits among many people.


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