Usually when someone is on a diet, they are studying the calorie content of the food instead of the time they eat. A calorie is still a calorie regardless of the time of day.
However, some research shows that calories can be most beneficial for the body at a specific time of the day, that is, in the morning. This could be an effective strategy when someone is trying to lose weight.
Lose weight? Experts say timing your actions is the best way to go
Using the circadian rhythm to lose weight
Understanding your body's circadian rhythms can help you lose weight. It not only regulates the body's sleep-wake pattern over 24 hours, but also the timing of the body's processes such as digestion, metabolism and appetite.
Changes in eating and exercise habits can also affect this internal process. It could affect a person's physical and mental health as well as immunity, which is why maintaining the circadian rhythm is very important for overall health.
A team of researchers from the University of Aberdeen looked at some studies on people whose circadian rhythms were intentionally distracted by scientists and people with nighttime meal syndrome who consume more than 25% of their daily calories at night.
The team found that bodies prefer to eat in daylight, which is in line with their natural circadian rhythms. Most of the studies they examined showed that evening meal affects hormones in regulating appetite, energy expenditure, and glucose levels.
In theory, these changes could lead to an increase in appetite and a decrease in energy levels, resulting in higher calorie intake. Ultimately, this leads to weight gain.
However, the researchers also believe that more human studies are needed to demonstrate the link between circadian rhythm disorder and weight gain. However, it has been found that regular sleeping habits and a circadian rhythm help the body work properly.
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Metabolism and weight loss
Other studies suggest that the time of day could affect energy balance and body weight. Eating at night has been linked to weight gain, possibly due to lower appetite regulation or circadian rhythms and energy levels, which make people less likely to exercise the next day.
In addition, eating during the day also results in greater weight loss, although scientists aren't sure what is causing it. It's probably because those who miss their breakfast are more likely to have snacks in the evening.
However, eating the most calories in the morning does not guarantee greater weight loss.
Studies have also shown that those who don't eat breakfast tend to lose more weight compared to those who don't.
In contrast, calorie consumption in the evening does not promote weight loss, but rather contributes to a greater feeling of tiredness the next day and can reduce physical activity.
Finally, a time-limited diet seems to aid weight loss as there is little time to eat, which reinforces the natural circadian rhythm by stopping the nighttime eating habit.
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