How to eat and exercise according to your biological clock:
All living organisms (humans, plants and even microbes) have an internal rhythm of a 24 hours cycle. This cycle was first discovered by observing a plan called Mimosa Pudica. The plant opens it’s leafs at day time, and closes at night. When put in a dark room for a few days, researchers saw that the plants cycle actually continued even though there was no light. a similar experiment was then, conducted with human beans. Like the plant, the people where active during the hours of day time, and where inactive when it was night out. After further investigation it was discovered that the main area which dictates the rhythm, is based in the brain, it is called the SCN. The SCN is responsible for the synchronized functioning of the nervous system. In addition, the various organs in the human body, has an internal timer that dictates the rhythm, and is synchronized with the center — the SCN. Keeping the internal rhythm is very important. Research shows that the continuity of the internal rhythm affects the many of the body systems and different processes, either directly or indirectly. Our metabolism is one the process that is affected by and affects the internal rhythm that is why nutrition and fitness (that ignite metabolism) also play a part in keeping the circadian rhythm.
Eating according to the circadian rhythm approach:
A. the way we eat:
1. Consistent caloric intake — it is advisable to eat the same amount of calories each day. We all know that we have days in which this is almost impossible. So according to this approach if one is to exceed the amount of calories, the next day should continue the regular program. Reducing calories (like most of us might think to do) will only cause the continued disruption of rhythm.
2. Food timing- it is advisable to eat within a regular hour range. For example eat until 9 or 22pm, and starting at 8:00 am. This way of eating will help keep the rhythm in sync.
3. Eat large meals early and smaller meals later in the day — this principal was found throughput an experiment which agenda was to endues weight loss. The group who ate a big breakfast lost more weight than the group that had a long lunch greater. Both teams had an isocaloric menu that contained the same amount of calories.
B. Food composition;
1. Eat less Fat- eating a large amount of fat, or an excessive amount of carbohydrate (that will accumulate as fat) on a regular basis might lead to weight gain. High body weight and obesity actually cause our internal clock to be disrupted!
What about sport?
According to this approach, it is advisable to workout during the hours we are awake- usually morning time. Working out late at night (for people that are inactive at night time) will cause a new cycle to begin, which means the current cycle was shortened. The reason for this are the chemicals secreted while we work out.
So what do we do? according to this approach
1. Eat within regular hours.
2. Try to eat regular (and appropriate) amounts of calories each day.
3 Try to avoid high-fat\carb foods on a regular basis and in large amounts.
4. Try to exercise for the most part, during the day.
Of course, like in any approach, we must select the elements that are right for us and make it our own J
What’s right for you?