Recent studies indicate that when it comes to weight loss, it’s not just your diet that counts, but also what time of day you eat your food. This then begs the question: when’s the best time to consume our calories if we want to shed a few pounds?
Studies With Mice
Studies with mice showed that experimental groups of rodents that fasted for 23 hours (and ate a restricted diet) were more likely to be healthier.
The mice who fasted were also more likely to burn more calories, in comparison to the experimental group that just ate a restricted number of calories.
What About Humans?
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is testing numerous fasting-based diets to see if the same results can be replicated in humans. This takes the timing of what we eat into consideration; we need to find a routine that complements our internal body clocks. This is also known as our circadian rhythm.
This cycle controls when certain hormones are released, the state of our digestion system, and the rate of our blood pressure, all of which impact our ability to burn calories.
We Need To Follow Our Circadian Rhythm
Research suggests that we should time our meals in alignment with our natural circadian rhythm. Interestingly, the average person consumes their daily calories throughout a 15-hour (or longer) period. However, if you’re looking to lose weight, you’re better off eating all your food within one eight-hour block, starting early morning and finishing early evening.
When we do this, we fast for 16 hours of the day. Numerous short-term human studies prove this technique to be an excellent method for controlling weight. If you’re not sure what your body’s natural rhythms are, there are tons of apps you can download onto your phone to help you monitor your circadian rhythm. That way you can adjust your eating schedule accordingly, to eat at the optimum time for your body.