Circadian clock, popularly known as body clock or biological clocks has a strong connection with weight loss. Your body is bound to circadian rhythm that spans around 24 hour oscillation of protein and mRNA transcript (messenger RNA) levels in your body. Researches have shown that disruption in these circadian rhythms not only cause obesity but cancer, premature aging, cardiovascular disease and psychological problems as well.
Upsetting circadian clock for any reason – jet lag, random work shifts, casual and untimely eating habits can lead to weight gain. Majority of people are oblivious about the fact that their body has its own timetable for eating and sleeping. To be more comprehensive our entire body is synchronized with this circadian clock in such a manner that it can work in correspondence with external environment.
How Circadian Clock Links To Weight Loss
Food Anticipatory Activity (FAA) of the body, i.e. the time when body anticipates food increases the oscillation of metabolism hormones (ghrelin, insulin, etc). This helps the food to metabolize correctly (i.e. digest properly). However if our body’s circadian clock is off the sync or disrupted, this cycle breaks which leads to food being stored as fat( usually visceral ) as your body is not prepared to metabolize food .
Therefore when it comes to losing weight, it is not only what you consume each day that matters, but the timing of every food you consume that matters as well. Consuming right foods at the right time can maximize your chances to lose weight successfully.
Tips To Turn Your Body Clock Right
- Exercise Regularly – Get some cardio workout for 20 minutes after you wake up in the morning. Research findings point out regular exercising in the morning everyday on is effective in burning fat faster.
- Wake – Sleep cycle – Keep it consistent, atleast waking time for each day.
- Keep you sleep time between 8-6 hours, because that is just optimum.
- Consume heavy breakfast; keep lunch health and dinner as light as possible. Food consumed during the day transforms into energy and when the same food is eaten at night, it stocks up as fat in the body.
- Have a light nap in the afternoon and do some walking or cardio in the evening to maintain weight.
- Keep you dinner time preferably before 8 pm.
- Curb false appetite or food cravings. If you are still unable to control appetite then snack on fruits with high fiber content.
- If you are gaining weight and have a 24/7 lifestyle you need to amend it soon. Somewhere the inconsistent eating, sleeping and working is putting those extra pounds on your body.