Does It Really Matter What Time We Eat?
Recently I have been noticing a trend in eating habits among the health and fitness world… intermittent fasting. This is when a person limits the window of when they eat which usually entails a fasting period from their sleep cycle until noon. When I hear about this fasting method I’m blown away in how people keep up with it. Mainly because I’m all about breakfast and can literally feel my stomach eating itself if I haven’t eaten within one hour of waking up.
Now my situation may be different from most considering I wake up at 4:30 am most mornings so there is just no way I could wait until noon to eat. Or could it? But what about the long time saying
So while doing some research on different fasting techniques I came across a intriguing article in the IDEA Fitness Journal on circadian clocks and feeding time. The article went into detail about our circadian clocks of our bodies. You know the internal clock that keeps our sleep schedule in tack, well it’s the same internal clock that lets us know when it’s time to eat amongst many other functions in our body.
Our bodies are on this constant schedule that we don’t even know exist
Once we learn how to listen to our internal circadian clock we will then begin to correct many inconsistencies that we have developed over time such as bad sleeping habits, eating habits, and even lack of physical activity. I want to break down this whole eating on a circadian clock stuff for you so that it’s easy to follow
Ok so we have a 24 hr clock
12 hours during the day, which is our feed period (typically 6 am -6 pm) our body’s melatonin begins to drop, stress hormones come into play, high alertness is in action, and we have high muscle performance and optimal metabolism.
During our regenerate phase ( typically 6 p.m- 6 a.m.) our melatonin rises, body cools down, we hit a deep sleep, and body temperature rises. During this stage our bodies are resting and regenerating from the day that we have had.
As you can probably already guess it’s better to eat during that FEED phase of the circadian clock so that your body can utilize the foods your consuming and not store everything as fat. So now let’s think back to intermittent fasting….
If a person eats for only 12 hours a day they should be good right? After long thought, this whole intermittent fasting thing is GENIUS!!!! For a person like myself I would have to definitely adjust my feeding times for the morning due to my late schedule but I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes for me.
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting?
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