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March

When you eat may be as important as what you eat

By Rich Jackson

Timing can be important, and an underappreciated area of timing is our biological clock, called our circadian rhythm. This rhythm is set by the cycles of light and dark during our day, but is also influenced by the timing of food intake. Metabolism is an important part of our biological clock as our circadian rhythms get our body going in the morning by releasing internal homones such as cortisol and growth hormone. These are behind the ‘dawn phenomenon’ which sometimes causes your blood glucose to be high in the morning, even when you didn’t eat anything during the night. This review released today looks at what is called time-restricted feeding. Basically this means restricting your food intake to less than 12 hours. This fits in with recent recommendations from the American Heart Association about eating more of your calories earlier in the day, and restricting or avoiding late evening eating. Your takeaway from these findings would be to find a way to try to fit in breakfast, even if this happens after you get to work, or after your day starts, as well as avoiding late evening snacks and eating dinner earlier if that fits in with your schedule.

See link to article here.

 

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