A key part of eating healthily is not just choosing the right foods, but also the right time. All day and all night, our internal master timer, our circadian clock, is ticking away, keeping virtually every bodily function on track.
According to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in the environment. So the circadian rhythms are driven by biological clocks inside our bodies.
As it turns out, there are optimum times to eat, sleep, exercise, and work. Research shows that our circadian rhythm plays a big part in how well our bodies process food and eating defiance of this natural connection can make us vulnerable to weight gain, insomnia, and diabetes.
Here are some tips to ally eating habits with our circadian clocks.
1. Start well: Don’t skip breakfast
2. Tuck into a hearty lunch: Make the main meal of the day.
3. Eat a healthy afternoon snack.
4. Go light and low carb for dinner.
5. Avoid late-night munchies!