Everyone knows about different types of food to eat in order to be healthy but have we ever really thought about the time of day that we eat. Most of us probably know that we shouldn’t be eating a couple of hours before sleeping since our body best digests food while we’re awake. When we’re asleep, our digestion system starts to wind down, so all of the food that you’re ingesting won’t be processed as well as it should.
We’ve recently come across some studies that have been published and show that mice that are prevented from eating late at night actually can evade some metabolic problems and even obesity altogether! Two sets of mice (one were allowed to eat whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted – while the other was restricted to a 9, 12 or 15 hour eating period) were created to determine what the effects of eating whenever you wanted would happen to you. With an identical caloric intake, the ones that ate whenever they wanted became obese and didn’t exactly have the best metabolic systems. While the other mice kept within a time frame eating regime stayed slim and didn’t game weight. It’s funny because even if they indulged a little bit on the weekends and cheated (as we all do from time to time!), they didn’t gain any weight!
And for the mice that were obese? If they were switched from an eat whenever schedule to a strict time-line, they also lost all the weight that they’d gained! Surprise, surprise! There’s more to your diet then just the type of food that we’re eating!
The scientists who ran the studies now believe that the certain time that you ingest food influences your body’s circadian rhythm (your internal clock). Before we thought that our internal clocks ran in time with night and day, and that our bodys’ felt tired whenever it got dark out, but these studies are now proving that that isn’t exactly always the case. When you eat influences your body’s clock even more. Which in turn actually affects the way that genes in your body (including the ones that regulate metabolism) work. And although these studies have yet to be replicated into humans, it’s not a far shot to say that it too will work!