Don’t be to put of by the title of this post because this really does come from nature, itself and nowadays we do tend to work against nature rather than with it. What is it exactly that decides when we eat and when the best time to exercise for us is ?
Well you have to look inside yourself to find out the answers because that is where they are, we came into this world hundreds of millions of years ago as primitive beings and now even though we are still primitive beings we are living in a highly competitive, modern world where there is constant pressure to get things done in such short space’s of time and this, is what is wrong we tend to work against our own internal time mechanisms or better known as our body clock.
So how does this fit in with exercise and eating well it’s all to do with our internal body clocks, because of the habits that we inherit from our closest friends and our parents. We tend to think that these are the ways that we should be doing things all the time.
When is the best time to eat food?
Are we at all bothered about what time we should be eating our food, as far as our modern day society is concerned we should eat three meals a day breakfast, lunch and tea which most of us do, a lot of people can tend to skip breakfast which is not such a good thing to do, it has been noted by research we are tending to do things backwards as far as our eating habits are concerned.
How we used to eat some years ago was this we would have a big breakfast followed by a large lunch and a small tea, so we would be consuming most of our calories at breakfast and lunchtime, to find out what effect this had on our eating habits some studies were done on people, they were given the same amount of food at eight o’clock in the morning and 8 p.m. in the evening.
They found out that the people who ate the same meal in the evening their bodies reacted to the food differently compared to those who ate the meal in the morning, the researchers found from the study that people’s glucose levels, are different in the evening compared to in the morning, so if you eat a high glucose meal at night your body will produce more insulin than if you ate it in the morning which leads to fat storage and eventually diabetes.
Which will consequently lead to more fat storage, the strange thing is due to the advent of things like take away’s being delivered we will more than often have a meal at say between seven and8 p.m. in the evening which probably now isn’t necessarily such a good idea, because you are eating an awful lot of food and your body really is preparing to get ready for sleep a lot of people can go to bed between 10 and 10:30 p.m. at night.
And your body will be digesting that food while you are sleeping, this means that it can’t be doing it’s repair work because of the amount of work it’s doing in your stomach, so how come we are doing things in reverse ? why do we eat more at night than we used to, maybe it’s just the way modern society is now.
Social proof can make us do things which we wouldn’t do normally by following other people and what they do. So that could be a reason, or we may think that eating less during the day is better for us but this research overturns that theory.
When is the best time to exercise?
This is a question that probably a lot of us wonder and yet we always seem to come up with our own answers as to when to do it. A lot of people may prefer to exercise first thing in the morning because that is the best time for them depending upon their lifestyle especially if they go to work, or some people may prefer to do their work out at night instead, it’s all to do with personal preferences rather than anything else
Various studies have been conducted around exercise and other things which revolve around health in general and your body clock and just digressing here a little, more people tend to have heart related health issues in the morning than at any other time during the day, your blood pressure can tend to be higher first thing in the morning and also your blood tends to be more stickier.
Somebody who was a professional cyclist in the United Kingdom said he was able to train and exercise for his race which was 60 minutes long. He said that he found that training first thing in the morning wasn’t as good as it was in the evening he says that there wasn’t the pain relief that adrenaline can give you, and also his muscles felt less able to do what he wanted to do.
Researchers in the United Kingdom at a University found that most people who tend to do high-intensity sports in the afternoon this being the time when they are competing; tend to win far more than they would if they were competing in the morning. When you couple this with the other research about when to eat your food it would seem that exercising at night is a good idea rather than doing it first thing in the morning because your body is still waking up as it were.
When is the best time to have medication?
This is also slightly off topic but nonetheless, I think it does hold some relevance to what has been said, a woman in France had bowel cancer and wasn’t responding to treatment very well, so they decided to administer her medication in relation to her bodies body clock, she was having chemotherapy as her treatment but the problem with this is it not only.
Kills cancerous cells but healthy ones as well so they decided to administer her medication when the cells within her part of the body were less active, and surprisingly enough it started to work and she started to feel a lot better and in less pain than she previously was.
Does eating fat disrupt your body clock?
It would seem it does mice were given the choice between eating good food and a diet of junk food, the mice that ate a high fat diet, soon started having odd sleeping patterns where they would eat at night when they should be sleeping, and they also had irregular eating patterns. So eating when they wouldn’t normally.
Sometimes it would seem that we tend to work against our own bodily cycles and this is why sometimes we don’t perform as well as what we could be doing, if we did everything in sync with our body clocks instead.
BBC Horizon programme about body clocks.