With the way the weight loss diets and metabolism boosting hacks are in rage these days, People are constantly hopping from one diet to another just so they could put a stop on their rapidly growing weight.
Then there are those poor souls who despite having moderate meals in daily routine, still end up asking themselves “Why can’t i lose weight?”
While weight gain might be usually linked to overeating—and sometimes genes, what we fail to realize is that unhealthy food might not be the only culprit behind obesity.
Hence, if you are going round and round on dieting without much success, there is a strong possibility your “internal body clock” might not be ticking right with your metabolism.
The Metabolism is synced with the circadian rhythms—internal body clock’s response to the day/night cycle—and when you are taking the wrong meal size at an equally wrong time you start to put on weight.
“Night owls have a higher risk of being overweight than early birds.”
Internal Body Clock, Circadian Rhythms And Their Link To Metabolism
If you observe your surroundings, the whole world works on the timetable. Dawn and dusk, months and years, changing seasons, every non-lining thing behaves in a certain pattern like a well-oiled machine.
Humans also have a built-in body clock which keeps them in line with the day, month, and year cycle. (Such as aging, reproduction, regeneration, migration, etc.)
If we circle it down to 24 hours, our body’s internal clock is attuned to day cycle. Sitting inside the hypothalamus region of the brain between the two optical light sensors, the master clock controls the sleep/wake cycle, metabolism, and various other body functions, based on the calculation of light and darkness—or in other words, Circadian Rhythms.
“Nature has a way to keep us on track with the earth’s timetable.”
Have you noticed sometimes despite changing the alarm clock setting you still wake up at your routine time, or you lose your appetite if you don’t take your meal at a specific time? Perhaps you even poop at a certain time.
These are the circadian rhythms that keeps us on track with the day timings, and if disrupted, our body would start to show signs of distress.
A classic example of a disrupted body clock is “jet lag”. While traveling into another time zone, the brain releases melatonin—a sleep hormone—causing travelers to sleep at odd times until the internal body clock reset itself into the new time zone.
Similarly, if our eating habits are not synced with the day and light, we mess up the metabolism time and end up adding pounds around our waist.
“In a race of Rabbit and Turtle, your mouth is the rabbit and stomach is the turtle. It’s imperative you eat slowly to stay with the digestion pace.”
How to Stop Adding Pounds around Your Waist Altogether
On any given day, we usually skip breakfast, rush on lunch, and take our entire daily food quota in the dinner with a hearty meal.
Sadly, that’s the main reason we are struggling with the weight because Researchers believe our body digestive system functions well at the earliest part of the day and wanes in the evening.
“You burn more calories in the morning than in the evening.”
In a study on eating habits, it was revealed women who take high-calorie breakfast and light dinner have high metabolism and a better chance of managing obesity and than those who prefer heavy dinner.
“When to eat and how much to eat could make or break your metabolism rhythm.”
My point? Plan your meals according to the day cycle.
With that in mind, let’s move on to the fast metabolism diet plan to maintain your weight.
The Best Diet Plan
A fast metabolism diet is not based on what you are eating but rather how much and at what time you are taking your meals. So, keep two things in your mind while planning the best diet plan.
1. Meal Timings
With the way we take frequent coffee and snack breaks, normally, a regular person’s food consumption goes over the 15 hour time period.
However, researchers suggest the best time frame for your meals should be from early morning to early evening within a 10 hour bracket.
As for the specific meal times, ideally, you should take your breakfast between 7:00 to 8:00 am, lunch between 12:00 to 1:00 pm, and the dinner not exceeding 7:00 pm.
But the better way would be to set meals on the movement of sunrise and sunset as dawn and dusk timings vary with seasons.
For instance, here, the sun goes down at 7:30 pm in summer, while 5:45 pm in winter, therefore, the dinner in winter should be done by 5:45 pm tops.
“Your meals should start with the sunrise and end with the sunset.”
2. Meal Sizes
Are you familiar with the old adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”?
Researchers now believe ancients were indeed wise, for the insulin production is at its peak during the morning and reduces with the sunset. Which means you would have a better chance to metabolize your favorite blueberry muffin in the morning.
The point is, you can have a heavy breakfast but to keep up with the metabolism speed, your lunch should be moderate and dinner must be light.
The ancient cultures have depicted their own wisdom for a longer lifespan as well, which modern science is now pretty inclined to agree.
Hara Hachi bun me—a Japanese proverb—says we should only fill 80% of our stomach with food and leave 20% empty while in Islam, it’s said that a person should leave one-third of their stomach for food, one-third part for liquids and one-third for breath.
It is recommended that you should have 60% meal at breakfast, 30% at lunch, and only 10% at dinner.
Why should we keep a percentage of the stomach empty? That’s because our body takes approximately 20 minutes to digest food, and by the time we receive the “full” signal we are already overstuffed.
“To have a healthy metabolism, fill only 80% of your stomach with food.”
To sum up
Weight loss diet plans might work wonders on your weight but it’s just a temporary solution. Synchronize your meals with the daylight and you wouldn’t have to worry about finding the answers to “why can’t i lose weight” anymore.
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