August 10, 2022 / by Suzanne Ingleton / Weight Loss
As humans, we are eaters, and there is a way to eat that enables the body to fully maximise the power of our metabolism – which is the chemical process that is necessary to maintain life. When it comes to our digestive system, it is the process by which our body converts what we eat and drink into energy – simply put - food and drink are combined with oxygen to release energy to allow our body to function.
But this is only a small part of the full equation. Our metabolism peaks and ebbs at different times of the day and follows a set biological rhythm which is designed to work in harmony with other body systems.
It makes sense then to be able to maximise our metabolic rate by eating in a way that is going to make the best use of our body’s energy systems and to burn calories.
Lets take a look at how we can master your metabolism with meal timing.
A reliable way to measure the metabolic rate of the human body is to take its temperature. The hotter you are, the higher your metabolic forces.
Our body temperature has a natural rhythm which enhances our metabolic rate, and when we eat in flow with the natural rhythms of the body, we will be able to take advantage of greater calorie expenditure.
Our body temperature begins to rise as soon as we wake up in the morning. This is a great way to begin to take advantage of metabolic and meal timing. Adding food into our gut increases the metabolic rate & heat production and provides the body with nutrients.
Anything eaten in the morning will be consumed and used as energy during the day, and will inhibit the need to snack or binge eat at the end of the day.
As the day progressed, so did our internal temperature. In fact, our body is operating at its hottest when the sun is at the highest point in the sky – meaning we will actually be burning more calories at this time. This is why it’s a great time to have your biggest meal of the day at lunchtime.
After this peak, the body temperature begins to dip from around 2pm – 5pm. You may notice that you’re feeling more tired at this time. It’s very normal and is part of the natural rhythms of the body.
From around 4pm – 6pm, our body temperature rises again, and generally we feel more energy – which is a good time to have a snack or dinner. Because most of us are not running around and using up our energy stores at night, it’s better to have a smaller dinner as our metabolism begins to wind down again from around 9pm.
This is the time that the body wants to prepare for rest, which is why our body temperature goes down. Our body does not want to digest a big meal and so this also makes sense to have a smaller dinner in the evening when our metabolic power is at its lowest and is burning the least amount of calories.
Working with the rhythm of our body can enhance our energy/calorie burning efficiency. I’d love to know your thoughts and your experience around meal timing and changing portion sizes so that your lunch is the biggest meal of the day and your dinner is the smallest.
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