Let’s admit the fact! We are living in the real world where it is almost impossible to keep a track of time and maintain a strict routine. Owing to our current demanding and erratic lifestyle we often have our meals way past its designated time. Skipping breakfast due to running late for work and having dinner way past a scheduled time seems to be a regular affair nowadays. There has been a research paper published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society that states how not eating at a regular time can lead to obesity, high levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, low metabolism, type 2 diabetes, and overall poor health. They have also found that adults eating at the right time can manage their weight, cholesterol and insulin levels well even though if they are indulging in a few more calories. So if you are struggling with any of these conditions, it might be because you are making the mistake of following the social clock rather than the internal body clock.
Gerda Pot, a study author of the research paper said, “Eating inconsistently may affect our internal body clock.” She further explains by saying that our body’s metabolic cycle like appetite, digestion, the rate at which the body processes fat, sugar and cholesterol follows a pattern that keeps repeating every 24 hours. If you eat at erratic hours, it only leads to a disruption of the process leading to obesity and other health anomalies.
Why is it important to maintain a regular time for eating?
Here are a few reasons why you must start following a timely routine for eating your food:
You can lose weight
If you have been struggling to lose weight for months now and have lost only a few pounds, consider changing your eating pattern. Besides having small meals, don’t skip your breakfast and eat your dinner at least a couple of hours before bedtime. Well, you can definitely not time your meals by putting alarms, but there should be a designated time limit by which you must have your food. Eating at the right time program your body to maintain its metabolic rate and burn calories. Otherwise, your metabolic cycle is disrupted and you won’t be able to lose weight.
Prevents snacking anytime, anywhere
It is important that you know what is good for your body and what is not. Cutting down dinner or breakfast may cut down your overall calorie consumption but the sugar rush you will experience will oblige you to have those unhealthy snacks that will add double the calorie intake you thought you have cut down. Eat small meals throughout the day and if you are tied down with important work or meeting, have a handful of almonds. It will increase your nutrition intake and keep you from feeling hungry.
Keeps away stress
Are you always stressed out without a reason? Your irregular eating pattern might be blamed. Think you are having breakfast at 8 am one day and then again at 11 am the next. What is your body supposed to follow? It gets totally confused and starts secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to a spike in insulin levels, increase inflammation and risk of cancer.
Effectively combat dementia
Recent research says that eating at the same time every day can help to fight neurodegenerative disease like dementia. The study revealed that subjects with dementia who were given scheduled meal plans have shown improvement in gene expression in the striatum. So eating at a scheduled time every day can prove to be an effective management tool for neurodegenerative health.
Keeps you active
A chronic feeling of fatigue and loss of interest to work can be due to untimely eating habits. It messes up with your metabolism and affects mood and daily performance.
It is therefore important to stick to a fixed time routine for eating your food.