This is when your body is burning the most calories, says the study ATLANTA ̵ 1; There are many ways…
1; There are many ways to burn calories. One of the ways to burn more can be linked to the time of day as your training event happens, the reports from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School recently conducted a small study, published in the Current Biology Journal, to determine how circadian rhythms, which control the body’s sleep cycles, affect calorie burn.
To do that, they examined the adults aged 38 to 69, in a special laboratory without bells, windows, phones and Wi-Fi to hide the time of day. The participants had assigned bedtime and wake-up times. Each night, these hours were adjusted four hours later to reflect the different time zones. This method helped scientists identify the natural circadian rhythms of the subjects without affecting environmental factors.
“Because they were about to circle the earth every week, their body’s inner bell could not stay and so did it oscillate at its rate,” writes Jeanne Duffy in a statement. “This enabled us to measure metabolic rate at all different biological times.”
The analysts also tracked participants’ food intake, activity levels and body temperatures, which helped the team to measure energy consumption.
After analyzing the results, they said that people’s body temperatures were lowest late in the evening and early in the morning, and at the highest in late afternoon. They revealed the higher the temperature the more calories burned.
In fact, they discovered individuals naturally burn about 10 percent more calories, which corresponds to about 130 calories, late in the afternoon than they do late in the evening.
“It’s not just what we eat, but when we eat – and rest – it affects how much energy we burn or keep as fat,” Duffy said. “The regularity of habits like eating and sleeping is very important to overall health.”
Despite the results, researchers are not sure whether people should re-plan their workouts and meals. But they hope to continue their studies so that they can evaluate how the body’s response to food varies over time.
By Najja Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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