Calorie burning is important when we want to lose a few pounds. Diet and exercise have a large contribution, but also a certain time of day. And that's because burns are more intense at the moment and you can use this to lose weight.
A new study shows that there is a time when the body naturally burns most calories, and this is caused by a circadian rhythm that controls the body's internal clock and cycle day and night. This rhythm affects calorie burning, especially at rest, where the human body can burn 10% more calories in the afternoon and evening in the afternoon, compared to the morning. More specifically, nearly 130 calories are burned in the afternoon and evening without the slightest effort, and this can have an impact on health.
The study, published in the Journal of Current Biology highlights the fact that circadian rhythms not only dictate the desire to rest, but also the complexity of metabolism that operates for 24 hours. Thus, people who have irregular sleep schedules, including those who work in shifts, face obesity and tend to develop conditions such as type II diabetes, cancer or cognitive decline. Even if we don't hear it, the biological clock works constantly.
"It is possible that when you eat and your energy consumption needs are low, this activity can cause weight gain," said Jeanne Duffy, a citizen of the study at Brigham and Women Hospital.
When you burn the most calories
The study looked at seven men, both women and men, aged between 38 and 69 who, for 37 days, lived in a laboratory without glass, hourglass, telephone or internet so he did not know what time he left. Every night, the participants slept four hours later than the night before, this habit lasted for 3 weeks. In this way, the body's internal clocks are forced to compensate, the researchers realize that the body's biological period is completely different from the daytime.
Everyone who participated in this study had to use sensors to measure their body temperature, allowing researchers to determine the period of most calories. The higher the body temperature, the more calories burned. Thus, it was found that the calorie burning rate was lower at night when body temperature dropped, while 12 hours later the level of calories burned increased in the afternoon.
Of course, even if you schedule your meals and be careful to respect this program, remember that another very important aspect is sports. Even if you don't go to the gym, every effort, every move, involves getting energy, and to ensure even the smallest movements, from extracting your arms to sweeping the house, burn the required number of calories.