Best Time of Day to Boost your Metabolism
Did you know sitting under the sun boosts your metabolism? Did you know sleeping at night also boosts your metabolism? Losing weight isn't just about exercise and dieting -- you have to pay attention to the time of day too!
Believe it or not, your body is regulated by biological clocks which are dependent on the time of day and earth's magnetic field. Your metabolism is also regulated by your biological clocks, which means it's slower and faster depending on environmental factors – how many calories you're burning isn't just about how active you are!
Your Metabolism Goes Down With the Sun
You know it's bad to eat at night because you're less active and about to sleep. But did you know your sundown metabolism is slower than your daytime metabolism even if you stay active and don't sleep? Dermatologists discovered when sunlight hits your skin it causes your cells to make nitric oxide, which boosts your metabolism. They also found it slows weight gain and development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
What does this mean? Eating at night won't burn your food as quickly as during the day even if you exercise.
You're Biologically Required to Sleep at Night and Not Remain Active
Evenings are biologically for sleeping. Researchers found your sleep circadian rhythms are synced with the sun and moon. When you delay nightly sleep by four hours or more it distorts your rhythms, causing over 80 percent of your genes malfunction. This affects your inflammatory and stress responses, as well as your appetite control and sugar metabolism. This means you'll start craving food when you're not hungry and your body won't be breaking down sugars efficiently, leading to more fat storage.
If you work the night shift or make it a habit to stay up past sundown, you'll enter a cycle of eating when your metabolism is slower and sleeping out-of-sync with your biological clocks. Since you're awake through the night you'll risk overeating because your body isn't as efficient at telling you when you're full. The food you'll eat will more likely be converted into fat rather than burned, since your body is less efficient at burning carbs. Also, sleeping during the day means you'll have less sun exposure, which means your skin will produce less obesity-preventing nitric oxide -- this lowers your daytime metabolism. Staying up at night or sleeping late leads to a dangerous cycle resulting in an overall decrease in your total metabolism.
If You Have to Stay Up at Night, Then Eat Breakfast to Raise Your Metabolism
If you're stuck working the graveyard shift or know you'll need to stay up long into the night for school, there are things you can do to boost your metabolism to help counteract the night's weight-gaining effects.
Giving your gut something to digest increases your resting metabolism by 10 percent. The metabolic process of digestion and moving food through your intestines is called thermogenesis and requires energy. If you eat low-carb foods periodically during the night your body will continuously use some of your stored carbs to digest them. Choose leafy greens and celery sticks to snack on while you're working your moonlight shift and three good things will happen: You'll lower your cravings since there's always something in your belly, you're increasing your metabolism since your body has to digest these healthy greens, and you're enriching your body with nutrients and protective antioxidants that combat chronic diseases linked with staying up all night.
You must also exercise, which is even more mandatory during your night owl nights. Exercising helps reverse the consequences of your disrupted biological rhythms by lowering inflammation, stress, and forcing your body to burn more carbs. It also energizes you through your shift.
Your metabolism is stronger and healthier when you're up during the day and asleep at night. If you're thinking about boosting your nitric oxide production by getting more sun, make sure to wear a natural sunscreen like carrot seed oil to protect you from skin cancer. If you must stay up at night, always have something in your tummy and remember to exercise!
Do you remember times when you've gained weight because you had to pull all-nighters? Was it really because you overate?