• Respecting The Body Clock Is The Key To health  

A study has revealed that eating only two meals in a day and skipping supper or dinner is the best way to maintain weight and correct cholesterol and blood sugar levels. A report by the2is.com’s special representative:

Ayurveda has stressed upon eating before sunset and maintain fast from sunset till sunrise. An old saying – Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper, is the best policy to follow, says scientists and doctors. A study published in the scientific journal Diabetologia says that people with Type 2 Diabetes eating a large breakfast and lunch and no dinner — as compared with those eating six small meals with the same calories — lost body fat and improved insulin sensitivity. However, it says that instead of a complete ban on food after sunset, a small quantity of food may be taken.A scientist of London University says that a study on two groups of people was made in which one group was asked to take a hearty breakfast and lunch and skip dinner for two weeks. The other group was asked to follow their normal routine of sumptuous dinner/supper. Before and after the prescribed period, blood samples were taken from all the participants. The blood pathology report after the study revealed a considerable drop in bad cholesterol and blood sugar. It is explained that a full stomach in night disturbs the metabolism which leads to rise in bad cholesterol and blood-sugar level. This is because the body cannot burn surplus energy.

Body clock

Body clock and food

We all have a circadian rhythm in our body which is a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as sleep/wake cycle. Circadian rhythms control physiological events, including metabolism. So the flexibility to eat, sleep, socializes, and exercise correlate with rising metabolic disorders and obesity. The body including the brain has an inherited timer which is timed for eating – sleeping – waking schedule. The rise in metabolic disorders is occurring very rapidly. Lifestyles which overrule the body clock of a conventional day/night correlate with increased metabolic malfunction. Simply following the natural body clock can result in it dramatic changes in the body.

What doctors say:

  • ‘Having a very light meal in the night that too before three hours of going to bed is good for the body. If you sleep at 11 then you should not eat anything after 8. Anything which has sugar should be avoided.’ – Dr. R. Raman (Ex CMS)
  • ‘Very light dinner; follow it as far as possible. This gives ample time to the body to repair and metabolize.’ – Dr. Rashmi.
  • ‘Anything can be had in morning and afternoon. Avoid sweets and fried food. Instead of skipping dinner, take some snacks or vegetables in the early evening.’ – Dr. Shishu Saxena (Homeopath)
  • ‘Respect the body clock. We are made to follow the natural process. Any shift from this process results in damage to our body and brain.’ – Madan Shukla (Nutritionist)

Eating habits affect our skin’s protection against the sun

According to http://www.unipaper.co.uk, scientists of the UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a study that people who eat late at night are more vulnerable to sunburn and longer-term effects such as skin aging and skin cancer.

Though it is a study conducted in the USA, but it again stresses upon the importance of circadian rhythm. Dr. Takahashi, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who worked on the study, said: ‘This finding is surprising. I did not think the skin was paying attention to when we are eating. ‘It is likely that if you have a normal eating schedule, then you will be better protected from UV during the daytime. If you have an abnormal eating schedule, that could cause a harmful shift in your skin clock.