Burning calories becomes essential when you want to lose a few pounds. Diet and sport have an important contribution, but also a certain time of day. And this is because the burns are more intense at this point and you can take advantage of this for weight loss.
A new study shows that there is, however, an hour of the day when the body naturally burns more calories, and this is due to the circadian rhythm that controls the body's internal clock and the day-night cycle. These rhythms influence the burning of calories, especially in periods of rest, in which the human body can burn 10% more calories in the late afternoon and late afternoon compared to early morning. More specifically, nearly 130 calories are burned in the afternoon and at night 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 the circadian rhythm dictates not only the desire for rest, but also the complexity of metabolism that operates over a 24-hour period. Thus, people who have an irregular sleep schedule, including those who work the shifts, face obesity and are prone to develop conditions such as type II diabetes, cancer or cognitive decline. Even if we do not listen to it, the biological clock works constantly.
"It's possible that when you eat and your energy needs are low, that activity can lead to weight gain," said Jeanne Duffy, a study fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
When most calories burn
The study looked at seven men and women aged 38-69 who, for 37 days, stayed in a laboratory without glass, hourglass, telephone or Internet, he does not know what time of day he is out. Every night, participants went to sleep four hours later than the night before, this habit lasted 3 weeks. In this way, the internal clock of the body was forced to keep pace, researchers noting that the biological periods of the body were completely different from the day.
Everyone who participated in this study had to use sensors to measure body temperature, allowing researchers to determine the period of greatest number of calories. The higher the body temperature, the more calories it burns. Thus, it was found that the rate of calorie burning was lower at night when body temperature fell, while 12 hours later the rate of calories burned increased in the afternoon.
Of course, even if you organize your meals and are careful to respect that program, remember that another very important aspect is exercise. Even if you do not go to the gym, every effort, every move, involves getting energy, and to ensure that even the smallest movements, from lifting the arm to sweeping the house, burn a required number of calories.