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Is body weight affected by when you eat? Here’s what science knows so far
Changes to our circadian rhythm can impact our physical and mental health. Olga Miltsova/ Shutterstock

Most diet and health advice is broadly based on the assumption that a calorie is a calorie (and it doesn’t matter when they’re consumed). But some research suggests that our bodies actually use calories more efficiently when consumed in the morning as opposed to the evening. This points to a strategy that could be beneficial for weight loss.

While there are many reasons for this phenomenon, one may be our circadian rhythm. This is the natural, internal process that regulates our sleep-wake cycle over a 24-hour period. Not only does our circadian rhythm make us feel tired at night and alert during the day, it also regulates the timing of the body’s processes – including digestion, metabolism, and appetite regulation – by secreting certain hormones based on what and when we eat, our physical activity and time of day.

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Witness the Fitness

Image by Taco Fleur from Pixabay

As you might know, I have been busy working out a plan for shedding the excess weight that I’ve been carrying around with me for the last ten years or so.

Having listened to Joe Rogan speaking about self-discipline on his podcast recently, I have a better understanding of what I need to do to make some real improvements to my health and well-being.

So, here are some of the tips that I have picked up while researching my weight loss plan.

  • ONLY DRINK WATER.
  • GET UP EARLY (0600) – GO TO BED EARLY (2200) – AIM FOR 8-HOURS SLEEP.
  • FOLLOW A 16/8 I.F. PLAN. NO FOOD BETWEEN 1800 & 1000.
  • WALK FOR TWO HOURS EVERY DAY EXCEPT SUNDAY – TWO 1-HOUR SESSIONS SPLIT BETWEEN A.M. & P.M.
  • WORK TOWARDS 100 SIT-UPS AND 100 PUSH-UPS PER DAY (THIS CAN BE SPREAD OUT THROUGH THE DAY).
  • INCREASE MY INTAKE OF LOW-CARB FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
  • ONLY EAT THREE TIMES PER DAY, BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.

It isn’t rocket science. Eat well, cut out the crap and move more. I’m still working out the format for how I’m going to record this journey. I could do a vlog and post that video here each day. I’m not going to use Youtube if at all possible. I have a small video camera that I can use. It produces video in the correct format and at a high enough quality. I’ll talk about my progress, and about how I’m feeling. It will be unfiltered, raw footage.

Look out for some test videos soon.

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434: 132.8KG

A slow start to my weight-loss journey. My biggest vice is eating food late at night. If I can force myself to break that habit, the weight should fall off of me. So, from today, I am only going to eat between the hours of 2 pm and 7pm – although I will continue to have my morning coffee with milk and sugar!

Here are the stats for today.

  • WEIGHT 132.8KG
  • BMI 39.7
  • BODY FAT 41.5%

The NHS website says that I should be aiming for a target weight of 85KG and a BMI of 25. I have a long way to go, but by my calculations, if I stick to my plan I should hit those goals in just over a year.

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430: 133KG

It is time for 85KG. I’m going to use a low-carb/fasting combo, mixed in with daily exercise.

Look out for random updates on my progress. Coronavirus doesn’t like fat people, and as a fat person it is up to me to minimise my chances of developing complications should I ever contract the virus. I don’t want to die hooked up to a ventilator. Paranoid? Maybe, but why should I take the risk?