Good eating is eating at the right time

The human body is such a well-made machine that it constantly strives to put its mechanisms in order to improve its functions. Humans (like other living things) have a so-called “biological clock”. Each person has his own watch that tracks his daily needs and habits, for example thanks to which we sleep at regular times with the programmed secretion of the sleep hormone. This same principle applies to nutrition and this in different ways, it is certainly vital that eating is vital, but it is also important to eat at very specific times if you want to lose weight, gain weight and gain muscle and vice versa if you do not want to gain weight or lose weight and so on.

Chrononutrition is the act of eating foods at specific times of the day to get the most benefit. This is possible by following your body’s metabolic processes and activities of your daily life. To illustrate this method, here is a list of timing-based nutritional advice:

  • Natural secretion of proteases and amylase (responsible for various protein therapies) mainly occurs around midday, so a high protein diet at lunch is preferred to maximize protein gain. This advice is very important for athletes, especially those who have a large muscle mass.
  • Drink your coffee, tea or energy drink before a nap or a break, why? Because these foods begin to metabolize and have an effect at least after 1-2 hours (factors such as having an empty or full stomach and speed of absorption vary in duration). So you will get the energy gained thanks to your comfort along with the energy provided by the stimulating food.
  • Avoid tea 30 minutes before and two hours after meals to prevent it from reducing iron absorption.
  • Eating fruit half an hour before your meal will help you feel more hungry, because fruit contains fructose, this sugar has chemical properties that make you hungry unlike glucose, which suppresses your appetite, if you want to curb your appetite during a meal, eat a product rich in glucose such as sweets.
  • It is generally recommended to eat energy foods before training to be able to have adequate energy during sports, but it is also best to eat protein-rich products to reduce muscle catabolism that occurs during and after exercise.

Chrononutrition has a lot of other useful applications, thanks to it you can for example eat without storing fat or eat food while ensuring a good cellular metabolism after exercise, it is just a matter of knowing your body and your daily habits. To adjust your diet accordingly.

* Presse Santé strives to impart medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In no way can the information provided replace medical advice.

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