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By Jake Bradshaw
Being men, food needs to be in our every day vocabulary. Trainers can tell us about which types of foods to eat and how we should go about eating them in the healthiest way possible, yet we fail to learn the importance of when we should eat. It seems to be a hidden secret that is rarely spoken about.
The secret lies in our biorhythms. They are the cycle in which our body functions and they can affect our entire appearance. Everyone is different, but by using food as the “steering wheel” of our own body cycle, we can manipulate our body to do whatever we want it to do – but we need the write tools.
Light Meals vs. Heavy Meals
It’s all in the timing and machinery. If you think of your body like a machine that is constantly burning fat (digestion), then the power behind that burning process (metabolism) will only be strengthened more when getting fed frequent fuel (food). Lighter meals scattered throughout the day keeps our metabolism working, making it stronger over time.
In a study conducted at the University of Cambridge, published in British Medical Journal, by eating more frequently you can also lower the level of cholesterol that clogs your arteries. Although some experts are torn between the whole light meal vs. heavy meal theory, one thing is for sure. Most of the time, when you are frequently eating, you can be less hungry.
It takes about 30 minutes for our brain to register that we are full. By eating lighter meals throughout the day, our brain is constantly getting told that our body is getting fed, therefore we are less irritable and anxious. However, these light meals need to have a good source of protein. Protein satisfies our hunger, while giving us energy at the same time.
Something that happens when we eat HUGE meals three times a day is that our digestive system can get overwhelmed by burning crazy amounts of food and can get exhausted. This is why we usually get tired after eating a big meal. However, eating big meals doesn’t need to be bad, as long as you consider the nutrients involved.
Proteins, grains, vegetables, and iron are digestion’s best friend when it comes to heavy meals.
The way your biorhythms work can only be interpreted by you. They are important in determining your body’s overall strategy, process and speed at which it gets things done. Here’s how you can test it out: when you wake up in the morning, about what time do you start to feel like your body is actually starting to wake up?
Do this exercise: before you get out of bed in the morning, sit straight up for about ten minutes. You can even close your eyes during this time. What this does is allow the blood flow from your brain to catch up with the cycle of the rest of your body. It will refresh you, wake you up and also, give you an idea of how your biorhythms work.
If you tend to be a “morning person,” your biorhythms are most likely at it’s height when you wake up. You would probably need food within half an hour of rising to keep the cycle’s flow throughout the day. If you are not a “morning person,” try the biorhythmic exercise above for a couple weeks. You might start to see a shift in your mood.