On weekends, there is nothing better than sleeping well and having breakfast only at noon or sitting with friends until late at night with wine and snacks. But these habits could be the cause of the so-called metabolic jet lag, which sabotages your diet or is responsible for the inexplicable weight gain. What is behind it and what you can do about metabolic disorder – we have investigated all the facts.
Metabolism-Jetlag: What does it mean – and why is it stopping you from losing weight?
Anyone who has ever made a long flight while changing a time zone knows jet lag. Due to the time difference between home and destination, our biological rhythm is confused, the internal clock and the new place are no longer in sync. This interferes with the sleep-wake cycle, hormone production and even body temperature can change slightly. The delay of a metabolic jet has similar consequences, but we don't have to throw out half the world – just change our usual meals a little. This usually happens unknowingly, namely on weekends. As part of the study on Journal of Cell Metabolism For example, Saturdays and Sundays were found to be on average an hour later than on weekdays; In the evenings, meal time even extends from two to three hours backwards, because we – of course – stay longer on weekends. It is this change in eating behavior, according to American scientists, that can completely confuse our internal clock and cause some disturbance of the metabolic jetlag of speech.
Consequences of metabolic jet lag
The phenomenon of jet lag can have a long-term negative impact on our metabolism and overall health. Researchers have linked illnesses such as diabetes, as well as obesity and high blood sugar to a disturbed internal clock. Increased blood sugar, in turn, promotes body fat storage – the reason why we increase our metabolic delay, even if we really eat healthy.
What you can do to prevent your metabolism from falling behind
Go out on weekends at seven in the morning and have breakfast instead of waiting for a delicious breakfast with Benedict eggs and avocado toast just so your inner clock does not get confused? It doesn't sound like the best solution – luckily, the above study researchers have another suggestion. Therefore, it is sufficient to define a time frame of twelve hours' food, which is valid every day between Monday and Sunday. It could be around eight in the morning to eight in the evening; or from eleven o'clock in the morning (for muffling breakfast) to eleven o'clock in the evening. The body is optimally accustomed to this window of opportunity, while consuming fewer calories without giving up – 21 percent exactly as American scientists have discovered. The reason: We only drink certain drinks or meals at certain times, whether it's early morning coffee or Piña colada late into the night. A fixed food window eliminates such foods and automatically reduces calories.