Your weight loss program may not succeed, if you skip your meal timings.

Eating your dinner late can cause a 10% reduction in your fat burning overnight compared to eating early, according to a study.

Irregular meal timings may also increase your obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Weight loss may also depend on your sleep habits and circadian rhythm.

Can Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss

Irregular meal timings can severely impact the way your different organs and tissues are synchronized. We’re talking about organs and tissues related to your digestion, absorption and metabolism such as your stomach, liver, adipose tissue and pancreas.

Research in the field of experimental animal models suggests food intake is a major external synchronizer of your peripheral clocks.

In other words, your timing of eating determines how much fat is accumulated in your body, which will negatively or positively impact your weight loss treatment.

If your weight loss treatment does not respond to lifestyle or dietary interventions, it is because it does not depend on them. Then what does it depend on?

Your Gene Markers, undoubtedly!

Just so you know, your genetic marker behaves exactly like a landmark. It takes us closer to where the problem lies and helps us fix it for you through DNA test, followed by DNA-based dietary interventions and lifestyle changes.

When Should You Eat

According to two research papers published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, what you eat matters as when you eat. It is this harmonious relationship between these two which sets your metabolic rate higher and healthier.

Always stick to a consistent meal schedule from everyday, which may help in your weight loss program. It can also increase your energy levels and contribute to the reduction in the cluster of metabolic risk factors.

People respond differently to a same dietary protein, and their reactions vary in terms of how it affects their organs and tissues, as mentioned earlier. The reactions also vary in terms of how the same dietary protein helps individuals lose a few extra pounds.

It is, in a medical parlance, called problems of attrition and variability in response.

Your own genetics affect how your body regulates circadian rhythms that interact with mealtimes. Therefore, it is important to approach meal timings from the standpoint of Nutrigenomics.

The universal yardstick of managing your weight loss program through conventional dietary interventions without a conclusive gene analysis is not likely to work for you.

How Nutrigenomics Can Help You

Here, we come to two important questions with regard to your weight loss intervention: How to determine:

  • what should you eat
  • when should you eat

The answer is very simple.

You often respond to a dietary plan according to what your DNA markers point to and how they interact with outside environment. We have to aim for an optimal relationship between your circadian rhythms and your metabolism.

Here, a personalised dietary routine, based on nutrigenomics, may very well help you.

Just think of a scenario where you are directly under the supervision of a seasoned nutritionist for your weight loss program.

The nutritionist can guide your weight loss efforts systematically by removing the mismatches and irregularities in your approach, improvising the necessary steps and guiding you to your weight loss goals.

A personalised dietary plan, based on your DNA-markers, can work way better for you and help you towards sustainable weight loss.

Then you will know what to eat and when to eat. And how to reduce your weight and sustain it for years to come.


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Sources: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and Bicycling

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