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WHEN is the right time to eat? And is it chronodisruption that's preventing weight loss?

by Dr. Kristen Halland @BalanceDoc

In modern America, a common pattern is to skip breakfast or eat a small breakfast,

have lunch mid day, and then dinner as our largest meal followed by a nighttime snack.

We know food quality is important. But what happens when you eat at the wrong times?

Throughout the daytime, our bodies are processing food differently depending on the time of day and that's because of normal daily fluctuations in body temperature, hormone levels, physical activity, and various other factors. This is known as circadian rhythm, which affects our body functions throughout the day. The concept of our body's internal clock though is actually not new. It's part of Oriental Medicine that's been traced back almost 9,000 years. In Acupuncture, we call it the Horary Cycle where certain organs or energy systems are more active at certain times of day:

Factors such as working through meals, a lack of sleep, eating late at night can cause a disruption in normal circadian rhythm, known medically as chronodisruption.

Studies have shown that there's a higher incidence of obesity when people eat a large proportion of food later in the day and the time of day we eat is MORE important than the amount that we eat when it comes to weight loss. There are several reasons we could have chronodisruption but if we do, it can make it more difficult to lose weight.

Listen to "WHEN we eat matters & the sweeteners (Episode 05)" of The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review on iTunes to learn how keep your diet from getting derailed!

Dr. Kristen Halland is a chiropractor with specialty certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine nutrition. She has enjoyed serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2010 from our Hoffman Estates, IL location alongside her Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractic colleague, and a great support team! Dr. Halland enjoys blogging about natural treatments, staying modern and accessible with virtual appointment access for her patients, and her podcast, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review.

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Dr. Kristen Halland is a chiropractor with specialty certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine nutrition. She has enjoyed serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2010 from our Hoffman Estates, IL location alongside her Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractic colleague, and a great support team! Dr. Halland enjoys blogging about natural treatments, staying modern and accessible with virtual appointment access for her patients, and her podcast, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review.