Chrono Nutrition: How The Way We Eat Affects Our Blood Sugar Levels

Along with what you heat, how you eat and when you eat are also important. Read this article to know how.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Jul 22, 2022Updated at: Jul 22, 2022
Chrono Nutrition: How The Way We Eat Affects Our Blood Sugar Levels

With changes in lifestyle, more choices in food, an increase in junk food consumption, our eating habits have completely changed. One can find tons of articles online about healthy food, mindful eating, etc. but did you know it's not just what we eat, when we eat during the day plays an equally important role in maintaining good health? Dietician Vidhi Chawla, Founder of Fisico Diet Clinic, explains about chrono nutrition and how it can be practised.

Humans have a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. It’s called circadian rhythm and it affects our metabolism, immune system, and basically helps us perform all our activities. It's important to note that not only good sleep but our eating habits play a very important role in this clock.

How do our eating habits affect our body and blood sugar?

Be conscious about skipping meals: Nowadays half of our caloric intake happens after 6 pm. This delay affects your circadian rhythm and can lead you to skip meals, which can make you feel drained and exhausted.

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It slows down your metabolism, affects your ability to produce enzymes, and leads to the accumulation of fat in your body, and drastically affects your blood sugar levels.

Chrono Nutrition

In medical terms, such eating habits can lead to the worsening of glycemic control. It can alter the genes, hampering the biological clock thus increasing blood sugar levels. It also leads to reduced glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, thus increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Maintaining your sugar levels is very important for your health and prevents any serious health issues.

What is chrono nutrition?

Chrono nutrition is ensuring that your metabolism is in-sync with the circadian clock by sticking to proper meal timings.

Make sure that your diet doesn’t just consist of carbs ( combine it with proteins, fibre, etc). Consume a good amount of fibre, reduce the consumption of hidden sugars, and most importantly have good quality and quantity of food at the same time every day. This can help you in maintaining a good blood sugar level. It is ideal to have your breakfast an hour after waking up and dinner three hours before going to bed.

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Benefits of chrono nutrition

Chrono Nutrition benefits

  • Helps in regulating blood sugar levels thereby reducing the risk of diabetes
  • Helps in fat loss
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • Reduces the cholesterol levels in the body

It is important to include most of the calories in your diet before 6pm as it will lead to less hunger pangs, and good insulin sensitivity. Having only three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and timing it properly is the golden rule for chrono nutrition.

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