The Metabolic Clock is fast becoming a bible for effortless weight loss and energy boosting. Eleanor Woods
- Surf Coast Times

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Why follow The Metabolic Clock?

Diets only work for the short time you are on them, and who wants to be on a diet for the rest of their life anyway? You can count calories to lose weight, but you may only be making an unhealthy diet smaller.

You can cut out all the carbohydrates and fats from your diet and always feel that you are hungry and missing something. Or you can see a health professional who gives you a long list of foods that you are not allowed to eat and look in your fridge and cupboard and think, ‘What am I going to eat?’

You can purchase pre-packaged, portion-controlled meals and lose weight while you diet. Then when you stop eating these meals, you may put all the weight back on plus, sometimes more.

You can be taken in by fad diets and the promises of quick weight loss products and unbalance your metabolism, leaving you feeling sluggish.

Or, you can use the strategies of The Metabolic Clock to create a balanced approach to losing weight and being healthy that lasts a lifetime.

What is The Metabolic Clock?

Your metabolism is linked to nature’s rhythms via your internal body clock. The daily cycle of sunrise and sunset triggers the release of hormones in the human body that manage appetite, energy, mood and sleep. However, modern living and lifestyle patterns have dramatically altered our ability to respond to nature’s cues. This can result in a slow metabolism, weight gain and a general lack of energy. When you are out of sync with nature’s rhythms, nothing feels right.

Think of your metabolism like a miniature sun. At sunrise it’s waking up, it gathers momentum and is at its peak at midday, then it glides gently into sunset slowing down and resting. Now relate this to the modern lifestyle pattern of a late breakfast or no breakfast at all, a late lunch and a large dinner at night. With this eating pattern, you are eating most of your food during your metabolism’s slowest cycle. Your body has to work hard to digest the food and you may wake up feeling very sluggish and tired.

The no-diet way to a slimmer,
more energised you

The Metabolic Clock shows you what to eat and when in order to speed up your metabolism and burn body fat for fuel while making it easy to shed excess kilos.

Your body requires carbohydrates during the day to provide energy and protein and vegetables to build and repair at night. If you eat carbohydrates at night, when not much energy is needed, your body will store this excess energy as fat while you sleep. On the other hand, if you go to bed without eating many carbohydrates then the reverse will happen – your body will burn fat for energy while you sleep. You can give your body the best ingredients it needs for a healing sleep with a meal of protein and vegetables in the early evening.

The six natural cycles that balance your metabolic clock

Balance your metabolic clock with the six natural cycles that manage appetite, energy, mood and sleep.
Cycle Time Name of Cycle Task to follow
6 am to 10 am Gaining momentum Wake-up at sunrise and rehydrate your body. Eating breakfast cranks up the digestive furnace and gets your metabolism moving. An early breakfast will provide fuel for the day’s activities.
10 am to 2 pm Metabolising food Eat fruit mid-morning to speed up your metabolism and fill your body with life-giving enzymes. A nourishing meal close to midday when your metabolism is most active will provide your body with the fuel it needs for an energetic afternoon.
2 pm to 6 pm Feeling energised If hungry, have a mid-afternoon protein snack. Do energetic exercise or walk to burn off excess fuel from the carbohydrates eaten during the day.
6 pm to 10 pm Relaxing and winding down Your metabolism naturally slows down at sunset so eat an early evening meal of protein and vegetables; the build and repair foods. By eliminating or minimising your carbohydrates at this time, you won’t store them as body fat while you sleep. Your body also releases sleep hormones in this cycle, so get yourself to bed before 10 pm to support deep, healing sleep.
10 pm to 2 am Rejuvenation and healing This sleep cycle – especially the hours before midnight – rejuvenates your adrenals, balances your hormones and heals your body.
2 am to 6 am Creative dreaming & visualisation Have a pen and paper next to your bed to capture any creative thoughts if you wake during this dreamy sleep cycle or get up early and meditate. Choose to get up early so that your metabolism can get moving. Sleeping late in the morning leads to feeling lethargic and slow.
The metabolic clock is your internal body clock, which cues you to be in balance with nature’s rhythms so that you have the right energy at the right time to perform the functions of your daily life comfortably and easily. In recognising this natural 24-hour cycle
you can maximise your metabolism for peak digestion, burn body fat more easily and have more energy for daily living.
A balanced metabolic clock will have you feeling inspired, energised and empowered.

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