Our Resting Bodies Tend To Burn More Calories In the Late Afternoon

November 13, 2018

© Aleksei Todosko | Dreamstime

You are always burning calories, even when you are sitting on the couch. Sadly for us, this calorie count does not add up to the number of calories in a slice of chocolate cake but we are indeed using energy.  Come to find out, even at rest, our bodies burn about 10% more calories in the late afternoon and early evening. The study found that people's body temperatures were at their lowest when their body clock was set to late night, and at their highest about 12 hours later, in the late afternoon. The findings may help explain why people who don't have regular schedules, like night-shift workers, are more likely to gain weight. The finding may be more relevant to avoid the body's calorie-burning dip in the late night and early morning. We may be eating that breakfast not only at a time when our body might not be prepared to deal with it, but at a time when we need less energy to maintain our functions. Therefore, the same breakfast might result in extra stored calories, because we don't need those to maintain our body functions. The study only focused on calories burned while at rest, which is the energy your body needs to run basic bodily functions like breathing and circulating blood throughout the body. So researchers aren't sure if people would benefit from planning their exercise in the late afternoon and early evening. However people who want to lose or maintain weight should stick to regular sleep and eating habits, as it is not only what we eat, but when we eat, and rest, that impacts how much energy we burn or store as fat.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

See and hear more from the 98.5 KTK Morning Show

98.5 KTK Morning Show Podcast