Experts Debate: Is the Circadian Rhythm Diet All Hype?

Cassie Shortsleeve
by Cassie Shortsleeve
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Experts Debate: Is the Circadian Rhythm Diet All Hype?

Circadian rhythm — aka your body’s internal clock that governs your sleep and wake schedules — is an integral factor in overall health and well-being, playing a role in everything from when you’re most primed to exercise to when you go to sleep and more. In 2017, researchers studying the topic even won a Nobel Prize for their work.

What’s more, circadian rhythm is intimately tied to diet and weight loss. When we eat and what we eat helps the body understand what time it is, impacts physiology, emotional health and more.

Since humans are normally awake during the day and asleep at night, it makes sense that eating during the day is the best bet. (If you normally eat dinner at 7 p.m. and go to bed at 10 p.m. and suddenly were asked to wake up at 3 a.m. for food, your body would likely feel out of whack.) But everybody (and their circadian rhythm) is slightly different, which means nighttime feeders aren’t necessarily doomed.

Here, experts take sides on how much an impact eating in conjunction with your circadian rhythm has on your health — and what to do if you tend to eat a little later than most.

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3756673

**https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26548599

About the Author

Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve

Cassie Shortsleeve is a Boston-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked on staff at both Shape and Men’s Health and contributes regularly to a slew of national print and digital publications such as Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, and Furthermore for Equinox. With a degree in English and creative writing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has a passion for reporting on all things health, lifestyle, and travel.

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