Muscles need energy to produce power. They use energy all day long and when we sleep our muscles recover and use less energy.
Sounds simple, but new research has shown that muscles can request more energy from fat cells. We know a lot about our anatomy and physiology, but this is new.
Jason Karpac, PhD, assistant professor at the College of Medicine and principal investigator in this research says,
“During the day when our muscles are moving and requiring energy, this communication is important to make sure lipids are maintained for higher energy demand, and at night, when we’re less active, it shuts down to avoid excess fat accumulation, which could lead to obesity.”
What does that mean for you?
It matters when you eat. Your own circadian rhythm affects the signals that your muscles send to release fat for energy.
This is new research, but it does reinforce what I think about weight loss. One of the first things I want to know when I am helping someone lose weight, is when they eat. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 pounds or 10 pounds to lose, when you eat matters.
Fuel your muscles. Eat early and not too much.
Change your mind, change your health,
Join the book club!
Get on the list! Join the club, get the latest on books about health, fitness and changing your life.