The Body Clock Diet

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From Amanda Ursell, our Consultant Nutritionist
While most of us have heard of the adage "you are what you eat", have you ever stopped to consider that "you are what you eat"?

The existence of natural rhythms of life has been acknowledged for thousands of years, most obviously controlling the time we sleep and wake. But now experts who study our internal body clocks (who are known as "chrono-biologists") say that the annual, monthly and daily cycles of our lives can affect everything from appetite and weight grain to food cravings.

From an annual perspective, research suggests that humans who live in parts of the world where winter is colder than summer, we seem to eat around 7 per cent more calories during the chillier months. While this once helped us to survive colder periods, in today's western world of 24-hour central heating this ancient seasonal rhythm to our eating habits is a hindrance not a help, since weight gained during winter can be hard to completely shed in the coming spring.

But forewarned is forearmed. During the colder months, stop giving yourself a hard for your increased appetite but satisfy it with plenty of warming yet low calorie meals like soups and casseroles. And as we now move into spring when the weather is warmer and days longer, take advantage of the natural dip in appetite that occurs at this time of the year. Combine this with tucking into lots of high volume, low calorie vegetables and fruits and racking up the exercise and this will burn off those winter pounds.