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Better Me Animals: The 4 Chronotypes And Weight Loss

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Morning people are widely considered superior to all others. They tend to look more active, more productive, and healthier. Indeed, the whole timing of society is adjusted to this rhythm, from early morning school start to traffic jams in the evening. However, people who find it more comfortable to wake up late and work till deep night find this injustice absolutely infuriating, as they’re forced into work at times when they simply can’t perform tasks in their best shape. The scientific discovery of chronotypes firmly states that every chronotype is equal in their ability to be productive. Yet, is it so with the weight loss progress? Read this article to find out how your chronotype might be connected to your successes and difficulties in weight loss.

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Better Me Animals: What is my chronotype?

Your organism develops a time-keeping system that determines when you’re alert and ready to work, and when you really want to cover yourself in a blanket, put your head on a pillow, and see sweet dreams. This internal clock which releases certain hormones at certain times is called your chronotype. 

It is very useful to understand your chronotype, as this knowledge allows you to plan your time much more efficiently, let your brain work at its peak, and have rest when it begs for a break. Your daily regimen will be the most coherent with your biological rhythms if you learn your chronotype. 

There are a couple of different methods of distinguishing chronotypes. Sometimes, they’re defined as morning type, evening type, and neither (which is something in the middle).

Using Better Me Animals chronotypes, though, you can look through not three, but four distinct types with specific characteristics: Bear, Wolf, Lion, and Dolphin.

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Bear Chronotype

Most people fall into this category. Bears’ productivity regimen follows the sun, and they have no problems with insomnia. They are most ready for complex tasks in the middle of the morning and they tend to have a post-lunch dip in the mid-afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. 

Bears have steady energy, resulting in accomplishing tasks most of the time. If you’re a bear, you can be highly productive as long as you don’t try pushing past the mid-afternoon time of recharge. 

Wolf Chronotype

Wolfs often have trouble waking up in the morning. This type probably hates their alarm clock the most. Actually, wolfs’ energy boosts if they wake up at noon, and their productivity peak starts immediately afterward. Their energy continuously lowers up to the evening, and many experience an additional burst at about 6 p.m. Wolfs can carry out a significant number of tasks in the evening. 

Lion Chronotype

Lions are those praised morning people. Lions wake up with the birds’ song, perform the most in the morning, and tend to pass out early at 9 to 10 p.m.

Dolphin Chronotype

If you have sleeping problems, you might be a dolphin. Of course, insomnia and similar serious issues do not qualify under this label, and you should seek treatment if you’ve suddenly started experiencing stuff like that. Rather, dolphins are people having trouble with falling asleep due to their sensitivity to external disturbing factors like the noise from their neighbors and people in the street, or light shining through the curtains. 

If you’re a dolphin, you wake up many times at night and often suffer from lack of sleep. Dolphins do their best between mid-morning and early afternoon. 

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Better Me Animals and Weight Loss

Most studies inquiring into the connection between chronotype and weight loss do not use animal terminology (probably because it’s too fancy for scientific discourse). Instead, they’re using rather bland terms of morning and evening types. Unfortunately, for Bears and Dolphins, more research is needed on your chronotype. Also, the research on this link is fairly recent, but further evidence is needed. Generally, there is bad news for night owls.

According to numerous studies, evening type people exhibit lower adherence to a healthy diet, tend to skip breakfasts and delay the timing of the meal. This all increases their propensity to obesity, as both higher calorie intake during the dinner, and shift of the meal to the later time of the day are connected to this disease (3, 4). At the same time, more successful weight loss is associated with morning types (2). So, if you’re a night owl, you should be careful and stick to a healthy regimen, as you’re generally more prone to gaining extra pounds. Some trials show that specific diets adjusted to your chronotype are more effective in countering this tendency (1).

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To sum up, Better Me Animals is a nice tool for you to understand the regimen your body follows and keep it in mind when organizing your schedule as well as the dietary regime. Look through a Vegetarian or Keto diet if you wish to start your weight loss journey right now!

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DISCLAIMER:

This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!

SOURCES:

  1. Effect of a chronotype-adjusted diet on weight loss effectiveness: A randomized clinical trial (2020, sciencedirect.com)
  2. Successful weight loss maintenance associated with morning chronotype and better sleep quality (2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
  3. Tendency toward eveningness is associated with unhealthy dietary habits (2012, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
  4. The Association between Chronotype and Dietary Pattern among Adults: A Scoping Review (2020, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
Alex Porter

Alex Porter

Alex is a professional writer who takes pride in helping people achieve their health goals and motivates others to start taking care of their bodies through exercise and proper nutrition. Being a part of the BetterMe Team, he is extremely inspired by our mission to promote a healthy lifestyle, which includes not only physical, but also mental well-being. Alex emphasizes the importance of safe yet efficient workouts and healthy diets. His main goal is to make more people realize how essential these aspects are, and how drastically they can improve their lives.

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Inga Grebeniuk-Gillyer

Hey there! I'm a European Champion in synchronized swimming who holds a Bachelor degree in Physical Education. I have experience in working with Olympic level athletes, produced National Champions, State Champions and helped athletes secure their spots on the National teams.
I don't just want to work with professional athletes. I strongly believe that my purpose is to help anybody I work with to achieve their fitness goals and become their best self.

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