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Maintaining ideal weight: Eat, sleep in accordance with circadian rhythm

  • Muthi Achadiat Kautsar and Musthofid

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 23 2020   /  01:00 am
Biological timekeeper: Aligning meal times and bedtime with the circadian rhythm, or the natural body clock, can help us maintain our ideal body weight. (Shutterstock/VectorMine)

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces millions to stay at home, hearing people grumble about gaining weight has become commonplace. Working from home has forced many to be confined to their desks at home, with limited space for the intense physical activities they usually do such as running, swimming or playing competitive sports. Not to mention that staying at home comes with great temptations for frequent snacking and living a sedentary lifestyle closely related to excessive screen time. Raissa E. Djuanda, a clinical nutrition specialist, said at a live webinar titled “Maintaining ideal weight while staying at home” that those who spend too much time glued to TV, laptop or smartphone screens may not do enough physical activity or could become sleep deprived, and are hence at risk of gaining weight. While we know that being physically inactive causes weight gain simply becau...