Doctor Oz, 1/10/2018, features Dr. Michael Breus talking about using the body’s genetic makeup to find the perfect time to eat, sleep and lose weight. Breus calls this a Chronotype and he has a simple way for anyone to figure out which type applies to them. Oz says using the body’s natural cycles as a guide on when to eat will help a person lose stubborn weight that never seems to go away. There are 4 main Chronotypes, Lion, Bear, Wolf, and Dolphin and each has a unique set of identifiers and a unique plan on when to eat, sleep, and be healthier. Let’s identify the 4 types and how to find out which one applies to you.
This is the most common and applies to about 55% of the population. Bear types tend to follow a solar schedule and they tend to be most active during the day. Breus says this is why this type gets the most done. A normal work schedule fits in perfect with Bear Types.
This type makes up about 15% of the population. These go getters wake up very early and start to work immediately. Lions typically get most things done before anyone else even wakes up. They are organized and strategic thinkers.
Wolf types are the night owls and tend to start later in the day and are most active when the rest of the population is sleeping. Creative types like artists, musicians are normally Wolf types. Breus says this type is usually more introverted which fits because many people are not up at night.
Dolphins are the people who constantly have trouble sleeping. This type is usually very intelligent and focus driven. Breus says just like the mammal, this type seems to be going all the time and it is the reason they have trouble sleeping.
Breus says once a person figures out their chronotype, they can use this in their everyday lives to improve their quality of life. For example, if a husband is a bear and the wife is a wolf, it would be best to have important conversations late in the morning when both are at their peak. Using chronotypes to control or lose weight focuses on what time a person should eat. Breus also says it is important to get the right amount of sleep.
Daily Schedule for Specific Chronotypes to Maintain Health
Breus says everyone should focus on eating all meals within a 12 hours period during the day to allow the body time to digest food before bed. He recommends eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and having dinner at least 3 hours before going to bed. Below is an image showing the daily routine for each chronotype.
While some of these ideas are not new, Oz says understanding your genetic makeup and your chronotype can help in making job choices, help interaction with others, and be healthier.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Oz