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Unread 11-28-2018, 02:30 PM
AlphaBettor AlphaBettor is offline
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Default Dieting and Shift Work

How would you advise a shift worker on how to diet? By shift work, I mean a schedule that switches every week. In addition, these are 12+ hour shifts, so one week the person would work 3-4 days a week from 8am to 8pm. The next week, it's 8pm to 8am, and so on.

Some issues that come up:

- Chronic fatigue. The constant shifting is a major stress on the body. In dieting terms, it seems to increase appetite and worsen partitioning, not unlike what happens in sleep deprivation. Possibly because there's inherently a degree of sleep deprivation going on, especially in the days following the switch.

- No regular eating schedule. It's easier to build a diet framework for someone with a typical 9-5 type job because it's usually easy to at least slot in a breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the case of shift work though, these times get messed up very easily.

- Long, busy shifts (which sometimes go over), plus a commute both ways. All things considered, this could mean a 14+ hour eating window, if one were to do a traditional breakfast/lunch/dinner setup. Multiple leisurely meals on the job probably isn't going to happen. Lunch while working is usually about the best that can be done.

Curious to hear some ideas, especially from those who have had a schedule like this. How do you manage your eating, workout, and sleep schedule?

Last edited by AlphaBettor : 11-28-2018 at 02:56 PM.
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