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Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life: How to Harness the Power of Clock Genes to Lose Weight, Optimize Your Workout, and Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep

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An eye-opening handbook from a leading Ayurvedic physician that blends cutting-edge science on "clock genes" with ancient eastern wisdom to help us understand how to harness the power of chronobiology to effortlessly lose weight, sleep better, exercise stronger, reduce stress, and boost our wellbeing.

"It’s not you, it’s your schedule." Does it sound like magic? It’s not. W
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Harper Wave
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot from this one--maybe because I already buy it. The body has a circadian rhythm and you feel best when you follow it. The part I loved most about this book was the most unscientific--that there are different types of bodies. He has three different types of sleepers, eaters, exercisers and I could easily find myself in his quizes and my kids and husband. His suggestions for each were the same (go to bed early, eat breakfast, get out in the sun, exercise), but it did feel validating ...more
Marjorie Elwood
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the basic assumption (that one doesn't get to sleep before 10:30 p.m.) is incorrect in my case, the initial suggestions given made sense:
-Get to sleep at a set time each night, ideally before 10:30 p.m.
-Eat your largest meal of the day around noon
-Exercise first thing in the morning

Unfortunately, it dissolves into pseudo-science later on in the book and the diet recommended for my Ayurvedic type is so restrictive that I'd rather be fat.
Kasey Claytor
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love books that have a holistic approach to health and wellbeing while offering research to support all the recommendations. This is a book anyone can pick up and use to improve their health through gentle changes in their daily life. We all know we should get to bed early, not snack late at night, and exercise, but wait until you find out why! The reasons will astound you, while being so simple! He pulls in the science of Ayurveda which is a body of knowledge that speaks clearly in tim ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved: the education and schedule suggestions around circadian rhythm, and the insistence on sleep importance and consistency. I will certainly implement many things I learned from this book. What I didn’t love: the constant referral to weight, as if it is the only or most important motive for making lifestyle changes, citing Ayurvedic theories as evidence without actual evidence, and all the TOXINS. Oh, the toxins. Honestly, most experts lose some if not most credibility with me if they ...more
This book is a life-changer! I had not read anything about Ayurvedic medicine before, so this book fascinated me and seemed more hopeful than anything else I’ve read on some of these health issues. The book’s main premise is that you need to follow a specific daily schedule for sleeping, exercising, and eating—and your biggest meal should be lunch. (In fact, the schedule is so specific that he outlines it to the minute, at least 2x, in the book.) There is also very interesting info about how tra ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Listened to via audible.

Someone recommended I read this book when I started the f45 challenge (clean eating plus intense cardio for 8 weeks). The beginning started off strong and the following points were really pushed:

1. We as a society go to bed waaaay too late and this is messing with our circadian rhythm
* Ideally, we'd sleep around 10-6
* No screen time 2 hours before sleep as this tricks the body into thinking the sun is out
* Taking walks outside if you work in an office helps us keep awake
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had some incredible advice and insights! I am now fascinated by Ayurvedic medicine and Chronobiology. I adjusted my schedule the tiniest bit and have noticed tremendous benefits.

The Author’s “if you do nothing else, do these 3 things” advice is to:
1) Set a consistent bedtime, before 10:30pm, and stick to it,
2) Do some form of light exercise first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast,
3) Eat your largest meal at lunch rather than dinner time.

I’m not great at always doing the
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I've literally been telling everyone I know about this book. Could it really be as simple as Change Your Schedule Change Your Life? Going to try it and find out.

Read a book that will make you smarter
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot from this one! Most of the advice was very practical and I felt like I could implement several of his suggestions into my routine.

This was also the right length and I felt engaged the whole way through. The 3 stage approach at the end with example schedules was money.

If you pick this up, don’t sleep on the recipe he mentions for the “Tasty Ginger Drink”. So delish.
I am skeptical about a lot of the practices in this book since their origins are referenced as Ayurvedic medicine. It seems like a way to sell the Orient image of health to westerners. I also wasn't a fan of the "chronobiologists" cavalierly referred to in this book. However, it does seem to offer some good advice on healthy habits and practices. Not a whole lot I haven't heard before, but again, the origins referenced was Ayurvedic medicine so that makes me automatically skeptical. ...more
Jacquelyn Merryfield
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this. Life changing.
Hitessh Panchal
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You get on a crash diet ! Things don't work !!
You run your way to breath your lungs out , but it barely makes a difference on your waistline !!!

Dr. Suhas unfolds the mystery on why matching your daily activities according to your biological clock that keeps ticking and keeping track of everything within your own body.

Eye opener and no fancy stuffs , but simple changing your lifestyle slowly and steadily for long term and long lasting results.

Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
This was a great book to start off the new year with! I knew a lot of the tips, but the quizzes and schedules were super helpful. I also loved how Suhas gave suggestions for different seasons. So often I forget my body needs different things during the year. This is a very easy to follow informative book for those who know and don't know about circadian rhythm. ...more
Clinton Hutchings
Wow - this is the book that puts it all together. Sleep? Check. Eating? Check. Exercise? Check. Meditation? Check. I've read many books on those subjects, but this seemingly takes the best of each of them and frames how to implement around the circadian rhythm. Absolutely wonderful. Already reading for a second time. ...more
Lisa Welch
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very informative and interesting read about chronobiology. Some good food for thought about changes I can make in the areas of diet, exercise, and sleep to make my overall quality of life better. I just ordered myself my own physical copy!
Megan (ReadingRover)
This book was extremely interesting. I found it to be a different approach to weight loss and general health than most of the books I’ve been seeing. It teaches you to follow Ayurvedic principles along with your body’s natural circadian rhythm and hormones. It was very insightful to listen to but I will also be buying the print version to really be able to get the full grasp of it. I also like having physical copies of books like this so I can refer back to them. 5 stars.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good tips for sleeping, eating, and exercising for your body type. The key foundational changes for a healthy schedule make sense and are explained well.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Practical tips from on how to sync your schedule with your natural circadian rhythms to achieve optimal health. Based on Ayurvedic medicine.
Sarah Lee
I think this book had some good information, but I also feel it was very repetitive. I also listened to this book on CD and I think reading the print version would be much more beneficial than listening. There were some tests to see your various types of body, exercise, eating, etc style which would be easier to take if you could reread over the answers to choose. Also when it breaks down the types in the reading it would be nice to be able to skip over the types you don't fall into, as I person ...more
Susan Wright
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that makes me go "Wow! I hadn't thought of that!" After each chapter in this text I found myself thinking something along those lines. What a fantastic journey into how the human body works and operates on a daily basis.

There is a little bit of everything included in this writing; from technical information to applicable day-to-day lifestyle changes one can incorporate (starting TODAY) to promote a healthier lifestyle. This is not a "one size fits all
R.M. Hamrick
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book on Ayurveda was wrapped in minimally-researched chronobiology with a sprinkling of "Are you tired of being tired?! TRY THIS!" to entice you to buy a book on Ayurveda. The entirety of the "clock gene" content could fit in the subtitle as "Exercise before breakfast, eat your largest meal midday, and go to bed before 10:30PM." This scheme-y, gimmicky presentation undermines any value that Ayurveda might actually have. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly insightful. Acknowledging the importance of your body’s natural schedule to help better your life. It was great to get back to the basics. I liked all aspects of the book: exercise, food and sleep.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
Really, really enjoyed this book, and will be employing several of the ideas to help (hopefully) regulate my sleep cycle. I liked the author's writing style and the audiobook was well-produced. ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it was very interesting. Kshirsagar makes the case that our bodies are very much tied to circadian rhythms and when we spend too much time on screens or stay up late, get up early and eat at odd times it wreaks havoc on our bodies and our health. Kshirsagar recommends a few changes to your daily routine that can yield enormous results - this is Ayurvedic medicine. His basic suggestion is to get up at the same time every day - he recommends around ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Overall this book was kinda meh. It was have a few valuable snippets of info, but it's not the best book if you want to get a thorough understanding of Ayurveda. It's tailored for a person just trying to improve their own life and not care about the rest, but because of that the tone throughout is pretty self-improvement-preachy and I'm pretty sick of that. I should've known from the way the title sounded.

Since Ayurveda is a system of healing based on a person's body type, and there are three, i
Elizabeth Haven
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot of great information and advice in here. Learning about Ayurveda more was really great. However there are a lot of assumptions made that I think are false and generalizations. For example, weight loss is equated to becoming healthier. This is why I gave it a lower review.

Lots of these reviews though, talk about the lack of science around Ayurveda, but that doesn't bother me. The main advice I took from those sections were good ones in my opinion. That is, everyone is different an
A.V. Dalcourt
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't do well with ideology based information. That said there is a lot of common sense information in this book, but nothing ground breaking. Having read extensively in productivity and time management, there was really very little 'new' information.

I bought this book with the Power of When (Amazon recommendation/also bought) which turned out to be more diet focused than productivity focused. So right off the top, this book is a miss for me.

The book is broken down into three major areas: Slee
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The book can be alternatively titled as "Introduction of the Indian Ayurvedic system to the spoilt Americans". Honestly speaking, this book has been written for American (or may be Western) audience. Many of the highly criticsed food habits and unhealthy sleeping schedules you don't find among Indian folks. However there is a visible trend of the same culture slowly creeping into Indian lifestyle as well. And if that happens, that day is not far when we Indians too will have to learn healthy foo ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga, health, lifestyle
This book was a great find! I have read other books on Ayurveda but this one by far was the most straightforward and helpful for me!

I can't remember what I typed to search on the library site but this one came up and I was immediately taken by the title because it's something I have struggled with over the years. I haven't gone very far yet but already I am doing better. I will be taking notes and likely taking the book out to borrow from the library again.

The only poor point of the book is tha
Farhana Faruq
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-fitness, audio
This book is about following the circadian rhythm in order to feel and function better in life. It's by an Ayurvedic physician so a lot of it is based on those teachings.

I enjoyed the book. I do think if we followed the circadian rhythm our body will be more balanced. So I'm trying this out. It's not that much different from how I normally function so following it and applying some of the principles (like no screen time two hours before bed, but you must sleep before 10:30) isn't that difficult
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“you hit your deepest sleep cycle at about two a.m., that your body temperature is lowest at about four a.m. Your body’s sharpest rise of blood pressure comes at about six forty-five a.m., and a bowel movement is most likely at eight thirty in the morning. By ten in the morning, your mental alertness peaks, and your digestion is operating most efficiently at noon. Your coordination, reaction time, and cardiovascular strength peak in the afternoon while your digestion powers down. After sunset, your blood pressure hits its highest daily level, along with your body’s temperature. At about nine p.m., your brain starts releasing melatonin, and your digestion slows to half speed. By ten thirty, your bowel movements are suppressed, and your digestion is at a crawl. This happens, or should happen, every day.” 0 likes
“In 2017, three research physiologists won the Nobel Prize for their four decades of work unraveling the mysteries of the circadian rhythm in biology. They found that the diurnal rhythm of nature affects the functioning of cells in plants, animals, humans, and even some single-cell bacteria. Specific genes change the function of cells based on the time of day. While this may seem like an esoteric set of discoveries, the new field of chronobiology has practical applications that have revolutionary implications for the future of wellness.” 0 likes
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