So it turns out that when you eat meals is just as important as what you eat in them. Who knew? A study shows that there is a direct correlation between the timings of your meals and weight loss.
The takeaway from this scientific study is that, in order to manage your weight better, you should not only adopt a healthy diet but also eat the healthy food at the right times.
You can find the required information about finding the right time to eat below. All you have to do is start a journal where you write down what you are eating and at what time. This way you can use what you learn and enjoy its advantages.
Eat Meals at the Right Time: Breakfast
Breakfast should be eaten within an hour of waking up.
You should take heed of the advice your mother gave you all those years ago. Don’t skip breakfast under any circumstances.
It is the most important meal of the day and researchers believe that when you skip breakfast it sets up your body for the rest of the day. You will get hungry multiple times in the day and have cravings for larger meals the entire day. And when you eat more times, your blood sugar will naturally go up. Raising the risk of diabetes and other diseases over a period of time.
So don’t skip breakfast, ever.
You should have a healthy breakfast every day. Protein and fibers should be the main ingredients in your breakfast. An egg with oatmeal or a vegetable omelet with whole grain bread are excellent options. A healthy breakfast like that will give your metabolism a kick start and regulate your blood sugar level at a normal rate.
Do not go for pastries or doughnuts in the morning that is worse than skipping breakfast.
Eat Meals at the Right Time: Lunch
Eat lunch 4 – 4.5 hours after you eat your breakfast.
You must have heard the phrase;
“Eat like a king in the morning, like a prince in the afternoon, and like a pauper in the evening.”
Sticking to that advice can do wonders for you. Aside from eating lunch at the right time, you may want to exercise portion control to manage your weight better.
You have to eat a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the day and to start your body’s various systems. By the time you get to lunch, you don’t have to do that in the afternoon.
A good hack to eating less calories and still having the portion you are used to is by eating salads or low carb foods. You can eat to your heart’s desire and consume less calories this way.
Eat meals at the Right Time: Dinner
Eat Dinner at least 3 hours before going to bed.
Remember that you are going to be less active after having dinner. So loading up at dinner time is the worst thing that you can do.
All the carbs that you consume after dinner, the ones that don’t get burned, will be stored in your body as fat. Causing an increase in your weight.
This is also why you should eat hours before your turn in for the night. So your body has time to digest the food properly and you can burn some of the calories off while you are awake.
Late night trips to the kitchen should be avoided. If you absolutely have to eat something late at night than go for one of these low calorie snacks. Going for sugary or salty snacks late at night give your body a jolt and you might stay up later because of it. And we all know how important a good night’s sleep is for your health.
You can have snacks in middle of your meals, but they should not have any processed sugar. We know, no fun. But there are plenty of healthy and tasty drinks and snacks that have little to no calories. You can find some on our blog’s healthy eating section.
Don’t overdo it with the snacks though. Remember portion control, it applies to snacks as well. A hand full of almonds, a glass of fruit smoothie or something similar is all that you should allow yourself.
There isn’t exactly an exact timing to eat meals but if you plan it right you can adjust the timings according to your own schedule. Just note the gaps between the meals and the portion control for each meal. Do that and you will be able to manage your weight much more easily.