What is the Best Time to Eat for Weight Loss?
If you’ve ever dieted, you’ve probably asked yourself this question at least once. What is the best time of day to eat in order to lose weight?
Some experts believe eating small portions of food every two – three hours throughout the day will keep your metabolism active, and therefore you will burn more calories. This thinking could be true, except the success of this reasoning’s effectiveness would depend on a number of factors.
What you’re eating, your age, your overall health, your oral health, portion size, your body’s chemistry makeup, the amount of exercise you get and your family health history can all play a role in how your body functions relative to what you do to, and with it as you try to lose weight.
If you’re eating sugary foods that are nothing more than empty calories, or you’re consuming processed foods, you may be defeating the purpose. Foods that are full of sugar or preservatives can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then, soon after, to plummet. This leaves you with a feeling of being hungry and you reach for food again, sooner than expected.
Additionally, if you don’t give your body time enough to digest what you’ve already eaten before you consume more food, your body doesn’t have time to complete a very important process called protein synthesis; a process by which your body naturally breaks down protein into valuable amino acids. If you’re not a real active person, this could be happening to you in between meals, and your dieting efforts could be getting thwarted.
Another view is the idea that if you eat a big breakfast, you don’t need to eat again until your midday meal. Again, the logic of this depends on what you had for breakfast, your level of energy use throughout your morning, as well as your overall health, and body chemistry.
So, When is the Best Time to Eat for Weight Loss?
The best time to eat for weight loss is first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Eating a well-balanced morning meal can jumpstart your metabolism, which will help you burn more calories. Not eating a morning meal will actually slow your metabolism down which results in less caloric consumption.
I recommend a berry smoothie with coconut milk, frozen berries and a raw egg (or a scoop of protein powder).
If you don’t feed your body properly it will go into survival mode. Your body will believe that it has to survive on the minerals and vitamins that are left inside of it. Your body’s reaction to this is to slow down your metabolism in order to consume less calories as a means of being able to sustain itself longer.
When Not to Eat
Eating 2 hours or less before bedtime isn’t good for weight loss.
Though it actually depends on the type of food consumed, it takes on average at least a couple of hours for the human body to break down food. This process is sped up when you are active, and slowed down when you’re not. Because we become less active as the day wears on, our metabolism slows down.
Therefore, eating food, and then being inactive by going to bed will slow down the digestive process, which in turn, slows down the time it takes your body to remove the good stuff in the food and discard the waste, which can result in inadequate weight loss, and even weight gain.
Definitely reduce or completely eliminate the amount of empty calories you consume each day, eat a well-balanced meal each morning, and refrain from consuming food before bedtime. Remove processed grains and sugars from your diet as well.
You might also consider consulting a nutritionist who can help you identify what eating habits will work best for you relative to your age, health, family health history and other mitigating factors.
Additionally, get 20 – 30 minutes of daily exercise, drink plenty of water, and larger portions of vegetables; all of which will help you in your efforts to lose weight. I recommend burst training exercises, as you can burn up to 3-9 times more fat than traditional cardio.
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