While what you eat and how many calories you eat is far more important than when you eat, eating certain foods at specific times can make a difference. For instance, if you eat all your carbs at night, which are instant energy, they have a better chance of turning to fat than if you eat them in the morning when you have more of a chance to burn off the calories throughout the day. That’s just one reason why scheduling your daily diet can be truly helpful in helping you lose weight.
Your circadian rhythm is affected by when you eat.
Your body has an intricate system that revolves around the circadian rhythm. It’s your natural physiological internal clock that controls all the metabolic processes and hormones. When you work with it, you’re healthier and functioning at your best. Most studies show that eating earlier in the day help you to be at your best and a way to maintain level blood sugar, improve cholesterol, regulate hormones and even prevent weight gain. While eating a big breakfast early was part of the American habit when it was an agrarian society, that’s not true anymore.
One study showed that eating later in the day makes losing weight more difficult.
One more recent study used two groups to compare how timing meals made a difference. One group ate fifty percent of its calories at breakfast and divided the rest throughout the day. The other group ate fifty percent at dinner and divided the rest at breakfast and lunch. Those who ate a bigger breakfast lost twice as much as those who ate a bigger dinner.
Scheduling meals can make you more aware of when you eat.
Everyone has walked by a candy dish or grabbed a few snacks without thinking. In fact, often it doesn’t register as eating, it’s just a habit. When you schedule your meals and when you eat, you’ll have a specific time and absent minded eating will no longer be a problem. You’ll know every calorie you eat and it can help you lose weight.
- People who eat bigger breakfasts ten to have improved cholesterol and more level insulin throughout the day. That could mean a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease.
- Eating more at breakfast has been shown to help people to stick with their healthy eating and lower calorie diet, which could be a boon to losing weight.
- One study actually used identical meals, but one week apart. The difference was that the first one was given in the morning and the second meal was offered in the evening. When it came to a higher metabolism, the morning meal won.
- Another reason to time meals is sleep. You’ll sleep better at night when you eat more in the morning and less in the evening. Better sleep can improve feelings of well being.