There is ample attention given to which vegetables and fruits everyone should eat, and what your portions should look like, because of which it can seem that eating the right food, and counting calories is all there is to a fast weight loss. But a new study shows otherwise.
It turns out, when it comes to losing weight, when you eat is just as important as what you eat. In a survey conducted by Forza Supplements, they asked 1000 dieters when they thought the best time to eat was.
The result were as follows:-
- Breakfast: The best time came to be a little after 7 am, with the most optimum time being 7:11 am.
- Lunch: It showed the ideal time to be between 12:30pm -1:00pm, with 12:38pm being the best time for your afternoon meal.
- Dinner: It is better to have your third meal early, which is between 6pm-6:30pm, with 6:14 pm being the most optimum.
Additionally, 72% of the dieters mentioned how they would never exceed the amount of calories they had in lunch during dinner time, encouraging everyone to keep the third meal light.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day
Not only did 84% of the dieters mention how sticking to these times was crucial to shed pounds, but 76% of them also said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. This latter statistic is not surprising to me, but I know of many people who love to skip the first meal in the hopes of cutting down on calories.
This, unfortunately, is a doomed attempt at weight loss. Research shows that people who actually skip breakfast are more prone to be overweight. This is because they are more likely to overeat at later meals, or throughout the day in the form of snacking. Fuelling your body with a healthy breakfast actually sets an optimal scene for the rest of the day….one filled with healthy eating choices. Depraving yourself will create hunger, and we are not the best decision makers at that stage.
Start your day with a healthy portion of complex carbohydrates, protein and good fat. It will keep you well satiated until lunch.
Refuel with lunch
Many people…students attending college, people with 9-5 jobs….forgo lunch because of their hectic schedules or just to lose weight.
A busy day can leech out the energy tank making you sluggish, grumpy and unfocused. Make sure your lunch is between 400-600 calories, with items that are filled with good fat, carbohydrates and protein. Lunch is important to keep your sugar level constant. Skipping on this second meal will cause your blood glucose level to crash, not leaving you with enough energy to sustain you through the rest of the day. Not just that, but your metabolism rate will also slow down and eventually it will stop burning fuel. Don’t delay your lunch because it will leave you over hungry, during which instant that cheese burger and the sweet section……the ones filled with unhealthy fats and sugars….will look even more attractive.
Do not leave dinner for late
We are the most inactive during the evening. If you eat dinner too late, or too close to bed, chances are they are just going to get converted and stored as fat. Not just that, but eating before bed will spike your blood sugar, making it very hard to sleep.
Keep your dinner light, and avoid very starchy foods like potatoes. Instead opt for asparagus, leafy green vegetables and mushrooms. Pair it with a good protein such as chicken or fish. Add a good amount of healthy fat to make your meal satisfying and delicious. For drink, stick with water or a light drink such as lemonade or tea.
That said, for many of us, it might be impossible to eat our meals at the exact time suggested by the study. But we can still keep our meals within the suggested time frame. Staying regular and consistent about eating your three meals every day is very important. This will keep away the hunger pangs and eliminate the urge of mindless eating, which will then translate into weight loss.
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In the comments below, please tell me: Do you have set schedule for your meal? Also, do you plan on having your meal in the recommended times?