When you eat is almost as important as what you eat.
Calorie restriction is believed to be the most effective method of weight loss, but the time you eat may affect how your weight loss journey goes.
The recommended route to managing your food intake is to have an eating schedule that suits your lifestyle.
1. Try eating at the same time each day.
The connection between the body’s natural biorhythms and weight gain is more than just what you eat. Restricting what you eat to a certain time every day sets your body on a schedule.
2. Eat breakfast in consideration of other meals.
Research found that people who ate breakfast saw reduced dietary fat intake and impulsive snacking. A nutrient-rich breakfast can help manage weight and improve overall nutrient intake.
3. Consider an earlier lunch and a smaller dinner.
4. Refrain from eating at night, or after 7 p.m.
5. Practice good sleep habits. Exposure to light at night may shift your body’s internal clock and lead to late night eating.
6. Eat within 45 minutes after exercise to help your body replenish glycogen and repair muscle.